Dr. Nora Fritz is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program, Department of Health Care Sciences and Department of Neurology at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Fritz is the Director of the Neuroimaging and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory (http://cphs.wayne.edu/research/nnl.php). Dr. Fritz’s research interests include examining the influence of cognition on mobility and exploring exercise interventions to improve function in individuals with neurologic conditions. She is particularly interested in linking clinically observable function to structural imaging and predicting the outcomes of exercise interventions using neuroimaging. Her laboratory is currently funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Dr. Fritz’s research has been recognized by the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, where she has twice won the Whitaker Prize for Multiple Sclerosis Research, and the Huntington Study Group, where she was recognized as a Shoulson Scholar. Dr. Fritz serves on the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy nominating committee, is the Secretary for the Society for Neuroscience, Michigan Chapter and is a member of the Steering Committee for the development of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Exercise and Physical Activity in Huntington’s Disease.
As the director of the Neuroimaging and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory, Dr. Fritz’s general research interests focus on understanding the interaction of cognition and mobility in individuals with neurodegenerative diseases. An overarching goal of this work is to pair clinical and neuroimaging measures to better understand these relationships and their potential role in prediction for rehabilitation success. The long-term goal of the laboratory aims to augment recovery of individuals with neurodegenerative diseases by developing neurorehabilitation techniques that enhance motor-cognitive interactions. Her current lines of research include:
• Novel physical therapy interventions for individuals with neurodegenerative disease: This line of research targets the development, feasibility and efficacy of interventions for individuals with neurodegenerative disease. These studies have been focused on individuals with Multiple Sclerosis and Huntington’s Disease.
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- Relationships among mobility and cognition: This line of research establishes cross-sectional and longitudinal relationships among mobility and cognition in persons with neurodegenerative disease as well as healthy and aging adults.
- Imaging markers of function in neurodegenerative disease: This line of research examines structural and tract-specific imaging measures and their relationship to and predictive value for functional performance in individuals with neurodegenerative disease. These studies confirm that clinical scales can provide insight into brain pathology.
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Awards & Honors
2015 Whitaker Prize for Multiple Sclerosis Research, Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers
2016 Huntington Study Group Shoulson Scholar Award
2016 The Next Generation of Huntington’s Disease Investigators, Huntington’s Disease Insights Magazine
2017 Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Annual Meeting Scholarship
2017 Whitaker Prize for Multiple Sclerosis Research, Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers
2017 Mabel E. Holton Award, Michigan Physical Therapy Association
Bachelor of Science in Zoology, Miami University
Doctor of Philosophy in Health in Rehabilitation Sciences with a specialization in Neuroscience and Translational Science, The Ohio State University
Doctor of Physical Therapy, The Ohio State University
Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program, Department of Health Care Sciences and Department of Neurology
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins University and Kennedy Krieger Institute