News and Updates

June 7, 2013: Professor, son near end of walk across Kansas – San Antonio Express-News

June 5, 2013: KU Med Center professor passes through Lawrence during walk across Kansas for stroke research – Lawrence Journal-World

May 23, 2013: Billinger pulls over in Hays for stroke presentation – The Hays Daily News

May 16, 2013: Mom, son walk across Kan. to benefit stroke survivors – from Fox 4 News, Kansas City


May 16, 2013: Walk hopes to raise awareness and money for stroke research – from the Kansas City Kansan


Benefit Concert for Walk Across Kansas
KU Medical Center students combined their musical talents Thursday, May 9, in support of stroke research. The free event, held in the Murphy Courtyard on campus, raised awareness and donations for Walk Across Kansas. Jason-Flor Sisante and Zaid Mansour, students in KU's Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science program, performed an entertaining blend of classical, pop and show tunes. An acclaimed musician and songwriter in his native Jordan, Mansour has played around the world with "My Favorite Enemy" – a project which brings together musicians from the Middle East, the U.S., and Europe to promote peace between cultures. They were joined by Brandon Hidaka of Doctors' Notes. Doctors' Notes and their popular a cappella renditions of pop and rock songs, movie soundtracks and classics also performed. The group of Medical Center students perform at many campus events and receive high praise for their monthly shows in the pediatrics unit of The University of Kansas Hospital.


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Walkathon for Stroke Research event to support Walk Across Kansas Friday, April 26
Join with others and see how many miles your team can total from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., April 26, in a fun contest: Walkathon for Stroke Research. Each participant can walk or run the distance they prefer, long or short, and compare it to the challenge facing Dr. Billinger in the Walk Across Kansas: 570 miles, or 25 each day over 23 days.

The entry fee is a $20 suggested donation per person, $15 for teams of 3 or more, $5 for students. may be made via donation here or paid the day of the event. From trail to treadmill, walkers and runners may cover ground anywhere inside or outside. Prizes will be awarded for most mileage each by a man and woman, and the team covering the longest total distance.

Check-in will take place at Kirmayer Recreation Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. Pedometers and instructions for recording distance will be provided. Register with your donation here on our site or at the check-in table Friday.


Golden Synapse Award recipients

Dr. Billinger was recently recognized by the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy for one of her published studies on stroke and cardiovascular health. She and lab team co-authors received the Golden Synapse Award which recognizes the most outstanding article published in the journal during the 2012 calendar year. Read


Sandy Billinger interview on KCTV5

In a March, 2013, KCTV-5 feature, Dr. Billinger discusses her goals for the Walk Across Kansas and explains how it will benefit stroke research. Video


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Dr. Billinger was a special guest on Time Warner's Newsmakers. The community programming segment will run during February on local cable before CNN Headline News. Video


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Dr. Billinger and co-authors from her REACH lab team have been honored with the Golden Synapse Award. Selected by the editors of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, the award recognizes the most outstanding 2012 article published in JNPT.

KU Hospital gets Comprehensive Stroke Certification


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