Congratullations to Sudeshna Chatterjee, Rehabilitation Sciences graduate student and Leighton Cluff awardee for her outstanding research paper on the topic of “Mobility function and recovery after stroke: insights from sympathetic nervous system activity”. Congratulations are in order for Dr. David Clark, her primary mentor, as well as co-mentors Dr. Rose and Dr. Fox. This awards program is supported by the Leighton E. Cluff Endowment, and the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Oak Hammock. Dr. Cluff was an early and influential leader at the UF Health Science Center, and a crucial contributor to establishing the close relationship between UF and the VA Medical Center.
Additionally, Sudeshna received and the first-place Robert A. Levitt award under the mentorship of Dr. David Clark, as part of the 7th annual Institute for Learning in Retirement/University of Florida Aging Research Exposition. The exposition had 34 entrants and a multi-stage competition of abstract submission (16 abstracts advanced), then poster presentations (five posters advanced), then oral presentations. Sudeshna gave a very engaging oral presentation of her work on “Quantifying the challenge of walking after stroke: insights from sympathetic nervous system activity during complex walking tasks”. The judges commented that the entire lineup of presentations was one of the strongest they had seen.