Kwadwo Appiah-Kubi, an assistant professor of physical therapy in Clarkson’s Lewis School of Health Sciences, recently gave a virtual presentation in his home country of Ghana. The Ghana Physiotherapy Association (GPA) organizes monthly scientific seminars to promote excellence in research and clinical care among physical therapists in Ghana. Presenters are given the opportunity to share their main research interests, educate the Physical Therapists on how they can translate some of the feasible findings of the research into clinical practice, and encourage evidence-based practices.
Appiah-Kubi’s presentation was on the Influence of Sensory Reweighting on the Human Postural System. “This is basically about clinicians considering simple but effective clinical outcome measures that would tease apart the multisensory systems during postural assessments. By doing so, clinicians are able to target the impaired system (whether somatosensory, visual or vestibular) which is mainly causing the postural dysfunction in order to provide appropriate treatment,” Appiah-Kubi said.
Appiah-Kubi has been an assistant professor and researcher in the physical therapy department at Clarkson since 2020. He received his Ph.D. in neuromotor science from Temple University, his master of science degree in neuromusculoskeletal physical therapy from Cardiff University and his bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from University of Ghana. His research interests are in the effects of concurrent vestibular activation and postural training on sensory reweighting of postural control processing in individuals with vestibular-related disorders, and in the validation of a virtual reality-based device for vestibular-postural rehabilitation.
He has co-published in Gait & Posture, Disability and Rehabilitation, CommonHealth Journal, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior and International Journal of Sports Medicine, among many other publications and presentations. He is a reviewer for Brain Sciences, Scientific Reports Journal, PLOS One, Journal of Physiological Anthropology and a former secretary of Ghana Journal of Physiotherapy.