Xavier Biology Major Part of Study Presented at American Academy of Pediatrics Conference

October 6, 2010

Trisha Reddy, a first-year biology major at Xavier University and a violinist, told her father about a technique she knew of which is used to improve posture in actors and musicians. That discussion led her to work with her father and two others on a study at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center which was presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics in San Francisco on October 2. A Cincinnati native (45242), Reddy is a graduate of Ursuline Academy.

Shakespearean actor F.M. Alexander developed a posture improvement technique in the late 1800s to correct his persistent laryngitis. The study found it also appears to improve the posture and efficiency of surgeons performing minimally-invasive procedures.

"The goal of our research is to prove beyond doubt that this technique works to improve surgical ergonomics and proficiency so that it can be incorporated as part of graduate surgical training," said Pramod Reddy, MD, lead investigator and director of Pediatric Urology at Cincinnati Children's. "Minimally invasive procedures require surgeons and assistants to maintain awkward, non-neutral and static postures of the trunk and extremities. This limits the natural shifting of their posture and can lead to discomfort, fatigue and even injury."

Xavier’s average acceptance rate to medical schools over the past five years is about 80%, as compared with the national average of approximately 45%. To learn more about the biology major at Xavier University, please visit: http://www.xavier.edu/biology/