The following is an excerpt from a story about human-subject research that appeared in the July 22 issue of The Wichita Eagle.
Research relies on people of all types
Blake Unrein probably doesn’t realize that how he responded to catching a ball or walking a line might help other kids in the future.
“He just loved every minute of it,” said his mom, Janel Unrein.
Thirteen-year-old Blake has Down syndrome and has been part of physical therapy professor Ken Pitetti’s research into developing a manual for testing the balance and coordination of children with intellectual challenges.
Pitetti is one of several researchers from Wichita State University and the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita who rely on human subjects for their studies.