2008-2009 Updates

August 2009

Lee Childers (MSPO Class of 2007) and current student in the PhD program in Applied Physiology with focus in Prosthetics and Orthotics, co-authored a research article with Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP and Robert Gregor, PhD, entitled, The biomechanics of cycling with a transtibial amputation: Recommendations for prosthetic design and direction for future research. The article appears in the journal, Prosthetics and Orthotics International 2009, volume 33, number 3, pages 256-271.

Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP and Boris Priloutski, PhD were a co-authors on a recent publication in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development entitled: Mathematical modeling and mechanical and histopathological testing of porous prosthetic pylon for direct skeletal attachment. Read the article here. This publication was a result of work they have been doing on direct skeletal attachment of prostheses also known as osseointegration.

Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, FAAOP, Coordinator of Prosthetics in the MSPO program recently wrote of his experiences traveling to Iran as part of international efforts to provide outreach education and clinical services in the middle east. Read more here.

The MSPO Program welcomes the class of 2011. The Orientation Week activities concluded with the annual white coat ceremony in which the faculty and staff as well as the MSPO class of 2010 welcomed the incoming MSPO students. The students received the keynote address by the president of the Georgia Society of Orthotists and Prosthetists, James Young, CP, LP, FAAOP, were welcomed by the director of the MSPO program, Christopher Hovorka and received a welcome address by the chair of the School of Applied Physiology, Richard Nichols. All incoming students recognized and adopted the practitioner’s oath.

July 2009

Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, LPO, FAAOP and Geza Kogler, PhD, CO, LO traveled to South Africa to participate in the 22nd Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics conference in Cape Town, South Africa. Read more here. They also participated in the 9th Biennial Footwear Biomechanics Symposium in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Read more here.

Congratulations to Shane Wurdeman, MSPO, CPO (MSPO 2006) who was accepted into the joint PhD program in Biomechanics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Omaha. He will begin his studies there this fall.

Congratulations to Ronald Roiz (MSPO class of 2007) of his acceptance to the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School. Ron will begin the program this August.

The ground breaking research on the physiology of amputee running conducted by PhD candidate, Mary Beth Brown, Mindy Millard Stafford, PhD and Andy Allison (MSPO 2008) was cited in OandP.com. Read the article here. The full research article appears in the June edition of the Journal of Applied Physiology. Read the article here.

June 2009

Congratulations to Dave Fritz (MSPO 2004) for his successful completion of medical school at the University of South Florida. Dave was selected for the General Surgery Residency Training Program at the University of South Florida College of Medicine and he will begin there later this summer.

Molly Hill (MSPO class of 2010) and her research mentor, Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP were awarded a grant from the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association administered by the Learning and Outcomes/Evidence-Based Practice for their research entitled, “Comparison of Liner Assisted Suspensions in Transtibial Prosthetics: A Pilot Study”.

Kinsey Herrin (MSPO class of 2010) and her research mentors Young Hui Chang, PhD and Geza Kogler, PhD, CO were awarded a grant from the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association administered by the Learning and Outcomes/Evidence-Based Practice for their research entitled, “Functional Outcomes of a Custom Energy Harvesting ‘Bullfrog’ AFO”.

May 2009

MSPO alumni and faculty honored: Rebecca Spragg (MSPO 2008) MSPO, CO and Aaron Smith (MSPO clinical faculty won the New Investigator Research Award for their investigation entitled, “Natural progression of non-synostotic plagiocephaly”. Rebecca and Aaron presented their research at the 2009 Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC) at the May 2009 meeting in Tempe Arizona.

Sixth MSPO Class Graduates! – The MSPO class of 2009 graduated with the award of the Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics degree. There was a student recognition reception hosted by the School of Applied Physiology in the afternoon prior to the Institute’s graduation ceremony. Photos of graduates are available on the Graduates Page.

Mission Trip to Belize – Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP led MSPO students from the class of 2010 ( Keven Dunn, DeLana Finney, and Taavy Miller ) to provide prosthetic and orthotic services at Project Hope Belize, located in Orange Walk Town, Belize.

April 2009

Robert Kistenberg was a co-author on a recent Prosthetic and Orthotic International publication [POI 2009:33;2;117-129] entitled Developing Core Sets for persons following amputation based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health as a way to specify functioning. This article reviews the process by which a core set is being developed for people with amputations so that the process of evaluating and comparing individuals with amputations is consistent globally.

MSPO students in the class of 2009 presented their capstone research as part of the MSPO Research Presentations hosted by the School of Applied Physiology. The students and their research presentation titles are:

Traci Berkman – An Association between Translation and Hand Dominance

Dustin Brooks – A Static Evaluation of Transtibial Prosthesis Suspension

Ru Chen – Calibration of an in-socket Pressure Measurement System using Different Interface Materials

Chris Fink – Center of Pressure Control during Gait Initiation in Transtibial Amputees

Brian Gold – Consistency and Magnitude of Pinch Force in Voluntary Opening Body Powered Terminal Devices Elizabeth

Ashley Heard – Design and Fabrication of a Prosthesis to Test Osseointegration in a Feline Transtibial Model

Denise Larkins – Comparison of Body Composition Measurements in Amputees vs. Non-Amputees

Stephanie LeGare – Clinical Reliability of a Device for Measuring Forces and Moments in Amputee Gait

Kali Marquardt – The Effects of Sub-sensory Noise on Balance Control in Transtibial Amputees

Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP was featured in the April edition of the O&P Edge regarding the article, “Working in O&P: Protecting Yourself from Environmental Hazards”
Read the article here

Andrew Allsion (MSPO 2007) who worked with Mindy Millard Stafford, PhD (director of the exercise physiology lab) and Mary Beth Brown (4th year PhD candidate in Applied Physiology) recently had their research published in the April edition of Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise.  The article is entitled, Running Specific Prostheses Permit Energy Cost Similar to Nonamputees.

March 2009

Robert S. Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP in his role as Chair of the US National Member Society for the International Society of Prosthetics & Orthotics attended an international conference on Prosthetic & Orthotic Rehabilitation in the Dominican Republic. The third Reaching Beyond Our Borders conference was jointly hosted by US-ISPO and the newly created Dominican Republic National Member Society for ISPO.

Robert Kistenberg also participated in the 16th International Committee Meeting for International Society of Prosthetics & Orthotics hosted this year in Bangkok, Thailand. This meeting which occurs every 18 months consists of the leaders of all the National Member Societies of ISPO.

Prosthetics & Orthotics at Georgia Tech – has been proposed as the preliminary new name of two programs: MSPO program and PhD program in Applied Physiology and focus in prosthetics and orthotics.

P&O at Georgia Tech hosted two events during the week of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists annual meeting in Atlanta. The first event, was a symposium (Linking Science and Clinical Practice) and the other, was a Reception for Alumni and Friends of P&O at Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech was well represented at the national meeting where:

Geza Kogler, PhD, CO, LO hosted the Symposium, Linking Science and Clinical Practice in P&O. Keynote speakers were Richard Nichols, PhD (chair of the School of Applied Physiology), Young Hui Chang, PhD (director of Neuromechanics Lab), Mary Beth Brown, MS, PT, ATC (4th year PhD student in Applied Physiology) and Lee Childers, MSPO (2nd year PhD student in Applied Physiology)

*Beth Brown and Andy Allison, MSPO (class of 2007) presented Physiological Responses of Amputees During Treadmill Exercise in Running-Specific Prostheses Compared to Traditional Prostheses and to Matched Non-Amputee Runners

*Lee Childers, MSPO (class of 2007) presented Pedaling Asymmetry in Cyclists with Uni-lateral Transtibial Amputations and the Effect of Prosthetic Foot Stiffness as well as Clinical Guidelines for Adapting the Bicycle to Recreational Cyclists with Transtibial Amputations

*Congratulations to:
Beth Brown and Andy Allison’s paper as well as Lee Childers’s paper were each selected for the top prizes as best papers in the Thranhardt lectures at the AAOP National Meeting

John Michael, MEd, CPO, LPO, FISPO, FAAOP (adjunct faculty) lead the Grand Rounds discussion on case studies in O&P

Karl Barner, CPO, LPO (clinical faculty) presented Management of Bilateral Complex Clubfeet – A Clinical/Parental Perspective

Kevin Carroll, MPH, CP, LP (clinical faculty) presented Understanding the Different Amputation Procedures for the Transtibial Amputee

Mark Geil, PhD (visiting faculty) co-presented Landing Patterns in Children with Unilateral Lower Extremity Amputation as well as The Effect of Posterior Backpack Loads on Static Balance and Postural Sway in Children with Unilateral Lower Extremity Amputation

DeAnna Clough, MSPO, CO (class of 2006) presented The Biomechanical Effects of Heel Heights on a Unilateral Transtibial Amputation

Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP presented A Model Program to Coordinate Prosthetic & Orthotic Outreach (P.O.C.C.) Activities and The Capacity of the Prosthetic Profession to Provide Lower Extremity Prosthetic Limbs within the State of Georgia

Sean Zellar, MSPO (class of 2007) presented A Model for Applying Evidence Based Practice (EBP) to Orthotics and Prosthetics

Kristin Carnahan, MSPO (class of 2008) presented Kinematic Effects of Sloped Surfaces on Shank Angle for Persons with Drop Foot

Leigh Pipkin, MSPO, CO (class of 2007) formulated the Women in O&P forum

Aaron Smith, CO (clinical faculty) presented Patient Assessment, Fitting Techniques and Troubleshooting for Cranial Remolding Orthoses

Colleen Coulter O’Berry, MS, PT, PCS (clinical faculty) presented Bilateral Knee Flexion Indicates Symmetry During Use of Articulating Prosthetic Knees in Crawling Children

Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, LPO, FAAOP, Geza Kogler, PhD, CO, LO and Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP were participants in formulating the national master’s curriculum of all O&P schools in the U.S.

The entire 2nd year MSPO class (class of 2009) each displayed poster presentations of their research investigations.

February 2009

Congratulations to current MSPO students, Ashley Heard (class of 2009) and Kinsey Herrin (class of 2010) who each were selected as this year’s Craig and Joy Guidry Lentzsch Scholarship recipients. The award provides $1000 to one member of each class year. Students were selected based upon current accomplishments as well as career goals and aspirations in the profession of Orthotics and Prosthetics.

Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, LPO, FAAOP was featured in the February 2009 issue of The O&P Edge Magazine for an article entitled, “Tomorrow’s O&P: A Survival Guide, Part 2: The Economics of Outcomes (read the article here)

January 2009

The Georgia Tech MSPO program hosted the 6th Annual Residency Workshop. The workshop is designed to assist 2nd year students in interviewing skills and networking opportunities for residency placements. Robin Seabrook, executive director of NCOPE was the keynote speaker and a number of residency site representatives from across the nation interviewed students.

Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, LPO, FAAOP was featured in the January 2009 issue of The O&P Edge Magazine for an article entitled, “Tomorrow’s O&P: A Survival Guide, Part 1: Trends to Track (read the article here).

Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP traveled to Iran to provide specialized prosthetic care services for a group of persons with upper limb amputation. The trip was an opportunity for Robert to deliver two i-LIMB Hands (www.touchbionics.com) to individuals who had lost their hands as a result of the Iran-Iraq War.

December 2008

MSPO travels again to Belize. Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP and a group of MSPO students traveled to Belize during the winter break in order to provide prosthetic services to persons in need at the clinic, Project Hope Belize located in Orange Walk Town.

Several faculty in the School of Applied Physiology were quoted in the December 2008 issue of the O&P Edge Magazine. The article, entitled, “O&P Education Reaching Master’s Level and Beyond MSPO” included citations from emeritus faculty Robert Gregor, PhD, adjunct faculty John Michael, MEd, CPO, FAAOP, FISPO and MSPO program director Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, LPO, FAAOP. Read the article here.

November 2008

Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP presented an informational talk to the BBUGS: BioEngineering & BioSciences Unified Graduate Students on November 11th. The talk was titled: State of the Science of External Limb Prosthetics.

October 2008

Leigh Pipkin (class of 2007) recently published the work of her capstone research that she conducted while a student in the MSPO program. The investigation was conducted in conjunction with Dr. Stephen Sprigle, PhD, PT who serves as faculty in the School of Applied Physiology. The article, entitled, “Effect of model design, cushion construction, and interface pressure mats on interface pressure and immersion” is published in the November 2008 issue of the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. Read the article here.

DeAnna Clough (class of 2006) recently announced that she will be joining the staff of both Gainesville Prosthetics and oandp.com in November 2008. An article reflecting DeAnna’s new positions appeared in the O&P Business News in the November 1, 2008 issue.

Faculty member, Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP was quoted in the October 15, 2008 Edition of the O&P Business News. In the article, entitled, “Limb Banks: Spreading Hope”, Kistenberg commented on his role in formulating efforts to provide prostheses and orthoses to persons in developing nations.

September 2008

Richard Welling, MSPO, CO, LO (Class of 2005) and Karl Barner, CPO, LPO from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta published an article in Advance for Directors in Rehabilitation entitled, “Breaking through barriers – Sports prostheses open new doors for people with amputation”. The article was published in September 2008 edition, (volume 17, number. 9).

Faculty member Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP presented a free paper entitled, “Clinical Outcomes of a New Prosthetic Hand” at the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association National Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP was featured in the September 15 issue of the O&P Business News for his work with MedShare International in creating a prosthetic and orthotic component clearinghouse for use in developing nation orthotic and prosthetic care.

The Georgia Tech Master of Science in Prosthetics & Orthotics (MSPO) Program has been awarded a $600,000 research grant by the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) and sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The grant is entitled, “Medical Image Generated Dynamic Prosthetic Sockets”. Principal investigator for the grant, faculty member Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP, will head the collaborative effort which includes the Georgia Tech School of Applied Physiology (Young Hui Chang, PhD), the School of Aerospace Engineering (Erian Armanios, PhD & Samer Tawfik, PhD), the Georgia Tech Research Institute (Shayne Kondor) and the Emory University Department of Radiology (Michael Terk, MD). The two-year project will determine the feasibility of creating dynamic prosthetic limb sockets utilizing magnetic resonance imaging data, computer aided design software, finite element analysis and instrumented gait analysis.

A similar announcement also appeared in the September 2008 edition of the O&P Edge.

Ron Roiz (MSPO class of 2007) reflects on his experiences as a resident of orthotics at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in the September issue of the O&P Edge. Read the article here.