2010-2011 Updates

July 2011

Kinsey Herrin (MSPO 2010) and her collaborator, Dr. Mark Geil were awarded a grant from the Orthotic and Prosthetic Research and Education Foundation (OPERF) for their research entitled, “Minimizing bracing in the treatment of idiopathic toe walking: a randomized controlled trial to compare functional outcomes after treatment with an articulated ankle foot orthosis and a rigid carbon fiber footplate”.

April 2011

On April 2 the first annual Prosthetics and Orthotics Wearable Technology Award was presented at the 63rd Georgia Science and Engineering Fair held in Athens, Georgia. The award was presented to Anand Srinivasan, a freshman student from Roswell High School for his research entitled, “Doc Ock- Applications of EEG Technology toward Prosthetics”. Anand’s research was selected as the best project in the senior division that enhances the capabilities of persons with physical challenge caused by trauma, disease, or congenital disorder.

The award consists of a plaque, a check in the amount of $250.00, and an invitation to visit the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Applied Physiology. Click here to see picture of Anand receiving the award from Christopher Hovorka, Co-Director of the MSPO Program.

March 2011

Christopher Hovorka was cited in an article on how the O&P profession can work to bridge the gap in translational research. The article appeared in the March edition of the O&P Edge. Read the article here.

February 2011

Faculty – Robert Kistenberg and Geza Kogler as well as MSPO students Sheryl Nathanson and Michael Cope in addition to a host of others traveled to Belize to provide clinical O&P services in Belize. An article in the February edition of the O&P Edge highlights the team’s experiences. Read the article here.

January 2011

Students Receive Award- Two MSPO students in the class of 2011 (Tyler Dunham and Chrysta Irolla) were each awarded $200 from the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation. Selection of the Student award recipients was based upon the merit of the student’s submission of an application.

Robert Kistenberg presented at the POINT Premier Conference in Tucson, Arizona  http://www.pointhca.com/pointpremier/ as an invited speaker. He presented two lectures. The first was entitled “The State of O&P Education” and the second was “Prosthetics in Developing Nations”.

MSPO faculty and students travel to Belize- MSPO faculty Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP and Geza Kogler, PhD, CO, LO together with MSPO Class of 2011 students Mike Cope and Sheryl Nathanson (along with additional clinicians and technicians from around the U.S.) traveled to Orange Walk Town, Belize to provide Orthotic and Prosthetic clinical and technical services at the Project Hope Belize Clinic. Thirty three patients were treated or evaluated in the 5 day mission including children and adults.

December 2010

P&O at Georgia Tech Faculty Helps Direct College/University Sustainability Workshop: Geza Kogler, Research Scientist and faculty in P&O at Georgia Tech co-coordinated the Orthotic and Prosthetic Educator Summit entitled, “Building Sustainable Education Programs”. The summit was conducted in St. Petersburg, Florida and was attended by representatives of all clinician and technician O&P education programs in the United States. Details of the summit initiatives and outcomes were published in the December 2010 issue of the O&P Edge magazine.

School of Applied Physiology on the Move: The School of Applied Physiology will begin preparing to move from its current locations at Weber/Space Science Technology and Centennial Research Building. All programs (except Prosthetics and Orthotics) will move to the new building on 14th Street in December, 2010. P&O will move all of its facilities from Weber/Space Science Technology to the the new 14th Street building in March 2011.

October 2010

Faculty and students treat patients in Belize – Robert Kistenberg, MSPO class of 2011 students Christopher Dunning and Tyler Dunham as well as practitioners form Orthotics Solutions in Fairfax, VA and Frederick MD all participated as part of a Prosthetics & Orthotics Mission trip to Belize, Central America.  Over the 5 working days they designed and fit pediatric patients with 15 sets of lower limb orthoses as well as evaluating patients for an upcoming mission trip in January 2011. Two patients (one person with bilateral transtibial limb loss and one patient with unilateral transfemoral limb loss) were fit with new lower limb prostheses. The mission trip was part of the Project Hope Belize clinic in Orange Walk Town Belize, co-sponsored by Prosthetic Hope International.

MSPO faculty awarded grant- Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, LPO, FAAOP was awarded a grant from the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF), Chris will utilize the funds to support his research involving Lower Limb Orthotic Constraint of Movement as a Strategy for Neuromuscular Learning.

September 2010

MSPO alumni Stephanie LeGare (class of 2008) shares her experiences as she nears the conclusion of her residency in orthotics at National Orthotics and Prosthetics Company in Boston, MA. Read more here

August 2010

Prosthetics and Orthotics at Georgia Tech faculty Geza Kogler participated as co-organizer for the Prosthetic & Orthotic Educators Symposium held at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, FL. The symposium focused on coordinating initiatives to enhance education program collaborations and sustainability.

The MSPO Program welcomes the class of 2012. The Orientation Week activities concluded with the annual white coat ceremony in which the faculty and staff as well as the MSPO class of 2011 welcomed the incoming MSPO students. The students received the keynote address by the president of the Georgia Society of Orthotists and Prosthetists, Matthew Nelson, CPO, LPO, 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. See pictures here.