Prosthetics and Orthotics at Georgia Tech was recently the focus of the humanitarian outreach efforts being performed by Georgia Tech. Click here to see the video highlights that chronicle how prosthetic care is provided in Belize for persons with limb loss by members of the Prosthetics and Orthotics program collaborating with Project Hope Belize/Prosthetics Hope International.
- Congratulations to Ian McIntire (MSPO class of 2015), selected as a recipient of the 2014 Dan McKeever Scholarship. The scholarship provides a $1,000 grant to help offset costs to pursue graduate education in Prosthetics and Orthotics.
- Congratulations to Lauren Levey and Steven Siebert (members of the MSPO class of 2014) for recognition of excellence in each of their MSPO Capstone Research investigations. Lauren was awarded the Arbogast Prize for the best scientific poster for a Student/Resident in the discipline of Prosthetics. Her research advisors were Drs. Lena Ting (PhD) and Andrew Sawers (PhD, CPO). Steven was awarded the Lucille Becker Prize for the best scientific poster for a Student/Resident in the discipline of Orthotics. His research advisor was Dr. Geza Kogler, PhD, CO.
- Congratulations to the MSPO Class of 2014! A recognition reception was held on May 1 in the Clary Theater prior to the all Institute graduate student Commencement held in the McCamish Pavillion on May 3. Best wishes to our MSPO program graduates as they prepare to enter clinical residency programs throughout the United States.
- The Georgia Tech MSPO program, students and curriculum was featured in the May 2014 issue of the O&P Edge. Click here to read more, then go to page 66.
- Congratulations to Allison Gainer (MSPO class of 2016; in front row far left end) and her team of undergraduate Biomedical Engineering students. Their innovation to improve intramedullary nails to hold a fractured femur together won the top prize at the Georgia Tech Capstone Design Expo. To read more, click here.
- A article on the impact of new practitioners with entry-level master’s degrees in Prosthetics and Orthotics (P&O) that are entering the P&O profession describes a changing landscape and positive future. The article appears in the April 2014 issue of the O&P Edge Magazine. To read more click here.
- The Georgia Tech MSPO Program, along with Ossur, will host the 2014 FLEX-RUN running clinic on Saturday, April 26th. Attendees of this event will learn how to dynamically align a sports prosthesis and how to analyze running technique. Click on the flyer above for more details.
- Darren Bolger (MSPO 2013) was recently featured in the March/April edition of In Motion Magazine highlighting his experiences as a resident orthotist. Read more by clicking here.
Faculty and students of Georgia Tech’s MSPO program hosted a booth at the inaugural Atlanta Science Festival on March 29th in the Georgia World Congress Center. The interactive display attracted the interest of many adults and children who queued up to experience wearing upper limb prostheses and orthoses as well as prosthetic feet. The Science Festival was a free community event to engage the public in learning about the science of a variety of topics – including Prosthetics and Orthotics!
Georgia Tech and the MSPO program were well represented at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, February 20-23: All members of the current 1st and 2nd year classes attended the meeting.
In addition, alumni and faculty of the program gave the following presentations:
Shane Wurdeman (MSPO 2006)
- Stride-to-Stride Fluctuations Are Related Before and After Adaptation for an Appropriate Prosthesis
- Changes in Gait Using the Rush Foot: A Preliminary Study
- Activity Measures Fail to Discriminate K-2/K-3 Feet
Lee Childers(MSPO 2007, PhD 2011)
- Validity and Accuracy of the Dartfish Express iPad Application for Gait Analysis
- Marker Based Method to Measure Movement between Residual Limb and a Transtibial Prosthetic Socket
- Optimal Placement and Angulation of the Dorsal Foot Control Strap for Lower Limb Orthoses
Kinsey Herrin (MSPO 2010)
- Temporal-Spatial Parameters, Energy Expenditure, and Perceived Comfort of Transfemoral Amputees: Ischial Containment vs. Atmospheric Pressure Stabilization Sockets
Congratulations to Marina Musicus (MSPO 2013) on her contributions to and publication of the textbook, Prosthetic Restoration and Rehabilitation of the Upper and Lower Extremity. Marina co-authored three chapters:
Chapter 5: Lower Extremity Prosthetic Design and Function
Chapter 15: Upper Extremity Prosthetic Design and Function
Chapter 17: Upper Extremity Prosthetic Components
Congratulations to Robert Kistenberg (MSPO faculty) for his recent publication in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America that will be released to the public this upcoming winter. Rob published a chapter in a Special Issue on Amputee Rehabilitation. More details of the citation: Chapter 13: Prosthetic Choices for People with Leg and Arm Amputations Volume 25, Issue 1, Pages 1-28, February 2014
Congratulations to Darren Bolger (MSPO class of 2013) and Kier Book (MSPO class of 2013) for their winning research posters at the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association World Congress in Orlando, Florida, September 18-21. Darren received the Edwin and Kathryn Arborgast award for best research poster in the discipline of Prosthetics. Kier received the Otto and Lucille Becker award for best research poster in the discipline of Orthotics. In addition, Georgia Tech was honored with the Excellence in Education Award as the school representing both award winners.
Darren Bolger (left) and Kier Book (right) stand with Tom Kirk, president of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association to receive their awards.
MSPO faculty, Dr. Geza Kogler was cited in an article in which he discussed his research that combines imaging and pressure measurement tools to produce unique data on tissue behavior and stiffness characteristics of the foot. Click here to read the article.
MSPO co-director Christopher Hovorka presented the findings of two studies from his ongoing dissertation research at the American Society of Biomechanics annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska. His presentations were:
Hovorka C, Sung J, Eckert K, Gregor R, Chang Y-H. Muscle activation changes in response to orthotic ankle constraint during walking
Oludare S, Hovorka C, Yan T, Kogler G, Chang Y-H. Biomimetic rocker profile restores lower limb progression during walking with orthotic ankle constraint
The MSPO Program welcomes the class of 2015. The Orientation Week activities concluded with the annual white coat ceremony in which incoming MSPO students receive their clinician’s white coat. The keynote address was given by Dr. Andrew Sawers, PhD, MSPO, CPO, post-doctoral fellow in the joint Biomedical Engineering program at Emory University and Georgia Tech. All incoming students recognized and adopted the practitioner’s oath. See pictures here.