August 2011

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 Dr. Colleen Coulter-O’Berry PT, DPT, PhD, PCS, Team Leader Limb Deficiency Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and an introduction to the Georgia Society of Prosthetists and Orthotists (GSOP) from GSOP president, Matthew Nelson, CPO, LPO. Students received a welcome address by the co-director of the MSPO program, Christopher Hovorka and by the chair of the School of Applied Physiology, Dr. Richard Nichols, PhD. All incoming students recognized and adopted the practitioner’s oath. See pictures here.

Congratulations to Dr. Lee Childers (MSPO 2007) for completion of his PhD in Applied Physiology with focus in Prosthetics and Orthotics at Georgia Tech. Lee is the first graduate of the nation’s first pre-doctoral training program funded by the National Institute of Health.

Christopher Hovorka (MSPO Co-Director), Dr. Geza Kogler and Dr. Young-Hui Chang, were awarded a grant from the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association’s Center for Learning/Evidence-Based Outcomes (AOPA-COPL) for their research entitled, “Influence of the rocker profile in an orthosis-footwear combination to modulate neuromuscular behavior”.

Jessica Smith-Armstrong (MSPO 2012) was awarded the International African American Prosthetic & Orthotic Coalition’s Sam D. Benson Scholarship.

Results from studies funded by AOPA COPL and conducted by MSPO alumni and faculty were recently released:

Andrew Sawers (MSPO 2005), “Center of rotation position in non-articulated prosthetic feet: implications for prosthetic foot kinetics”

Dr. Geza Kogler, Kinsey Herrin (MSPO 2010), Dr. Young-Hui Chang, “Functional outcomes of a custom energy harvesting “bullfrog” AFO”

Robert Kistenberg (MSPO Co-Director), “Comparison of liner assisted suspension in transtibial prostheses”