February 2010

Georgia Tech MSPO program was well represented at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

MSPO director, Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, LPO, FAAOP was panel speaker at the Symposium, “Perspectives on O&P Research: Finding Common Ground”

MSPO research coordinator, Geza Kogler, PhD, CO, LO was a panel speaker on the symposium, “AFOs for Running and High Activity Demands: Designs and Material Options”

MSPO prosthetics coordinator, Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP presented a free paper, “Lab Safety and Environmental Impact” and was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award

Class of 2004 MSPO graduate, Mark Holowka, MSPO, CPO presented in an Instructional Course, “Casting Techniques Used in the Treatment of Infantile Onset Idiopathic Scoliosis”

Class of 2005 MSPO graduate, Andrew Sawers, MSPO, CPO, LPO was a speaker in events:
Special event, “Prosthetic Grand Rounds: Evidence Based Decisions about Lower Limb Prostheses”
Special event, “The Impact of Microprocessor-Controlled Prosthetic Knees on Outcomes Among Individuals with Unilateral Transfemoral or Knee Disarticulation Limb Loss: A Systematic Review
Served as a member of the Clinical Content Planning Committee for the 2010 AAOP National Meeting

Class of 2008 MSPO graduate, Calli Clark, MSPO, CO presented a free paper, “Orthotic Treatment of Pectus Carinatum: Assessing Outcomes with Digital Laser Scanner”

A number of 2nd Year MSPO students presented their Capstone Research as Poster Presentations:

Keven Dunn (Geza Kogler, PhD, CO, advisor), “Plantar Pressure Distribution in the Foot with Various Configurations of Orthotists Elevation of the Metatarsal Heads during Double Limb Stance”

Jennifer Reese (Geza Kogler, PhD, CO, advisor), “The Influence of Metatarsal Lifts on Plantar Foot Pressures during Treadmill Walking”

Molly Hill and Hema Patel (Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP, advisor), “Comparison of Liner Assisted Suspensions in Transtibial Prosthetics: A Pilot Study”

Nikta Pirouz (Lewis Wheaton, PhD, advisor), “Tool Use in Upper Extremity Amputees”

Megan Krause (Young Hui Chang, PhD, advisor), “Kinematic and Kinetic Analysis of Limb Compensation due to Ankle Motion Constraints in Hopping”

Kinsey Herrin (Young Hui Chang, PhD, advisor), “Use of Neuromuscular Redundancy for Locomotor Compensation in Able-Bodied and Transtibial Amputees”

Current 1st and 2nd year MSPO students participated in several events such as the O&P Student Social, Resident Networking Session, Women of O&P Reception and the O&P High School Awareness Program in which students from O&P schools assist local high school students in learning about careers in the O&P profession.

Visiting lecturer, Mark Geil, PhD was a speaker at several events:
Special event, “Knowledge Translation: How to Get Research Results to People who Need to See Them”
Free papers, “The Influence of a Prosthetic Knee on Clearance Adaptations in Young Children with Limb Loss”

Visiting lecturer, Bryan Malas, MHPE, CO was a speaker at several events such as:
Panel speaker at the symposium entitled, “Arthrogryposis: What is the Current Thinking?”
Moderator at the Free Papers in Lower Limb Orthotics
Symposium presenter, “Perspectives in O&P Research: Finding Common Ground”

Visiting lecturer, Paul Prusakowski, CPO, LPO, FAAOP was a moderator for, “Free Papers – General Business”

Visiting lecturer, Gary Bedard, CO, FAAOP was a speaker for the following:
Free paper, “Extending the Performance of a Stance Control Orthosis through the Use of a Pneumatic Swing Phase Booster”
Moderator, “AFOs for Running and High Activity Demands: Designs and Material Options”
Free paper, “Using Forensic Evidence to Improve Outcome Production in Heavy Gauge Vacuum Thermoforming”

Visiting lecturer, John Michael, MEd, CPO, LPO, FISPO, FAAOP was a speaker at several events such as:
The instructional course, “Report on the State of the science Conference on Upper Limb Prosthetics Outcome Measures”
The special event, “Prosthetic Grand Rounds: Evidence Based Decisions about Lower Limb Prostheses”
Awarded the Titus-Ferguson lifetime achievement award

Visiting lecture, David Gerecke, CPO, FAAOP was a speaker at the CAD CAM society on the topic, “Comparison of Scanner Options”

Congratulations to MSPO program faculty and Prosthetics coordinator Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP who has been selected to receive the Outstanding Educator Award for his exemplary efforts to enhance the prosthetics curriculum in the MSPO program at Georgia Tech as well as his significant contributions as chair of the US chapter of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics and his humanitarian work as president of Prosthetic Hope International Inc., and Project Hope Belize. The award will be given at a ceremony at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting in Chicago on February 26.