June 2008

An article regarding the new NIH T-32 Pre-Doctoral Training Grant to fund the School of Applied Physiology’s first PhD program in Applied Physiology focus on Prosthetics and Orthotics appeared in the June 2008 edition of the O&P Edge. This program will collaborate with the MSPO program in which entry level
master’s students will work with PhD students in addressing a variety of research questions.

Students in the MSPO program will soon collaborate with students in a new PhD program in Applied Physiology with emphasis in prosthetics and orthotics in the fall semester. Like the MSPO program, the new PhD program in Applied Physiology with emphasis in prosthetics and orthotics will be the first of its kind. This program will fund students via a T-32 Training Grant from the National Institute of Health. The focus on the PhD program is to train scientists in learning more about the user’s “learning strategies” of an orthosis and/or prosthesis and not simply the engineering of the device. More information will soon be forthcoming on the School of Applied Physiology web site.

Congratulations to Ron Roiz (MSPO class of 2007) as the research he conducted as an MSPO student and under the direction of faculty, Dr. Young-Hui Chang and PhD student Arick Auyang is soon to be published in the Journal of Biomechanics. The title of the paper is, “Intralimb compensation strategy depends on the nature of joint perturbation in human hopping”.

Leigh Pipkin, MSPO, CO (class of 2007) will be presenting her resident research at the Michigan Orthotics and Prosthetics Association Annual Meeting on June 5 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her presentation is entitled “Accuracy & Reliability of the Tracer Omega Non-Contact Scanner for Digital Capture of Cranial & Transtibial Shapes”.

It is with sorrow to report the passing of Scott Silver, MSEd, CO, LO who served as a guest lecturer for the biannual Communications Seminar hosted at Georgia Tech. Read the tribute article in the June edition of the O&P Business News, entitled, “One Man’s Legacy.”