March 2009

Robert S. Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP in his role as Chair of the US National Member Society for the International Society of Prosthetics & Orthotics attended an international conference on Prosthetic & Orthotic Rehabilitation in the Dominican Republic. The third Reaching Beyond Our Borders conference was jointly hosted by US-ISPO and the newly created Dominican Republic National Member Society for ISPO.

Robert Kistenberg also participated in the 16th International Committee Meeting for International Society of Prosthetics & Orthotics hosted this year in Bangkok, Thailand. This meeting which occurs every 18 months consists of the leaders of all the National Member Societies of ISPO.

Prosthetics & Orthotics at Georgia Tech – has been proposed as the preliminary new name of two programs: MSPO program and PhD program in Applied Physiology and focus in prosthetics and orthotics.

P&O at Georgia Tech hosted two events during the week of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists annual meeting in Atlanta. The first event, was a symposium (Linking Science and Clinical Practice) and the other, was a Reception for Alumni and Friends of P&O at Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech was well represented at the national meeting where:

Geza Kogler, PhD, CO, LO hosted the Symposium, Linking Science and Clinical Practice in P&O. Keynote speakers were Richard Nichols, PhD (chair of the School of Applied Physiology), Young Hui Chang, PhD (director of Neuromechanics Lab), Mary Beth Brown, MS, PT, ATC (4th year PhD student in Applied Physiology) and Lee Childers, MSPO (2nd year PhD student in Applied Physiology)

*Beth Brown and Andy Allison, MSPO (class of 2007) presented Physiological Responses of Amputees During Treadmill Exercise in Running-Specific Prostheses Compared to Traditional Prostheses and to Matched Non-Amputee Runners

*Lee Childers, MSPO (class of 2007) presented Pedaling Asymmetry in Cyclists with Uni-lateral Transtibial Amputations and the Effect of Prosthetic Foot Stiffness as well as Clinical Guidelines for Adapting the Bicycle to Recreational Cyclists with Transtibial Amputations

*Congratulations to:
Beth Brown and Andy Allison’s paper as well as Lee Childers’s paper were each selected for the top prizes as best papers in the Thranhardt lectures at the AAOP National Meeting

John Michael, MEd, CPO, LPO, FISPO, FAAOP (adjunct faculty) lead the Grand Rounds discussion on case studies in O&P

Karl Barner, CPO, LPO (clinical faculty) presented Management of Bilateral Complex Clubfeet – A Clinical/Parental Perspective

Kevin Carroll, MPH, CP, LP (clinical faculty) presented Understanding the Different Amputation Procedures for the Transtibial Amputee

Mark Geil, PhD (visiting faculty) co-presented Landing Patterns in Children with Unilateral Lower Extremity Amputation as well as The Effect of Posterior Backpack Loads on Static Balance and Postural Sway in Children with Unilateral Lower Extremity Amputation

DeAnna Clough, MSPO, CO (class of 2006) presented The Biomechanical Effects of Heel Heights on a Unilateral Transtibial Amputation

Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP presented A Model Program to Coordinate Prosthetic & Orthotic Outreach (P.O.C.C.) Activities and The Capacity of the Prosthetic Profession to Provide Lower Extremity Prosthetic Limbs within the State of Georgia

Sean Zellar, MSPO (class of 2007) presented A Model for Applying Evidence Based Practice (EBP) to Orthotics and Prosthetics

Kristin Carnahan, MSPO (class of 2008) presented Kinematic Effects of Sloped Surfaces on Shank Angle for Persons with Drop Foot

Leigh Pipkin, MSPO, CO (class of 2007) formulated the Women in O&P forum

Aaron Smith, CO (clinical faculty) presented Patient Assessment, Fitting Techniques and Troubleshooting for Cranial Remolding Orthoses

Colleen Coulter O’Berry, MS, PT, PCS (clinical faculty) presented Bilateral Knee Flexion Indicates Symmetry During Use of Articulating Prosthetic Knees in Crawling Children

Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, LPO, FAAOP, Geza Kogler, PhD, CO, LO and Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP were participants in formulating the national master’s curriculum of all O&P schools in the U.S.

The entire 2nd year MSPO class (class of 2009) each displayed poster presentations of their research investigations.