March 2012

The Prosthetics and Orthotics programs (MSPO and PhD) in the School of Applied Physiology at Georgia Tech were well represented at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA:

MSPO program faculty (Christopher Hovorka, Robert Kistenberg, Geza Kogler, Young-Hui Chang, Ben Lucas, Scott French) and students (MSPO classes of 2012 and 2013, PhD with focus in P&O student Brian Selgrade, incoming MSPO student (Megan Crawford) conducted the symposium entitled, “Seminar on applied clinically relevant measures for prosthetists and orthotists”.

Congratulations to Kinsey Herrin (MSPO 2010) and Mark Geil (MSPO guest instructor) for winning the Thranhardt Lecture Award for the research presentation entitled, “Is a rigid footplate as effective as an articulated AFO in controlling idiopathic toe walking?”

Mark Geil (MSPO guest instructor) presented “Summary findings of the academy sponsored systematic literature review”

Kinsey Herrin (MSPO 2010) presented a free paper entitled, “Clinical outcomes after orthotic treatment of idiopathic toe walking: AFO versus FO”

Christopher Hovorka (MSPO faculty), presented a free paper presentation entitled, “Constraining lower limb movement for motor learning”

Taavy Miller (MSPO 2010) presented a free paper entitled, “The impact of a sling on stability and gait efficiency in patients with a flaccid upper limb”

Mark Holowka (MSPO 2004) presented the following:

  • Moderated the free paper session entitled, “Free papers – lower limb orthotics”
  • A free paper entitled, “Spinal balance: orthotic management of a patient with pectus carinatum and hyperkyphosis: a case study”

Geza Kogler (MSPO faculty) presented the following:

  • A free paper presentation entitled, “Effect of dorsiflexion resistance on ankle and knee joint kinematics quantified with an instrumented ankle foot orthosis during treadmill walking”.
  • A session in the Pedorthic Program entitled, “Pressure measurement and met pad placement”

Andrew Sawers (MSPO 2005) moderated the free paper session entitled, “Free papers – lower limb prosthetics”

Brian Giavedoni (MSPO guest faculty) moderated the free paper session entitled, “Free papers – upper limb prosthetics”

Janet Lombardo (MSPO guest faculty) moderated the free paper session entitled, “Free papers – general”

William Cusack (PhD student in Applied Physiology with focus in P&O) presented a free paper entitled, “neurobehavioral differences in amputees during imitation of intact versus amputee movements”

The following students presented Poster Presentations:

  • William Cusack (PhD student in Applied Physiology with focus in P&O), presented “Cortical activation on “fictive” amputees performing complex arm movements
  • Tracy Norman (PhD student in Applied Physiology with focus in P&O), presented “The gait deviation index for analysis of amputee walking at different speeds”
  • Elizabeth Selgrade and Jessica Smith-Armstrong (MSPO 2012) presented, “Effect of rigid knee orthosis wear on lower limb kinematics and muscle activity during two-legged hopping”
  • DeLana Finney (MSPO 2010) presented, “Effectiveness of hinged crank arms in cycling concerning knee flexion limitations”

Colleen Coulter-O’Berry (MSPO guest faculty), Leigh Davis (MSPO 2007) presented, “Learn practical outcome measurements for your post-CVA patient”

Shane Wurdeman (MSPO 2005) presented the following:

  • A free paper entitled, “The Lyapunov exponent is strongly related to amputee preference”
  • An organized session presentation entitled, “Shaping the future of our profession: today’s clinician-researchers”

Robert Kistenberg (MSPO faculty) presented the organized session entitled, “Do you speak my language? Use of the international classification of functioning, disability, and health (ICF) in orthotics and prosthetics”

Paul Prusakowski (MSPO guest faculty) moderated the session entitled, “Free papers – lower limb prosthetics”

Lee Childers (PhD 2011, MSPO 2007) presented three free papers entitled:

  • “Force effectiveness of individuals with amputation indicate similar global strategies as intact individuals””
  • “The relationship between symmetry in joint kinematics and asymmetry in joint kinetics”
  • “Control of the residuum in the prosthesis explains locomotor differences between individuals with and without amputation”

Samer Tawfik (MSPO guest faculty) presented a free paper entitled, “Detailed finite element modeling of transtibial residual limb socket interaction”

Chrysta Irolla (MSPO 2011) presented a free paper entitled, “Unilateral transtibial amputee dynamic stability margin during treadmill walking”

Chrysta Irolla (MSPO 2011) and Kevin Carroll (MSPO guest faculty) presented a certificate program entitled, “Management of the bilateral transfemoral patient”

Colleen Coulter-O’Berry (MSPO guest faculty) and Mark Geil (MSPO guest faculty) presented a gait society presentation entitled, “Development of upright postures and movement in children”

Congratulations to Bryan Malas (MSPO guest faculty) who was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award

Mr. Malas also presented the following:

  • Organized session, “AFOs: current use and thinking”
  • Certificate program, “The effect of AFOs on balance – Clinical considerations”

On March 31, the 2nd annual Prosthetics and Orthotics Wearable Technology Award was presented at the 64th Georgia Science and Engineering Fair held in Athens, Georgia. The award was presented to Anand Srinivasan, a sophomore student from Roswell High School for his research entitled, “ILEGS: A Semi-Autonomous Robotic Locomotion Assistant”. Anand’s research was selected as the best project in the senior division that enhances the capabilities of persons with physical challenge caused by trauma, disease, or congenital disorder.

The award consists of a plaque, a check in the amount of $250.00, and an invitation to visit the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Applied Physiology.¬†Click here to see picture of Anand receiving the award from Christopher Hovorka, Co-Director of the MSPO Program.

Christopher Hovorka’s (MSPO program co-director) comments regarding teaching students in entry-level master’s degree programs in Prosthetics and Orthotics via an on line format were cited in the March issue of the O and P Edge. The article is entitled, “Hybrid Education Does It Work for O&P”. To read more click here.

Comments by Christopher Hovorka (MSPO co-director) were published in the March issue of O&P Business News regarding recently published research by Gard, et al entitled, “Prosthetic ankle units have unanticipated effects on bilateral amputees”.

Christopher Hovorka’s (MSPO program co-director) comments regarding the need for advanced education programs in Prosthetics and Orthotics that train scientists (i.e., PhD programs) were cited in the March issue of the O and P Edge. The article is entitled, PhD: O&P Education’s Final Frontier”. To read more¬†click here.

Christopher Hovorka’s (MSPO program co-director) article chronicling the 10 Year Anniversary of Georgia Tech’s Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics program appears in the March issue of the O and P Edge. The article is entitled, “Prosthetics and Orthotics at Georgia Tech: Celebrating a Decade of Achievement”.

Chrysta Irolla (MSPO 2011) was cited in the March 2012 issue of O and P Business News. She commented on research she is conducting in conjunction with co-investigator, Kevin Carroll (vice president of Prosthetics and Orthotics for Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics).