September 2008

Richard Welling, MSPO, CO, LO (Class of 2005) and Karl Barner, CPO, LPO from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta published an article in Advance for Directors in Rehabilitation entitled, “Breaking through barriers – Sports prostheses open new doors for people with amputation”. The article was published in September 2008 edition, (volume 17, number. 9).

Faculty member Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP presented a free paper entitled, “Clinical Outcomes of a New Prosthetic Hand” at the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association National Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP was featured in the September 15 issue of the O&P Business News for his work with MedShare International in creating a prosthetic and orthotic component clearinghouse for use in developing nation orthotic and prosthetic care.

The Georgia Tech Master of Science in Prosthetics & Orthotics (MSPO) Program has been awarded a $600,000 research grant by the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) and sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The grant is entitled, “Medical Image Generated Dynamic Prosthetic Sockets”. Principal investigator for the grant, faculty member Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP, will head the collaborative effort which includes the Georgia Tech School of Applied Physiology (Young Hui Chang, PhD), the School of Aerospace Engineering (Erian Armanios, PhD & Samer Tawfik, PhD), the Georgia Tech Research Institute (Shayne Kondor) and the Emory University Department of Radiology (Michael Terk, MD). The two-year project will determine the feasibility of creating dynamic prosthetic limb sockets utilizing magnetic resonance imaging data, computer aided design software, finite element analysis and instrumented gait analysis.

A similar announcement also appeared in the September 2008 edition of the O&P Edge.

Ron Roiz (MSPO class of 2007) reflects on his experiences as a resident of orthotics at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in the September issue of the O&P Edge. Read the article here.