Read the latest news from the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about NUPOC and our recent achievements.

  • New Webinar: Prostheses for Farmers and Ranchers

    Craig Heckathorne, MS, presented a 45-minute webinar, "Prostheses: What Do Farmers and Ranchers Use; What Do They Want?” as part of the 2014 AgrAbility Virtual National Training Workshop. Twenty-five individuals participated in the workshop, which was followed by a question and answer session. This webinar was co-authored with Kathryn Waldera, MS, Margaret Parker, MS, Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons) and Steven Gard, PhD. Access the 2014 AgrAbility Virtual National Workshop presentations and select the title to launch the Adobe Connect version of the live presentation. These webinars are free and available to all.

    NUPOC also participated in the 2012 AgrAbility Virtual National Training Workshop. The webinar from that workshop, “Experiences with Prosthetics and What Is Needed: Results of Systematic Interviews with Farmers and Prosthetists”, can be accessed from the Workshop page. Learn more about the NIDRR-funded project, Assessing and Responding to the Prosthetics Needs of Farmers and Ranchers

  • NUPOC Awarded Continuing Accreditation by CAAHEP

    The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) has voted to award continuing accreditation to NUPOC. The accreditation is based on a comprehensive evaluation of the NUPOC program and recognizes NUPOC compliance with national quality standards established by CAAHEP, National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE), American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP), and American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC).

    Official notice of CAAHEP accreditation was provided to the Dean of the Feinberg School of Medicine, Director of NUPOC, Chair, and Executive Director of NCOPE. NCOPE regularly monitors NUPOC program compliance until the next accreditation review scheduled for 2019.

  • Erin Boutwell, PhD, Research Published

    SLED device with and without human subject (Boutwell 2014).The article, “A Novel in vivo Impact Device for Evaluation of Sudden Limb Loading Response” by authors Erin Boutwell, Rebecca Stine and Steven A. Gard, has been published in Medical Engineering & Physics. The article examines an in vivo testing apparatus to study limb loading; the collection of mechanical reliability and human subject data. Impact forces in human subject testing were comparable to those in human walking; and both data sets achieved high repeatability of impact forces. Read the article online at doi:10.1016/j.medengphy.2014.10.008.

    The data are derived from research conducted by Erin Boutwell, PhD, "The Effect of Systematic Variation to Transtibial Prosthesis Stiffness on Impact Loading Mechanics” (Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2014). Learn more about this project here:

  • New Publication Examines Alignment Using an AFO3D Computational Model

    Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons), WB Johnson, PhD, and Sam Kwak are authors of the newly published paper, “Using a Three-Dimensional Model of the AFO-Leg to Explore the Effects of Combinations of Axis Misalignments”. Read this article in Prosthetics Orthotics International. DOI: 10.1177/0309364614556839. The online abstract and article are available at:

    Learn more about the two research projects that provide the basis for this publication: Investigation of Ankle Axis Misalignment in Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs) Using a Three-Dimensional Model and Simulation of Ankle Foot Orthotic Joint Misalignment.
  • NUPOC Presents at Midwest Chapter Meeting 2014

    NUPOC presented at the AAOP Midwest Chapter Meeting 2014.Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons), Erin Boutwell, PhD, John Brinkmann, CPO, MA, and five NUPOC MPO students, Nina Bondre, Dylan Borrenpohl, Allison Cerruti, Stephanie Fritschen, and Brittany Mott gave presentations at  the Midwest Chapter meeting of American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) in Hickory Hills, IL.

    Speakers and presentations offered continuing education credit for prosthetists and orthotists. Don McGovern, CPO, FAAOP, and Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons), presented “Evaluating the Effects of Ankle-Foot-Orthosis Footwear-Combinations (AFO-FCs) in Children with Cerebral Palsy”; and Erin Boutwell, PhD, presented “Effect of Prosthesis Stiffness on Impact Force during In Vivo Step Loads and Gait”.

     MPO students gained professional experience by attending and presenting their work at the regional meeting. Student presentations were “Accelerometer-Based Systems Used to Collect Patient Gait Data In and Out of the Clinic” by Allison Cerutti and Nina Bondre; “Clinical Outcome Measure in Orthotics and Prosthetics” by Stephanie Fritschen and Brittany Mott; “The Long Term Effects of Gait Deviations” by Dylan Borrenpohl and NUPOC instructor John Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP.

  • Matthew Major, PhD, Presents VA Research Seminar

    Matthew Major, PhD, presented his research at the Jesse Brown VAMC (Chicago, IL).Matthew Major, PhD, presented “Clinical and Biomechanical Measures for Evaluating Upright Balance in Individuals with Lower Limb Amputation: Research at the Jesse Brown VAMC Motion Analysis Research Laboratory” to the Research and Development Service of the JBVAMC in Chicago, IL.

  • NUPOC Hosts Career Fair

    Dan Hallisy (left) interviews with representatives from a local P&O residency siteThe Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Student Society (NUPOSS) developed a Career Fair for the Master’s of Prosthetics Orthotics (MPO) 2015 class. Students met residency site representatives, asked questions, learned about each organization's corporate culture, and considered the opportunities at various residency sites. P&O providers met an accomplished pool of potential future residents and employees.

    Students and nine prosthetics-orthotics providers interviewed throughout the day at NUPOC. The participating providers were: American Prosthetics and Orthotics, Bulow Orthotic and Prosthetic Solutions, CPO, Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics, Fourroux Prosthetics, Kenney Orthopedics, Mary Free Bed Orthotics and Prosthetics, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago - Prosthetics & Orthotics Clinical Center, Scheck and Siress, and the University of Michigan O&P Center. Students will interview with representatives from the Hanger Corporation the week of November 10-14, 2014.

    MPO 2015 student Jennie Rhodes helped organize the Career Day at NUPOC    NUPOC MPO 2015 students prepare to interview with representatives of P&O residency sites     MPO 2015 student Katie White used Career Day to evaluate various P&O residency sites

    To prepare for the NUPOC Career Fair, students developed and practiced concise summaries about their training, skills, and professional goals. In addition to identifying potential opportunities for their P&O residencies, students participated in formal and informal networking segments to hone their strategies for future job interviews.

  • NUPOC MPO Program Featured in OandP Edge

    Number of students entering the NUPOC MPO graduate program (O and P Edge 11:2014)The November 2014 issue of the OandP Edge features NUPOC’s 21-month Master’s of Prosthetics and Orthotics degree program. The article is part of a series that compares P&O master’s level degree programs that are accredited by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE).

    Annually, the NUPOC MPO can accept 48 students who complete three of seven theme-based sessions online and attend the balance of the clinical skills classes on campus. Training integrates clinical and research skills that are developed through special topics courses and culminate in a capstone research project. 

  • NUPOC Graduate Featured in New York Times

    NUPOC graduate Julianne Gupta, CPO, was featured in the November 2, 2014 New York Times (NYT) Business Section, Job Market. Ms. Gupta spoke of her P&O training at Northwestern University, effectively introducing the extensive NYT readership to NUPOC and the P&O profession. It is likely that this exposure enhances awareness about P&O as an allied health specialization. 

  • Stefania Fatone Invited Speaker at 2014 NOiF Conference

      Bergen, Norway, site of 2014 NOiF annual meeting.  Dr. Fatone was an invited speaker at 2014 NOiF (Bergen, Norway).  Dr. Fatone (left) with NOiF board member Linn Bolstad Schwanborg (Bergen).  

    Stefania Fatone, PhD, was invited to present a talk at the annual meeting of the Norwegian Orthopedic Engineers Association (Norske Ortopediingeniørers Forening, NOiF) held in Bergen, Norway on November 1 and 2, 2014. Dr. Fatone presented “Improving the Gait of Partial Foot Amputees: Emerging Evidence in Support of Above-Ankle Interventions.” 

Childress Honored at Memorial Service

Approximately 200 friends, colleagues and family members attended the September 20, 2014 memorial service held in honor of Dudley Childress. Links to the transcribed version of eulogies and retrospectives that were presented at the memorial service are available. Links to the MP3 audio files of the entire memorial service are available. Links to the essays written by former students and colleagues on the occasion of the "Festschrift in Honor of Dudley S. Childress, PhD©" (2006) are also available.

The Childress Fund

The Childress Fund has been established with a genergous gift from the Childress family to help carry forward Dudley Childress' work by stimulating interest in rehabilitation engineering for prosthetics-orthotics. Ultimately, the Fund will benefit all who are interested in P&O and especially individuals who live with physical impairments. With your support, the Childress Fund can be endowed in perpetuity. We invite you to be part of this effort by giving generously to the Childress Fund.

NUPOC Offers Free Webinar

Ryan Caldwell, CP/L, and Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons), presented a free online webinar, "Subischial Socket with Vacuum-Assisted Suspension for Persons with Transfemoral Amputation", hosted by the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.