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.

  • NUPOC Presents at ISPO 2015

    Stefania Fatone, PhD, presented a symposium with colleagues Mick Dillon, PhD, Brian Hafner, PhD, and Nerrolyn Ford, PhD.NUPOC researchers Steven A. Gard, PhD, Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons), Matthew Major, PhD, Erin Boutwell, PhD, Yeongchi Wu, MD, Ryan Caldwell, CP/L, FAAOP, and Larissa Conner Sletto, CPO, presented their findings at the International Society of Prosthetics & Orthotics Symposium on June 22 – 25, 2015 in Lyon, France. Former NUPOC Visiting Researchers Kengo Ohnishi, PhD, Felix Starker, Dipl. Ing., and Michael Dillon, PhD, also presented their work at ISPO 2015.

    Dr. Gard co-chaired “Free Papers: Prosthetics LL TF Prosthetic Knee and Foot 1”; presented “Effect of Ankle Immobilization on Able-Bodied Gait as a Model for Understanding Bilateral Amputee Gait”; and co-presented with others the symposium, “Evidence-Based Practice for Prosthetic Foot Prescription”.

    Ryan Caldwell, CP/L, FAAOP, presenting at ISPO 2015.Dr. Major presented “Prediction of Frequent Fallers Amongst Lower Limb Prosthesis Users and Effects of Mobility Aid Use on Mobility and Balance Performance” and “A Survey-Based Investigation of the Role of Outcome Measures in the Assignment of Medicare Functional Classification Level for Persons with Lower Limb Amputation”. Dr. Gard and Dr. Major co-presented “Exploring the Relationship between Lower-limb Prosthesis Mechanical Properties and User Performance for Clinical Prescription and Prosthesis Design Optimization”

    Stefania Fatone, PhD, presenting at ISPO 2015Dr. Fatone presented “Pelvic and Spinal Motion during Walking in Persons with Transfemoral Amputation with and without Low Back Pain”, “Coronal Plane Socket Stability during Gait in Persons with Transfemoral Amputation: Pilot Study”; and the poster, “Effect of Two Orthotic Approaches on Activity Level, Balance & Satisfaction in Children with Cerebral Palsy (CP)”. Dr. Fatone and Mr. Caldwell presented “Northwestern University Flexible Subischial Vacuum Socket (NU-FlexSIV)”; Dr. Fatone co-presented the symposium, “From Stable Standing to ‘Rock’n’Roll’ Walking with Prostheses and Orthoses”; and Dr. Fatone and Dr. Dillon co-presented with others the symposium, “Applications of Best Available Evidence in O&P: What Can We Learn from Systematic Reviews?”.

    Dr. Boutwell presented “Effect of Longitudinal Prosthesis Stiffness on Force Transmission during Transtibial Amputee Gait” and “Effect of Longitudinal Prosthesis Stiffness on Force Transmission during In Vivo Impact Loading”. 

    Dr. Wu presented “Dilatancy TLSO System for Fabricating Thoraco-Lumbar-Sacral Orthoses”; and the poster, “Case Report: Stump Care and Prosthetic Fitting of a Transfemoral Residual Limb with a Large Open Wound”. Ms. Conner Sletto presented “Dilatancy-based, Plaster-less System for Fabricating Ankle Foot Orthoses”.

  • Matthew Major Lauds JPO as P&O Research Forum

    Matthew J. Major, PhD, published an editorial in the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, 2015, 27(3). Dr. Major observes, “The JPO is in the unique position of offering an ideal platform for disseminating, discussing, and debating relevant research within the O&P community. Through this medium for exchanging ideas and exploring the intricacies of O&P practice, we have the opportunity to inherently shape this profession and redefine what is deemed possible for rehabilitative care.

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  • Fatone Interview Broadcast on KBIA Public Radio

    Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons), was interviewed on KBIA Public Radio.Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons), was interviewed by Kristoff Husted for a radio program about “Amputee Farmers Struggle with Available Prosthetics”. The interview aired on KBIA Mid-Missouri Public Radio on June 3, 2015. Dr. Fatone was part of the NUPOC team that conducted research on Assessing and Responding to the Prosthetics Needs of Farmers and Ranchers. The research was funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). 

    NARIC, News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond picked up the KBIA radio interview, "Farmers with Prosthetics Face Durability Challenges", and disseminated the link on June 17, 2015. 

  • Stefania Fatone Participates in OSR Panel

    Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons), presented the Principal Investigator Perspective as part of a panel on “Navigating the Research Enterprise”. Other panelists were David Lynch (Executive Director, Office of Sponsored Research, Chicago) and Katherine Mustea (Contract Finance Administrator, Accounting Services Research & Sponsored Programs). This panel was one in a series called “First Mondays Faculty Development: An Introductory Series for Postdoctoral Fellows and Early Career Junior Faculty.” A joint venture of the Faculty Affairs Office, Feinberg School of Medicine, and the NUCATS Institute, the series provides an introduction to some of the most important aspects of transitioning from researcher-in-training to investigator leading a research team or collaborating with peers. 

  • NUPOC Presents at 2015 Midwest Chapter Meeting

    NUPOC faculty and students participated in the Midwest Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists 2015 Annual Meeting and Scientific Session held May 27-29, 2015 in Rosemont, IL.

    Faculty and recent NUPOC MPO graduates presented their research findings. Andrea Sherwood, MPO (2015) presented “Using Good Patient/Practitioner Communication: Benefit to Health Care Practitioners”, co-authored with Stefania Fatone and John Brinkmann. Yeongchi Wu, Larissa Sletto and Christopher Robinson presented “Dilatancy System for Fabricating Ankle-Foot Orthoses and TLSOs.” Stefania Fatone and Ryan Caldwell presented “An Introduction to Sub Ischial Sockets with Vacuum Assisted Suspension.” Lilly Tran presented “Stakeholder Input on Development of a Residual Limb Health Monitoring System”, co-authored with Stefania Fatone, Ryan Caldwell and Matthew Quigley.

    In addition to research presentations, NUPOC actively contributed to the meeting with John Brinkmann and Michael Cavanaugh serving on the Board of the Midwest Chapter. Also, student representatives of the NUPOC 2016 MPO attended the meeting where they promoted NUPOC programs and the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Student Society (NUPOSS). 

  • Emily Tierney Wins Dale Yasukawa Award

    Emily Tierney (MPO 2016) winner of the 2015 Dale Yasukawa Award.NUPOC congratulates Emily Tierney (MPO 2016), the 2015 Dale Yasukawa Award recipient. A primary goal of the Dale Yasukawa scholarship is to defray student registration fees at the local, annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) and to assist in the purchase of books and supplies required for study at NUPOC. Ms. Tierney said, “I am happy and very grateful to receive the Yasukawa Award. It will help with my educational expenses.”

    Prior to beginning coursework for the NUPOC MPO, Ms. Tierney found it stimulating and rewarding to work with patients in a P&O professional setting and to help them regain function. She graduated with a BS, earning high marks in Health and Human Sciences, with a major in Kinesiology and a concentration in Sports Medicine (University of North Carolina-Greensboro). She participated in projects and internships related to communications and exercise physiology; and achieved certifications in CPR, Emergency Oxygen, and First Aid, Registered Orthotic Fitter, Registered Mastectomy Fitter. In Chicago, she volunteers as a mentor for the 2017 incoming class of MPO students.

    An energetic sportswoman, Ms. Tierney was a competitive gymnast, played softball, track, and cheered. She coached volleyball and still makes time to enjoy outdoor activities, including skydiving, swimming, hiking and riding motorcycles. She looks forward to completing her P&O training and returning to lead her family-owned orthotics practice.

  • Matthew Major, PhD, Selected Elite Reviewer

    Matthew Major, PhD, selected Elite Reviewer by Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.The Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has recognized Matthew Major, PhD, as an Elite Reviewer. Section editors assigned scores to reviews and Dr. Major was deemed in the top 1% of 2,017 reviewers for the number, timeliness, and quality of the reviews he submitted. The highest level of peer review requires significant time, effort, critical thought and clear expression. Typically, reviewer efforts are anonymous and unrecognized except by editors. The Archives established the Elite Reviewer designation to recognize reviewers who contribute reviews of extraordinary quality to rehabilitation literature. Kudos to Dr. Major!

  • Nina Bondre Wins OPERF Student Award

    Nina Bondre, OPERF Student Award (2015)Nina Bondre, NUPOC MPO graduate (2015), has won an OPERF Student Award, which she will use to attend the 2016 AAOP conference in Orlando, FL. In July 2015, Ms. Bondre will begin her 18-month P&O residency at Dankmeyer, Inc. (Linthicum Heights, MD),  where she will work under the supervision of Clinic Director Mark Stephen Hopkins, PT, CPO, MBA (NUPOC 2001). The Dankmeyer practice is affiliated with Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, where Ms. Bondre can participate in clinical lectures, local seminars, manufacturing workshops and research and development opportunities. Ms. Bondre’s leadership role at NUPOC as founder and first president of the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Student Society (NUPOSS) is a good fit for Dankmeyer and their mission to train residents “to be outstanding professional clinicians and the future leaders of our profession.”

    Ms. Bondre said, “My career plans are a few years of clinical work, followed by teaching and research. I would love to be more involved with the Academy and move into a leadership role in this organization. I want to raise awareness about the work we do and the impact it has on our patients, in order to gain more publicity for our field.” NUPOC congratulates Ms. Bondre!

  • Allie Cerutti Wins OPERF Student Award

    Allison Cerutti, 2015 OPERF Student Award.Allison Cerutti, NUPOC MPO graduate (2015), has won an OPERF Student Award. Ms. Cerutti said, “I am thankful to receive an OPERF Student Award and I am passionate about learning and continuing my education throughout the duration of my career”. She plans to use the cash award “to supplement expenses to attend a national O&P conference, most likely the next Academy Annual Meeting”. Ms. Cerutti adds this honor to her excellent performance in the NUPOC MPO where she was selected graduation keynote speaker. Ms. Cerutti demonstrated a keen interest in research in her NUPOC Capstone project, “Relationship between Preoperative Expectations and Long-term Postoperative Outcomes in Persons with Planned Lower Limb Amputation”, mentored by Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons). Ms. Cerutti noted that the OPERF Student Award will further support her research goals, “I plan to involve myself in clinical research during residency and I would like to attend many educational opportunities at the Academy meeting.”

    Currently, Ms. Cerutti is an orthotics resident under the supervision of Keith M. Smith, CO, FAAOP (NUPOC 1998) at Orthotic & Prosthetic Lab, Inc., in her hometown, St. Louis (MO). She said, “I am excited to be starting my career back home.” NUPOC congratulates Allison Cerutti!

  • NUPOC Hosts IGEN Visitors

       Faculty, administrators and students from under-represented minorities learned about biomedical engineering for P&O at NUPOC.   Chris Robinson, CPO (right), explains NUPOC P&O education programs to IGEN group.

    Rebecca Stine, MS, explains motion analysis to IGEN group.NUPOC hosted 24 faculty and undergraduate students majoring in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) who visited Northwestern University as under-represented minorities. This educational STEM tour was partially supported through The Graduate School (TGS) of Northwestern University, Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The tour, Introduction to Graduate Education at Northwestern Days (IGEN), is a TGS initiative to increase recruitment of under-represented minority students.

    After a welcome greeting by NUPOC Executive Director Steven A. Gard, PhD, Christopher Robinson, CPO, MBA, MS, ATC, FAAOP, guided the group through NUPOC facilities, while providing an overview of careers and educational opportunities available through the Master’s in Prosthetics & Orthotics (MPO) program. They also visited the on-site Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Motion Analysis Research Laboratory managed by Rebecca Stine, MS. Dr. Gard and Ms. Stine explained NUPOC research projects in biomedical engineering and outcomes that can be generated using motion analysis.

    The IGEN participants represented colleges in Puerto Rico, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Illinois, New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, Washington DC, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan and Washington, including the historically African-American institutions Spelman College (Atlanta, GA), Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA), and Hampton University (Hampton, VA). NUPOC is committed to supporting diversity in P&O and biomedical engineering.

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 generous 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. 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), present a free online webinar, "Subischial Socket with Vacuum-Assisted Suspension for Persons with Transfemoral Amputation", hosted by the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.