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.

  • Erin Boutwell, PhD, Embarks as a Medical Writer

    Erin Boutwell, PhD, begins career as medical writerErin V. Boutwell, PhD, has accepted a position as a Medical Science Writer/Editor at Education and Training Systems International (ETSI) in Chapel Hill, NC. For more than 40 years, ETSI has specialized in developing custom curricula and training programs for dozens of clients within pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device companies. ETSI expertise serves many clinical and therapeutic disciplines and deploys innovative instructional content. 

    At ETSI, Dr. Boutwell will design customized training materials for blended learning environments within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. Dr. Boutwell will support ETSI’s mission to “develop medically accurate, educationally sound content that can be deployed across a variety of platforms.” NUPOC wishes Dr. Boutwell success in her career.

  • NUPOC-IS 2015 Service Trip to Zacapa, Guatemala

    From  February 7 through February 15, 2015 NUPOC-International Service (NUPOC-IS) volunteers, led by Robert Lipschutz, CP, provided free P&O clinical services at the ROMP clinic in Zacapa, Guatemala for under-served Guatemalans who live with a physical impairment. NUPOC-IS volunteers were instructor Roberto Lopez-Rosado, DPT, and NUPOC 2015 MPO graduates Dylan Borrenpohl, Rae Figueroa, Daniel Hallisy, Haris Kafedzic, Brittany Mott, Nicole Olson, Jennie Rhodes, Brodie Rice, Nicholas Uhler, and Kathleen White. Melinda Thorpe, CPO, coordinates the annual NUPOC-IS service trip, a formal collaboration with the Range of Motion Project-Chicago (ROMP). NUPOC students have the opportunity to work internationally, make a significant difference in human lives, and enhance their clinical P&O skills under the supervision of NUPOC faculty and ROMP staff at the Kevin O’Halloran Rehabilitation Clinic in Zacapa, Guatemala.

    During a week at the Zacapa clinic, the 2015 NUPOC-IS volunteers improved the lives of many Guatemalans. Working together as a team with ROMP clinic staff, NUPOC-IS volunteers evaluated 22 patients and delivered a device to 21 of them. Twelve of the patients received their first prosthesis. Of the 22 patients, 13 had transfemoral amputation and two of those had bilateral amputations. Seven among the 22 had amputation due to accident or another trauma and 8 amputations resulted from dysvascular conditions or tumor. One individual was seen for TF prosthetic adjustment. Additionally, the NUPOC-IS volunteers fit 2 transtibial prostheses; 2 transradial prostheses; and 1 hip disarticulation prosthesis. All Guatemalan P&O clients are assured of excellent follow-up care from the staff at the ROMP clinic.

    Mr. Lipschutz recognized the significant contribution of the NUPOC-IS volunteers and thanked them for their “hard work, dedication, sacrifice and love” that they showed the patients at Zacapa. Mr. Lopez-Rosaldo expressed the unforgettable experience that he had shared with the NUPOC-IS volunteers, “I considered it an honor working side by side with you…It seemed to me that you love what you do, and you do it well.”

  • Matthew Major Participates in Student-Faculty Retreat

    Matthew Major, PhD, attended the 2015 Annual Student-Faculty Retreat as a faculty participant and served as a poster judge at the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) on July 10-12, 2015 in Chicago, IL and Delavan, WI. The purpose of the retreat was to welcome new MD/PhD students into the program and to allow other students to present their doctoral research. The program began in Chicago with speeches, a research poster session, and a reception. The program participants continued their presentations, reports and updates in a Wisconsin resort where they combined academic content with social opportunities that focused on information exchange and networking. 

  • Matthew Major Presents at Salford University (UK)

    Matthew Major, PhD, presented "Rehabilitation Engineering Research at the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center for Education and Research" at the University of Salford (Manchester, UK) on July 2, 2015. He addressed the Centre for Health Sciences Research, which includes faculty and graduate students of the School of Health Sciences, and the School of Computing, Science, and Engineering.

    Dr. Major presented an overview about the kinds of research projects that are conducted at NUPOC; and described in detail several research projects that he has been conducting at NUPOC during the past five years. His research topics covered a broad range, including a biomechanical analysis of amputee gait and the evaluation of clinically-relevant outcome measures. Following his talk, Dr. Major participated in several meetings to discuss ongoing and future collaborative projects.

  • 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.

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.