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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.

  • Fatone Is Featured PI in O&P Almanac

    Improving Poststroke MobilityThe April 2019 issue of O&P Almanac (Improving Post-Stroke Mobility, pages 40-43), profiles Principal Investigator Stefania Fatone, PhD, and her research that contributes to the AOPA Orthotics 2020 initiative for O&P Learning/Evidence-Based Practice. Fatone and her research team are evaluating the gait biomechanics and energy expenditure of 21 subjects with post-stroke hemiplegia during continuous walking with AFOs and AFO-footwear combinations.

    Dr. Fatone suggests that the “gait of persons post-stroke should be assessed over longer distances. An AFO-footwear combination that has been tuned for level walking may more effectively diminish gait impairments and improve metabolic efficiency during continuous walking than a clinically prescribed AFO.” Dr. Fatone expects that the results of this Orthotics 2020 study will provide clinicians with data that can enhance their AFO prescriptions for a post-stroke patient population.

    Learn more about the research project, Effect of Ankle-Foot Orthoses (AFOs) on Continuous Walking in Persons with Post-Stroke Hemiplegia.

  • Fatone Invited Speaker at OP Innovative Technologies Conference

    Dr. Fatone, speaker at  OP Innovative Technologies ConferenceStefania Fatone, PhD, will speak at the 4th Orthotic and Prosthetic Innovative Technologies Conference held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on May 16-18. Dr. Fatone will speak about the NU-FlexSIV Socket technology. The stated goals of the conference are to foster emerging technologies that can advance patient care and have a transformative impact on the field of P&O.

    As well as Dr. Fatone, other prominent speakers will discuss their P&O innovations. The program includes numerous presenters who have had collaborative associations with NUPOC, including Andrew Hansen, PhD, Elliott Rouse, PhD, Andrew Sawers, PhD, MSPO, Robert Gregg, PhD, Peter Adamczyk, PhD, Steve Collins, PhD, and PhD candidate Max Shepherd. Registration is $325 and the conference is approved for 14.75 ABC credits/ 17.42 BOC credits.

  • Fatone and Co-Editors-in-Chief Publish Vision for POI

    Co-Editors-in-Chief of Prosthetics and Orthotics International (POI), Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons), Michael Dillon, PhD, Brian Hafner, PhD, and Nerrolyn Ramstrand, PhD, have published their first editorial since assuming the position in January 2019. 

    The editors share their vision and action plan for the journal: develop a new editorial model, recruit additional Associate Editors, develop new policies and administrative procedures, and serve as a revitalized Editorial Board. POI serves the profession by disseminating evidence and providing a repository of knowledge about P&O clinical practices, interventions, and outcomes. 

    This POI editorial is open source. Learn about the new Editorial Board members and their vision for the journal at Keeping Pace with the Ever-Growing Orthotic and Prosthetic Profession: New Faces and Changes at Prosthetics and Orthotics International.

  • Fatone at ISPO World Congress Scientific Committee

    Dr. Fatone serves on ISPO World Congress Scientific CommitteeStefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons), is a member of the ISPO World Congress Scientific Committee. Chaired by Dick Plettenburg, the committee members met in London, UK, on April 12 and 13 to compile the scientific program for the 2019 ISPO 17th World Congress. The committee selected from among 700 abstract submissions to symposia, instructional courses and free papers.

    The ISPO Congress will held in Kobe, Japan on October 5 through 8, 2019. Thousands of multidisciplinary delegates will attend the 2019 ISPO Congress to exchange state-of-the-art information about P&O, mobility and assistive devices.

  • Robinson and NUPOC Collaborate with Interdisciplinary Learning Day

    Christopher Robinson, MS, MBA, CPO.Christopher Robinson, MS, MBA, CPO, and NUPOC contributed to the interdisciplinary learning day sponsored by the Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences for second-year Doctor of Physical Therapy students. Direct interaction with community volunteers who live with neuromuscular conditions helped familiarize students with the clinical skills required to work as part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team.

    Robinson said, “Community volunteers or educational models provide significant learning opportunities that are an indispensable adjunct to lectures and assigned readings.” Working directly with volunteer patients, PT students learned to develop lower limb orthotic treatment plans for persons who live with stroke, cerebral palsy and post-polio syndrome. Effective, collaborative treatment plans can improve patients’ community participation and quality of life.

    Read more at Community Volunteers Help Teach Physical Therapy Students alongside NUPOC Faculty and Alumni.

  • Innovator Josh Caputo, PhD, of Humotech to Visit NUPOC

    Josh Caputo, PhD, CEO, HumotechAt the invitation of Matthew Major, PhD, Josh Caputo, PhD, President and CEO of Humotech, will visit NUPOC on April 30, 2019 to present a talk about his work.

    Successfully bridging the gap between simulation and reality, Dr. Caputo has developed a robotic prosthesis emulator system that in real time can evaluate assistive devices while they are worn by an end user. The Humotech Caplex System is a tethered, assistive robotics product that provides quantitative data capture for prostheses, orthoses and exoskeletons. Real time evaluations reduce the time required to test different device conditions and the resulting data can improve clinician guidelines and patient outcomes.

    Dr. Caputo develops innovations using a holistic and integrative engineering approach that helps to improve and integrate information used by clinicians, patients and insurers. Dr. Caputo is a graduate of Steve Collins’ Experimental Biomechatronics Lab, formerly at Carnegie Mellon University.

  • NUPOC Authors among Top 100 JPO Publications

    Fatone, Gard, Lipschutz and Michael authored approximately 10% of JPO most frequently accessed articles.

    The Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, a leading professional journal, provides a list of its most popular and frequently accessed peer reviewed, original publications. The top 100 reveals a who’s-who list of seminal P&O publications.

    NUPOC faculty and alumni are prominently represented and have authored 10 percent of these most popular articles. Topping the list, each of these NUPOC faculty have authored two peer reviewed publications: Stefania Fatone, Steven A. Gard, Robert Lipschutz and John Michael

    See the full list at JPO Most Popular Articles.  

  • Stefania Fatone Invited to Present at IPOPA

    Dr. Fatone presenting at IPOPA 2019.Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons) and Jessica Yohay attended the Iowa Prosthetics, Orthotics and Pedorthics Association (IPOPA) Meeting held in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday April 6, 2019. 

    Dr. Fatone opened the all day program with her presentation, The Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Vacuum (NU-FlexSIV) Socket: Development, Research and Dissemination. The IPOPA audience responded positively to the presentation. 

    Dr. Fatone was invited to present her research at the 2019 IPOPA meeting by Matt Husnik, CPO, (NUPOC Orthotics 2011; Prosthetics 2013). Mr. Husnik reported that the 2019 meeting attracted more attendees than any prior meeting. 

  • NUPOC Presents at Landsberg Research Day

    Under the guidance of PI Matthew Major, Jenny Kent and Orazio Casanova presented their posters at the 2019 Landsberg Research Day.

    Five NUPOC researchers presented their posters at the 15th Annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day on April 4. 

    Julia Quinlan, PhD, presented her poster at the 2019 Landsberg Research Day.In Clinical Science, presenters (in bold) and title of research posters are: 
    Orazio Casanova (PI Matthew Major), EMG Signal Processing of Muscle Activations during Transtibial Prosthetic Gait
    Jenny Kent (PI Matthew Major), The Effect of Prosthetic Knee Resistance on Gait Dynamics
    Julia Quinlan (PI Stefania Fatone), Tensile and Coefficient of Friction Testing of Textured Socket Specimens
    Larry Wang (PI Matthew Major), Agent Orange Effects on Sensorimotor Function of Transtibial Prosthesis Users

    In Basic Science, Eduardo Amkie Dichi (PI Matthew Major) presented 2D Motion Analysis for Measuring Prosthetic Hand Motion.

    Eduardo Amkie Dichi presented his poster at the 2019 Landsberg Research Day.


  • Prosthetics and Orthotics Cited among Best Jobs for Future

    P&O among top 100 jobs for futureU.S. News and World Report (100 Best Jobs 2019) ranks prosthetist-orthotist as the 47th best job in the USA and the 5th best among health care support jobs. P&O has high job satisfaction, ranking 6.5 among 10, and future career prospects are positive. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the P&O field to have 98.8 percent certainty of employment and 22.2 percent job growth projected through 2026.  

    Students in the Master’s of Prosthetics and Orthotics (MPO) degree at Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC) chart a path to certain employment, good salary and high job satisfaction.

    NUPOC trainees develop a skill set that can immediately improve the lives of people with physical impairments. Some members of the NUPOC MPO (2020) expressed their motivations and goals for a career in P&O. Beth Kuske said, “I want to use my knowledge and education to become a skilled and compassionate Certified Prosthetist-Orthotist (CPO), while helping patients to gain confidence and independence.” Kaylyn McCurry echoed this perspective, “The MPO will enable me to pursue my passion for helping others to live a more productive and fulfilling life.”

    Beyond clinical work, P&O careers can span research, education and philanthropic service. Robert Pizzolla said, “As a CPO, I look forward to working with top researchers and practitioners to design and fit patients with the most innovative devices.” Gabriella Meffert looks beyond establishing herself as a CPO, “I want to contribute to P&O education, teach in a P&O Master’s program, help interested students get exposure to the field, and assist in residency programs.” Chelsea Richards plans to use her engineering background “to research and design new P&O solutions, and to introduce greater sustainability in the field.” Gina Colosimo also plans “to incorporate my Industrial Design training into the P&O field and focus on underserved populations.”

    While the highly qualified candidates in the NUPOC MPO program may be attracted to P&O for job certainty, job growth, and career satisfaction, they also are committed to providing positive outcomes for patients with physical impairments and contributing new knowledge to the field.

The Childress Fund

Established with a generous gift from the Childress family, the Childress Fund accepts donations that help to continue Dudley Childress' work by stimulating interest in rehabilitation engineering for Prosthetics-Orthotics.

The Childress Fund benefits all who are interested in P&O and especially individuals who live with physical impairments. We invite you to be part of this ongoing effort by giving generously to the Dudley S. Childress, PhD, Research and Education Fund