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Research

Working to improve quality of life for those who use prostheses and orthoses.

The research program at Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC) aims to improve the quality of life for those who use prostheses (limb replacements) and orthoses (braces/splints) through creative applications of science and engineering. We are committed to disseminating new knowledge in the field to the public through publications in professional journals, presentations at symposia, webinars and other media. Our research strives to improve quantification and objective scientific evidence that informs P&O clinical decisionmaking and to develop new concepts and devices that will improve the quality, cost-effectiveness and delivery of P&O fittings. 

Our investigations has been funded through competitive grants from agencies such as the Department of Veteran's Affairs, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, the Department of Defense, the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation and through private industry grants. 

Papers & Projects

Browse the collection of the most recent master's theses, dissertations, papers and presentations stemming from our team's and our students' investigative work.

Read Our Work

Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training

This program prepares qualified postdoctoral trainees to undertake high-level research in areas relevant to rehabilitation and disability. Visit the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation's website to learn more. 

Learn About the Training Program