Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center

Volunteer at NUPOC

Our volunteers are an integral part of the meaningful research we conduct at the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center.

Research Subjects

The participation of volunteer research subjects enables NUPOC to collect data and contribute to new knowledge in rehabilitation engineering. NUPOC conducts many projects that require the participation of Research Subjects. Projects focus on walking with prostheses after transtibial and/or transfemoral amputation(s), use of Reciprocating Gait Orthoses (RGO), oxygen consumption, spinal studies, and many others.

Learn more about the projects actively needing research participants and their requirements below. 

Research Projects Are Recruiting Volunteer Subjects
Certified Prosthetists Invited to Participate in an Online Focus Group about Vacuum Pumps
Lower Limb Prosthesis Users Invited to Participate in Online Focus Group about Vacuum Pumps
Lower Limb Prosthesis Users Invited to Participate in Hip Muscle Strength Study (UIC) 
Above-Knee Prosthesis Users Invited to Participate in the Effect of Transfemoral Socket Design Study 
Below-Knee Prosthesis Users Invited to Participate in Falls Study 
Able-Bodied Subjects Invited to Participate in Falls Study 
Post-Stroke Ankle-Foot Orthoses (AFO) Users Invited to Participate in Walking Study 
Are You Walking with a Brace or Artificial Limb? 

Educational Models

Community volunteers are vital contributors to the educational and research mission at Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC). NUPOC deeply appreciates the commitment of the dedicated men and women who serve as our Educational Models and Research Subjects. Able-bodied research subjects help us establish control samples; persons with a physical disability enrich our understanding of the full range of human movement and functional possibilities.

NUPOC cannot effectively train students or conduct research without the willing involvement of men and women with physical disabilities who may use orthoses or prostheses. Some individuals participate as both Educational Models and Research Subjects. We appreciate these people who generously offer their time, effort, and patience to advance the important work that we conduct at NUPOC. 

If you would like to be evaluated as a potential Educational Model, please contact Kristin Carnahan, CPO.

Through our series of personal stories, we celebrate our past and current Educational Models and research subjects. 


In Memory of Late Educational Models

Educational Models are important in our training of new P&O clinicians. NUPOC appreciates the service of late Education Models. With respect and gratitude, we honor the memory of: 

Percy Allison (D 2011)
Larry Brittmon (D 2014)
Emiliano Calderon (D 2014)
Vertis Eatmon (D 2014)
Gary Jenkins (D 2015)
Charles Robinson (D 2014)
Betty Taylor (D 2018)
George Wedel (D 2011)