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Capabilities

CAPABILITIES (1991-2013) ONLINE ARCHIVE

Archive Index and Content Summary for Capabilities Online Archive

The free quarterly publication, Capabilities, was issued as a mailed, hard copy publication for 22 years from 1991 through 2013 by the Northwestern University Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (NURERC) for Prosthetics and Orthotics. Under the RERC, Capabilities was funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the U. S. Department of Education. NIDRR grants that supported the publication of Capabilities were: Grant H133E80013 (1988-1993); Grant H133E30007 (1993 through 1998); Grant H133E980023 (October 1, 1998 through September 30, 2003); Grant H133E030030 (October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2008); and Grant H133E080009 (October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2013). The opinions expressed in these publications are those of the grantee and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Education.

From 1991 through 2013, Capabilities was available by mail and on the internet to individuals and institutions who are interested in Prosthetics and Orthotics (P&O). From 2014, due to a change in funding, Capabilities is available only in PDF format and may be downloaded and printed from the NUPOC web site.

Capabilities provides information about research and education activities conducted at the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC). Clinicians, manufacturers, consumers, and fellow investigators who are involved in P&O can access articles about the research, presentations, publications, and other activities conducted at NUPOC.

To inquire about Capabilities, contact the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center, 680 North Lake Shore Drive, Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60611 or call 312-503-5700. You may also communicate by e-mail: reiu@northwestern.edu.

NOTE: Available Capabilities are in the Adobe PDF format. You will need the Adobe Reader, which is available for FREE, to view these documents. Select the Capabilities issue from the Archive Index and open the corresponding PDF located online at: https://northwestern.box.com/s/sdhxk6vop7d3yxdf1ubz. This link takes you to Northwestern Box where you can access the Capabilities PDFs.

  • Winter 2013

    This issue features:

    • The Marlo Anatomical Socket (MAS®) Studied for Coronal Plane Stability, How the MAS® Provides Comfort and Stability, R. J. Garrick, PhD, and Stefania Fatone, PhD
    • Spotlight on collaborative researcher, Robert Tillges, CPO, FAAOP
    • Development of Subischial Prosthetic Sockets with Vacuum Assisted Suspension for Highly Active Persons, Principal Investigator Stefania Fatone, PhD
    • Articles about collaboration with Center for the Intrepid and supplemental funding award through the Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program
    • Stories about keynote addresses delivered by Stefania Fatone; webinar presented by Craig Heckathorne, MS; and the 4th annual NUPOC International Service trip to Guatemala
  • Spring 2013

    This issue features:

    • Development of a 3-D Simulation Tool to Investigate the Effects of AFO Joint Misalignments, Stefania Fatone, PhD, and Kerice Tucker, BS
    • Information about a web-based, interactive, educational tool to be used by orthotics students
    • Dilatancy Casting for Prosthetics and Orthotics: A Translational Technology, R. J. Garrick, PhD
    • News on NUPOC researchers' presentations at ISPO 2013 and other forums; the Yeongchi Wu International Educational Award; US Senator Dick Durbin’s proposal to fund P&O research and education; and NUPOC projects assisted by Larissa Conner, CO, and International Scholar Elisah Pietersma, BS.
  • Summer 2013

    This issue features:

    • Evaluating the Validity and Reliability of the Berg Balance Scale for Use on Individuals with Lower Limb Amputation, Matthew Major, PhD
    • Information on the successful doctoral defense by Kiki Zissimopoulos, PhD; NU-Invo Prize winner Brian Robillard, BS; Erin Boutwell, MS, awardee of OPERF and NU Graduate Writing fellowships
    • Kyle Swensen, BS, 2013 NURERC Scholar; and research extern Anne Thurber, BA
    • Information about NUPOC research presentations at professional meetings and outreach activities
  • Autumn 2013

    This issue features:

    • Balance and Confidence during Post-Stroke Gait, Kiki Zissimopoulos, PhD
    • A report on the first NUPOC MPO class
    • Information on the educational module, Biotechnology: High Tech, Low Tech, the Right Tech!, presented by NUPOC to the National Student Leadership Conference
    • Other articles examine research and education training seminars presented at NUPOC by visiting scholar Michael Dillon, PhD (LaTrobe University, Australia); NUPOC presentations at the AAOP Midwest Chapter Meeting; the Third Musculoskeletal Research Training Day at Northwestern University; the NUPOC dilatancy workshops presented at the Lurie Children’s Hospital; and an educational program presented to Rush OT graduates
  • Winter 2012

    This issue features:

    • Portable Equipment and Clinical Collaboration Enable Collection of Off-Site RGO Gait Data, William Brett Johnson, PhD
    • An article examining Dr. Johnson’s successful dissertation defense about RGO-assisted gait
    • Meet instructional team member Shenan Hoppe-Ludwig, CO
    • Stories on a didactic tour of NUPOC for high school science students; NUPOC graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who serve as judges at science fairs
    • A spotlight on preparations to launch NUPOC’s Master’s in Prosthetics and Orthotics (MPO)
  • Spring 2012

    This issue features:

    • NUPOC International Service: Building Limbs, Restoring Lives, R. J. Garrick, PhD
    • Reports on Seminar in Technical Orthopedics with speakers from German-speaking countries and Loyola University
    • Megan Carroll, Library Information Science Practicum student, who is organizing the NUPOC Special Collection; and Freek Verbakel, an extern from Delft, who is analyzing NUPOC’s data about center of pressure progression in ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs); Reports on Craig Heckathorne, MSc, and Erin Boutwell, MS, who presented biomedical engineering opportunities at the 41st Annual Career Day for Girls; and memorial to James Russ, CO, former director of the NUPOC Orthotics program  
  • Summer 2012

    This issue features:

    • The 2012 and 2006 NUPOC State of the Science Survey Results, James Schweitzer and Stefania Fatone, PhD
    • A free CE Opportunity for CPOs about quality improvement that was developed by NUPOC and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)
    •  New faculty John Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP, and Nydia Marzán-Harding, CPO/L; and 2012 NURERC Research Scholar James Schweitzer
    • News on the 2012 Thranhardt Award for NUPOC research authored by Azucena Rodriguez, PhD, et al., Spinal Motion during Walking in Persons with Transfemoral Amputation with and without Low Back Pain
    • Stories about NUPOC publications, presentations, educational outreach, grant proposals and awarded funding
  • Autumn 2012

    This issue features:

    • Spreading the Word: Promoting Clinically-Relevant Knowledge in P&O; and NUPOC Educational Tours: A Platform for Knowledge Translation, R. J. Garrick, PhD
    • NUPOC International Scholar, José Zavaleta; and Dale Yasukawa Scholarship recipient, Jeff Henderson.
    • Information on an Academy webinar presented by Azucena Rodriguez and Stefania Fatone; global and domestic keynote talks by Stefania Fatone
    • News about NURERC publications, and research presentations at AAOP Midwest Chapter Meeting; Musculoskeletal Research Training Day, RIC Grand Rounds, and 7-Minutes of Science
  • Winter 2011

    This issue features:

    • Launching the New NUPOC, R. J. Garrick, PhD; a feature about NUPOC’s Ribbon Cutting and Open House
    • A spotlight on donors who made major gifts to NUPOC; the conceptual design for NUPOC’s new space; and dedication of the Childress Commons  
    • A piece on NUPOC success in research collaboration; and NUPOC International P&O Service  trip to Zacapa, Guatemala
    • Spotlights on Stefania Fatone as a guest editor ofProsthetics and Orthotics International; Christopher Robinson on his 2010 OPERF Educator Award and recognition as Fellow of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists; Eric Nickel, MS, on defending his master’s thesis; postdoctoral fellow, Azucena Rodriguez, PhD; and Tom Karolewski, MA, CP, who completed his master’s degree in Education. 
  • Spring 2011

    This issue features:

    • Updates on the CROR-NURERC collaborative project that helps prosthetists measure outcome and improve quality of care
    • A summary of a prosthetic ankle-foot system that automatically adapts to sloped surfaces, a master’s thesis by Eric Nickel, MS,
    • An article about dual career training in biomedical engineering and prosthetics by Charles Wang, MS
    • Stories that welcome postdoctoral fellow, Oluseeni Komolafe, PhD; congratulate Instrument Maker Dilip Thaker; and appreciate Margaret Parker
    • Reports about NUPOC outreach activities include participation in health professional recruitment for the U.S. Army and NU Career Day for Girls
  • Summer 2011

    This issue features:

    • Recognizing NUPOC’s Educational Models and Research Subjects, R. J. Garrick, PhD, and John Michael, MEd, CPO  
    • Tributes to Educational Models in Orthotics and Prosthetics
    • An article by Samuel Kwak and Stefania Fatone, PhD, evaluates a case study of a bilateral transtibial prosthesis user walking with the NUPOC mechanically adapting prosthetic ankle
  • Autumn 2011

    This issue features:

    • Spinal Motion during Walking in Persons with Transfemoral Amputation With and Without Low Back Pain, Azucena Rodriguez, PhD, et al
    • Information about the NUPOC faculty office, generously presented by Judith Rubin in memory of her late father, David Rubin, MD
    • Meet NIDRR Scholar Shingo Takemoto and research extern Tina Amirtha
    • Stories on public education activities at NUPOC include presentations to the National Student Leadership Conference, the Rush Occupational Therapy program, and visiting researchers from Japan
  • Winter 2010

    This issue features:

    • Remaking the Mauch Hydraulic Ankle, by Felix Starker, Visiting Scholar at NURERC, with Andrew Hansen, PhD, and R. J. Garrick, PhD
    • A welcome to John W. Michael, MEd, CPO, associate director, NUPOC
    • A farewell to Andrew Hansen, PhD, who has transferred to the Minneapolis VA Medical Center
    • A summary of the collaboration of NUPOC graduates with the Range of Motion Project (ROMP) to provide P&O services to Guatemalans
    • A review NURERC’s outreach and dissemination activities educating high school science students about career opportunities in rehabilitation engineering and P&O
  • Spring 2010

    This issue features:

    • An announcement of the merger between NUPRL and NUPOC and the entity’s planned relocation to a new research center
    • Articles featuring awards to NURERC personnel, Stefania Fatone, PhD; Dudley S. Childress, PhD; John Michael, CPO; and Angelika Zissimopoulos, MS
    • Information on NURERC presentations at the 36th American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Scientific Symposium
    • Instructor Jared Howell, CPO, and post-doctoral fellow Pranitha Gottipati, PhD
    • News on collaborative projects in spine research and the first meeting of the NURERC Advisory Panel
    • A spotlight on Science Club of the McCormick Boys and Girls Club; and Eric Nickel, BSc, who emphasizes science mentorship and role modeling for Science Club students
  • Summer 2010

    This issue features:

    • An overview of the historic merger between NUPRL and NUPOC 
    • Practice Makes Perfect, an article about the experiences of P&O clinicians who have used the Orthotics and Prosthetics User Survey (OPUS) in their practice
    • Articles detailing the NURERC presentations at the ISPO Conference, patent applications, and awards; VA-associated activities that support amputee surfing and the fabrication of a surf leg.
    • The article Brian Ruhe: Bioengineer, Prosthetist, Hockey Champ…Gnarly Surfer!, R. J. Garrick, PhD
  • Autumn 2010

    This issue features:

    • NUPOC: Signs of Change, R. J. Garrick, PhD; an article on NUPOC’s successful move and unification of research and education programs
    • A spotlight on the NUPOC Ribbon Cutting and rededication ceremony
    • Information on a major Department of Defense (DoD) research grant awarded to Principal Investigator Stefania Fatone and Co-Investigator Steven A. Gard for the development of a sub-ischial prosthetic socket 
  • Winter 2009

    This issue features:

    • An overview of equipment awarded to laboratory researchers by VA Research and Development, including: Stratasys Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)TM 400mc Rapid Prototyping Machine and the Inspeck Dual Field 3-D Optical Digitizer
    • An introduction of the NeuroCom® Balance Manager® SMART EquiTest® Clinical Research SystemTM and the VA Chicago Laboratory for the Assessment of Balance (VACLAB)
    • An examination of Accidental Falls, their risk assessment and prevention through balance studies, by R. J. Garrick, PhD 
    • Stories on Thomas Karolewski, CP, FAAOP, Director of Prosthetics Education at NUPOC; recent student defenses; and public education activities
  • Spring 2009

    This issue features:

    • Reviews of evidence based practice and outcomes research as systematic efforts to incorporate objective, measureable, standardized data in medical and P&O treatment
    • Insights from Allen Heinemann, PhD, et al., of the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research (CROR), on improving P&O patient care; and Stefania Fatone, PhD, on the initiation and development of Evidence Notes for P&O
    • R. J. Garrick, PhD, recapping the use of Clinical Practice Guidelines at VA/DoD and William B. Johnson, MS, reprising his Thranhardt Lecture about reciprocating gait orthoses (RGOs)
    • Articles about James L. Del Bianco who, under the guidance of Stefania Fatone, PhD, conducted award-winning research about orthoses for Charcot-Marie-Tooth; NURERC participation in Career Day for Women
  • Summer 2009

    This issue features:

    • Overviews of events, including a keynote address delivered by Andrew Hansen, PhD, in Amsterdam; workshops about lower limb orthotics presented by Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons) and Bryan Malas, MHPE, CO, CPed at RIC; and presentations by Steven A. Gard, PhD, Stefania Fatone, PhD,  at the Midwest AAOP meeting
    • Articles by R. J. Garrick, PhD, discuss Dr. Hansen’s visit to The Center for the Intrepid and visits to NURERC by LTC Rachel Evans from The Center for the Intrepid to NURERC and Troy Turner from the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC)
    • News from the VA includes a report on upgrades to software used in VACMARL research; and the value of VA adaptive sports programs to holistic rehabilitation and their connection with the Paralympics
  • Autumn 2009

    This issue features:

    • Excellent Teaching Skills Boost NURERC Outreach, R. J. Garrick, PhD, et al.; an article about the benefits of mentorship in Northwestern University’s Graduate Teaching Certificate Program for Sara Koehler, MS, Lexyne Jackson, MS, and Angelika (Kiki) Zissimopoulos, MS, and their teaching practicum
    • Articles by R. J. Garrick, PhD, one in which she reviews NURERC outreach presentations to the National Youth Leadership Forum Medical Group, the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Science Minors, and the Rush University School of Nursing; and another NURERC interactions with international researchers
    • Articles about student achievements include successful doctoral dissertation defense by Brian L. Ruhe, PhD; and the selection of Sara Koehler, MS, to receive a 2009 Orthotic and Prosthetic Education & Research Foundation award