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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.

  • NUPOC Welcomes Zaki Naqvi

    Zaki Naqvi, NUPOC research volunteer (summer 2017).Zaki Naqvi joined NUPOC as a summer research volunteer working under the supervision of Matthew Major, PhD, on Fall Risk and Prosthetic Influence on Gait Biomechanics in Upper Limb Amputees. Mr. Naqvi will analyze changes in center of mass data obtained from subjects with an upper limb prosthesis during standing balance. Matthew Major, PhD, and Steven A. Gard, PhD, are Principal Investigators of this research project.

    Mr. Naqvi is a rising sophomore at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) where he studies Kinesiology and Economics. He intends to pursue medicine and specialize in musculoskeletal issues. On campus, Mr. Naqvi participates actively in the Indian Student Association and is co-founder of Students Teaching Sales, a club that supports student-initiated entrepreneurism and start-ups.

    As a high school athlete, Mr. Naqvi was captain of his track team, where he experienced repeated injuries. However, his experience as a recipient of physical therapy piqued his interest and set his career goals toward human physiology, anatomy, and musculoskeletal functions. Musical and kinetic, he auditioned and achieved the leadership position Drum Major. In addition, the Deerfield High School District Board of Education awarded him the 2016 John F. Kennedy Medal of Honor for courage in the pursuit of excellence. NUPOC is delighted to welcome Mr. Naqvi.

  • NUPOSS Volunteers at Go-Baby-Go! Workshop

    Twenty-five NUPOSS members of the MPO class of 2018 participated in the Go-Baby-Go! workshop held on June 10, 2017 at the Shriners Hospital for Children (Chicago). The event retrofitted and provided battery-operated cars for 12 toddlers. Parents applied to the program to receive a free car for their children with mobility impairments. The program places a special focus on spina bifida, a congenital condition that may cause paralysis in the lower limbs. 

    Working in teams, volunteers modified the cars by transferring the accelerator control from the foot to the hand to fit the physical ability of each child. This program serves children aged 2 to 5 years old with limited mobility, cognitive age of 12 months or greater and no severe visual disorder. Parents agreed to supervise their children whenever they used the adapted cars. 

  • NUPOC Holds Orientation for MPO 2019

     John Michael welcomes the incoming MPO class of 2019.  Piper Kruse provides hardware directions for incoming class of MPO 2019.

    Class of MPO 2019 tours NUPOC during onsite orientation.NUPOC welcomed the Master of Prosthetics and Orthotics (MPO) class of 2019 to a 3-day, onsite orientation to the MPO program. Annually, NUPOC accepts a maximum of 48 students and the 2019 class filled rapidly, closing with a full cohort of highly qualified and competitive candidates.

    NUPOC and members of the MPO 2018 Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Student Society (NUPOSS) assisted MPO 2019 with important tasks that included tours, introductions, hardware, software and text acquisition, identification protocols, photos, and digital access, information about resources available to NUPOC students, and registration for professional society memberships. John Michael, CPO, MEd, managed the orientation program, and provided opening and closing remarks; John Brinkmann, CPO, MA, FAAOP(D), presented “Expectations of Blended Learning”; and Melinda Thorpe, CPO, presented “Introduction to Online Learning”.

    NUPOSS officers facilitated many aspects of the orientation for MPO 2019 NUPOSS representatives were instrumental in facilitating the orientation program and offered collegial assistance to MPO 2019. NUPOSS members, Bradley Carver, Kierra Falbo, Sydney Graham, Ruth Guiness, Cole Harper, Michael Hoggatt, Terese Jenks, Brandon Jones, Nathan LaPerriere, Kyle Miller, Stephanie Mullen, Morgan Murphy, Sheila Pach, Emily Power, Megan Sech, Christopher Surface, and Brad Wanko.

    Plentiful social opportunities enabled the incoming class to make new collegial relationships. The annual dinner cruise along the Lake Michigan shoreline was a favorite activity and provided an ideal ambiance for forging new acquaintances among faculty and students. MPO 2019 will return to NUPOC for a yearlong clinical practicum that will begin January 2018.

  • Hot Off the Press: POI Features NU-FlexSIV Socket Articles

    NU-FlexSIV Socket articles in POI June 2017Three articles by NUPOC researchers represent about one third of the Original Research Reports published in the June 2017 issue of Prosthetics and Orthotics International. The articles are: (1) Fatone S, Caldwell R (2017) Northwestern University Flexible Subischial Vacuum Socket for Persons with Transfemoral Amputation: Part 1 Description of Technique. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, June; 41(3):237-245. [doi: 10.1177/0309364616685229]. (2) Fatone S, Caldwell R (2017) Northwestern University Flexible Subischial Vacuum Socket for Persons with Transfemoral Amputation: Part 2 Description and Preliminary Evaluation. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, June; 41(3):246-250. [doi: 10.1177/0309364616685230]. (3) Fatone S, Johnson WB, Tran L, Tucker K, Mowrer C, Caldwell R (2017) Quantification of Rectifications for the Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Vacuum (NU-FlexSIV) Socket. Prosthetics Orthotics International, June; 41(3):251-257. [doi: 10.1177/0309364616684165]

  • William Brett Johnson, PhD, Visits NUPOC

    William Brett Johnson, PhDBJ Johnson, PhD, visited NUPOC. Dr. Johnson, a graduate of Northwestern University (MS 2008; PhD 2011), currently is a postdoctoral fellow working under the mentorship of Amos Winter, PhD, in the Global Engineering and Research (GEAR) Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The GEAR lab develops low-cost, high-performance assistive devices and “technological solutions for use in highly constrained environments, including designs for emerging markets and developing countries.” Dr. Johnson and NUPOC researchers met to discuss his recent projects.

  • Fatone and Caldwell Teach NU-FlexSIV Socket Course in Montreal, Canada

    Fatone and Caldwell taught the NU-FlexSIV Socket to 10 prosthetists (Montreal, Canada)Sponsored by OrtoPed ULC (Canada) and hosted by the Institut de Réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay de Montréal, NU-FlexSIV Socket developers Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons), and Ryan Caldwell, CP, FAAOP, taught the NU-FlexSIV Socket Course to 10 prosthetists from Quebec, Canada. The developers frequently have taught the NU-FlexSIV Socket Course to US-based and international prosthetists; this session was notable for being the first course taught to an all-female group of prosthetists. The Quebec prosthetists eagerly engaged with the instructors to learn the NU-FlexSIV Socket technique with the intent of incorporating it into their prosthetics practices in Canada.

  • NUPOC MPO 2018 Students Volunteer at Special Olympics

    Michael Hoggatt and Natalie Pavlov volunteered at the Special Olympics Bowling Competition (Chicago).Michael Hoggatt and Natalie Pavlov, graduate students in the MPO class of 2018, took time to volunteer at the Special Olympics Chicago Bowling Competition on May 20, 2017. In addition to fulfilling the demands of their onsite, clinical practicum, members of the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Student Society (NUPOSS) work pro-actively to further medical knowledge and scholarship, professional development, and effective communication and interpersonal skills.

    Mr. Hoggatt and Ms. Pavlov volunteered at the Special Olympics Bowling Competition in support of the NUPOSS mission of Community Engagement and Service.

  • Fatone and Caldwell to Offer AOPA Pre-Congress Course

    Dr. Fatone instructs CPOs about the Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Vacuum (NU-FlexSIV) Socket   

    Mr. Caldwell instructs CPOs about the Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Vacuum (NU-FlexSIV) Socket Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons), and Ryan Caldwell, CP, FAAOP, developers of the Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Vacuum (NU-FlexSIV) Socket, will offer a comprehensive overview of the Socket during the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) World Congress Pre-Conference Education program scheduled from 1:00 to 5:00 on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. The 2017 AOPA World Congress meets in Las Vegas, NV, on September 5 through 9.

    Dr. Fatone and Mr. Caldwell will use diverse instructional techniques, including video, to train participating CPOs to evaluate patients, select liners, and cast, fit, fabricate and rectify the NU-FlexSIV Socket. Evaluation of NU-FlexSIV Socket function will draw from clinical and formal case studies. NU-FlexSIV Socket performance assessment will use clinical outcome measures, gait analysis, and socket comfort scores for a small group of civilian and military amputees.

    Space is limited and registration is required. At the time of AOPA registration, individuals who wish to attend the NU-FlexSIV Socket course must also register for the Pre-Conference Education: Flexible Sub-Ischial Vacuum Socket Course.  

  • Kierra Falbo Exhibit Opens at NUPOC

    Kierra Falbo (MPO 2018), is showing her oil paints in the NUPOC gallery.At NUPOC, science, technology, and art intersect. In recognition of the artistry that is vital to prosthetics and orthotics, NUPOC is delighted to announce the installation and exhibition of oil paintings by Kierra Falbo. Ms. Falbo paints landscapes and seascapes with a colorful and realistic technique that reflects her love of the out-of-doors and travel.

    Ms. Falbo is a Master of Prosthetics and Orthotics (MPO, class of 2018) student at the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC). She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC). Currently, in addition to her clinical practicum at NUPOC, Ms. Falbo is forging new artistic proficiencies at the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts (Chicago, IL), where she studies sculpture. In the future, she hopes to combine her tandem passions for art and improving lives through prosthetics and orthotics.

    Artists and Certified Prosthetist-Orthotists (CPO) cultivate similar skills. A maxim holds that a good prosthetist-orthotist needs the triad of “head, heart, and hands”. Superior cognitive ability, compassion, and hand skills enable CPOs to serve their patients well. As scientists and clinicians, CPOs are trained rigorously in human anatomy, biomechanics, behavioral sciences, professional issues, practice management, and independent research. They also employ creative artistry that bridges science and technology to fit and fabricate functional, comfortable, wearable prostheses and orthoses.

  • Blatchford Recognizes Fatone Research Team as Finalists

    Dr. Fatone is congratulated as a finalist for the Blatchford Prize by Stephen Blatchford and Rajiv Hanspal, President of ISPO. Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons), and the team that worked on the development of the NU-FlexSIV Socket were finalists for the 2017 ISPO Blatchford Award. The Blatchford Award is conferred on a team that has an outstanding record of innovative achievement in the field of prosthetics and/or orthotics. The six finalists were shortlisted from among sixty-three applicants.

    Dr. Fatone accepted congratulations and recognition for her team that contributed to the Department of Defense-funded research project, Development of Subischial Prosthetic Sockets with Vacuum-Assisted Suspension for Highly Active Persons with Transfemoral Amputations. Principal Investigator Fatone lead the finely tuned team that comprised Ryan Caldwell, CP, FAAOP; R. J. Garrick, PhD; William Brett Johnson, PhD; Matthew Major, PhD; Kerice Tucker, BS; Lilly Tran, MS; and Jason Wilken, PhD. 

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.