The research program at Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC) was founded in 1956 followed by the education program in 1958. The goal of our research is to improve the quality of life for persons who use prostheses (limb replacements) and orthoses (braces/splints) through creative applications of science and engineering to the field of P&O and to disseminate new knowledge in P&O to the public through publications in professional journals, presentations at symposia, webinars and other media. Research strives to improve quantification and objective scientific evidence that informs P&O clinical decision-making; and to develop new concepts and devices that will improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, and delivery of P&O fittings.
Research is funded through competitive grants from agencies that have included the Department of Veteran's Affairs, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the Department of Defense, the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) and private industry grants.
Learn more about our research via the links below.
- Research Projects
Find details on the research being done at NUPOC
- Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) for P&O
Discover the research done at the center through grant funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
- Papers and Presentations
Review the contributions NUPOC has made to the body of knowledge for P&O
- Master's Theses
View a list of master's theses completed by students at NUPOC
- PhD Dissertations
View a list of doctoral dissertations completed at NUPOC
Learn about current projects that need Research Participants, or become an Educational Model.