September 18, 2008

Georgia Tech Awarded $600K Grant

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Rob Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP,
Rob Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP,

The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) Master of Science in Prosthetics & Orthotics (MSPO) Program in the School of Applied Physiology has been awarded a $600,000 research grant to determine the feasibility of creating dynamic prosthetic-limb sockets through the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data, computer aided design (CAD) software, finite element analysis, and instrumented gait analysis. The two-year grant, titled "Medical Image Generated Dynamic Prosthetic Sockets," was funded by the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) and sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

According to Georgia Tech, Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP, the prosthetics coordinator for the MSPO program, will serve as the principal investigator. Co-researchers in what Georgia Tech calls "this collaborative effort" will include members of multiple disciplines and departments at the university, including Young Hui Chang, PhD (the school of applied physiology); Erian Armanios, PhD and Samer Tawfik, PhD (the school of aerospace engineering), and Shayne Kondor (the Georgia Tech Research Institute). Also included will be Michael Terk, MD, of the Emory University Department of Radiology.

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