What Has COPL Done to Advance Its Mission?

COPL’s first project was to independently evaluate various grant proposals to support new O&P research that were submitted in response to an RFP circulated by AOPA. COPL selected the following three proposals, each of which has received a $7,500 grant from AOPA for the 2009-2010 period.

The following projects and awardees were selected by a vote of the entire Board of the new Center, which is comprised of an individual selected from each of eight separate not-for-profit organizations in the orthotics and prosthetics field.

1. “Comparison of Liner-Assisted Suspensions in Transtibial Prosthetics: A Pilot Study,” Robert Kristenberg, Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, Georgia

2. “Estimation of Axis Rotation Position in Non-Articulated Energy Storage and Return Prosthetic Foot-Ankle Mechanisms: Implications for Prosthetic Foot-Ankle Mechanism Efficiency and Motor Control Strategies in Unilateral Transtibial Amputees,” Andrew Sawers, CPO, MSPO, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

3. “Functional Outcomes of a Custom, Energy Harvesting, ‘Bullfrog’ AFO,” Geza Kogler, Ph.D., CO, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, Georgia.

COPL also provides a vehicle for interested parties—companies, foundations, government and others, to commission answers to important research questions via independent research. COPL will set the parameters for research programs, obtain proposals/identify qualified investigators, award and manage grants, and assist in evaluation and publication of results.

Click here to view a profile of COPL's 2010 work in the August 2010 issue of the O&P Almanac.

COPL announces recommendations for 2010 grants.

 
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