OrthoCare Innovations Receives NIH Award

OrthoCare Innovations Receives NIH Award

David Boone, CP, MPH, PhD
David Boone

OrthoCare Innovations was awarded the Phase II National Institutes of Health (NIH) $750,000 competitive research award through the Small Business Innovative Research Program. This award is co-founded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD). The award was made by the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR), a center within the National Institute of Child and Human Development.

The focus of this award, robotic prosthetic alignment system, will be to build on previously funded work in the area of prosthetic alignment to develop a novel, self-aligning device component. This work offers the potential for a universally applicable component that will dramatically alter the functionality of lower limb prosthetics.

“The inert, static prosthetic devices of today are a source of frustration and dissatisfaction for many patients. Too often, patients must adapt to their prosthesis, rather than the prosthesis adjusting to meet the needs of its user,” Doug McCormack, chief executive officer of OrthoCare Innovations, said in a company press release. “We are very pleased to enjoy the ongoing support of all the NIH for our work in conjunction with Oak Ridge Laboratories to develop this potentially game changing adaptive system.”

David Boone, CP, MPH, PhD, OrthoCare chief technology officer, will serve as the principal investigator on the initiative.

Research Grant Awarded to Georgia Tech Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics Program

The Georgia Tech Master of Science in Prosthetics & Orthotics (MSPO) Program in the School of Applied Physiology has been awarded a $600,000 research grant entitled, Medical Image Generated Dynamic Prosthetic Sockets. The project is funded by the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) and sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP, the prosthetics coordinator for the MSPO program, will serve as the principal investigator for this collaborative effort which includes Young Hui Chang, PhD of the School of Applied Physiology at Georgia Tech, Erian Armanios, PhD and Samer Tawfik, PhD of the School of Aerospace Engineering, Shayne Kondor of the Georgia Tech Research Institute and Michael Terk, MD of the department of radiology at Emory University. According to a press release, the two-year project will determine the feasibility of creating dynamic prosthetic limb sockets utilizing magnetic resonance imaging data, computer aided design software, finite element analysis and instrumented gait analysis.

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