OPERF Soliciting Applications for Research Support

Brian J. Hafner, PhD
Brian J. Hafner

CHICAGO — The 2-year-old Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation 2010 Awards Program is accepting applications for various research and education opportunities, according to one of the foundation’s chairs.

Brian J. Hafner, PhD, research committee chair of the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF), told attendees during the opening ceremony of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium, here, that additional opportunities are available within the 2010 program due to the generosity of those who have made donations to the foundation.

“The award program provides funding to support clinically relevant research in orthotics and prosthetics through a three-tier system,” according to the foundation’s Web site operf.org. The three categories are resident travel, fellowship and small grant for investigator-initiated research, according to the Web site. One small grant will be awarded up to $25,000.

At the conclusion of Hafner’s remarks, the AAOP NJ Chapter presented OPERF with a $5,000 donation.

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