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AOPA announces contenders for the Thranhardt Award

The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association recently announced contenders for the 2016 Thranhardt Award.

The award was launched in memory of Howard R. Thranhardt, CP, in 1996. Contenders will present their research at the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) National Assembly on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, in Boston.

“The Thranhardt lectures are always one of the highlights of the national assembly — it brings together some of the brightest O&P researchers and clinicians. This year’s applicants were especially impressive, and we look forward to announcing the winner,” Chris Nolan, chairman of the AOPA National Assembly planning committee, said in a press release from the organization.

The contenders are Beatrice Janka, MPO, CPO; Gordon Stevens, CPO, LPO; Kenton Kaufman, PhD, PE; and Lauren White, PT, DPT, PCS. Janka is a clinical prosthetist-orthotist and product development engineer for Becker Orthopedic. She will present “The effects of AFO stiffness and alignment on lower extremity kinematics in stroke and multiple sclerosis.”

Beatrice Janka

Beatrice Janka

Gordon Stevens

Gordon Stevens

Stevens is president of Baker O&P in Texas and a previous Thranhardt Award-winner. He will present “Increasing functional independence through prosthetic rehabilitation.”

Kaufman is the W. Hall Wendell Jr. Musculoskeletal Research Professor, biomedical engineering professor and director of the Biomechanics-Motional Analysis Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic. He will present “Functional assessment and satisfaction in K2 transfemoral amputees receiving MPK knees — Initial findings.”

White is a physical therapist with the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury. She also manages the Interdisciplinary Orthotic Clinic at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She will present “Development and implementation of a clinical decision-making algorithm for aiding orthotic prescription for patients with neurological impairments.”

Kenton Kaufman

Kenton Kaufman

Lauren White

Lauren White

 

For more information: Visit www.aopanet.org/education/2016-national-assembly/.

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