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Obtaining the highest level of function is the BADER Consortium’s desired care outcome for every wounded service member with traumatic orthopaedic injury.


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Hip disartic amputee receives better functioning with new prosthetic


Why We Do This…

The BADER Consortium aims to help today’s wounded soldiers not only recover from their limb injuries but live a life as full as possible.

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Named after Royal Air Force fighter pilot Sir Douglas Bader, who lost both legs in a plane crash but went on to shoot down 22 German planes and attempt multiple escapes as a POW during World War II.

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Raising the Bar: Extremity Trauma Care

For the second time this year, the BADER Consortium has partnered with military health organizations to produce a supplement to Military Medicine, the International Journal of AMSUS.


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“BADER is central to the ARCs’ research capabilities and current efforts.”

– Defense Health Board, “Sustainment and Advancement of Amputee Care”, Presented February 11, 2015

Even as our wars overseas wind down, U.S. soldiers and veterans wounded in combat continue to seek a high quality of life. The overarching goal of the BADER Consortium is to advance and strengthen evidence-based orthopaedic rehabilitation care to improve the lives of these wounded warriors and to optimize their functional outcomes after combat and combat-related musculoskeletal injuries.

By supporting the clinical rehabilitation-intensive culture across four Department of Defense Military Treatment Facilities and among affiliates across the country, the Consortium seeks to move research and clinical trials forward.

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AMSUS 2015

Members of the BADER Consortium are in San Antonio, Tex., this week for the 2015 AMSUS Continuing Education meeting, where federal and military health professionals are discussing how healthcare is flexing to meet the changing needs of its patients. The conference features top leadership from the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Defense Health Agency and others talking about health and scientific issues under the theme, “The New Normal.” AMSUS is a non-profit organization for federal and international health professionals that helps advance healthcare knowledge and effectiveness among its members. It includes the uniformed services along with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. David Shulkin, Under Secretary of Health for the VA, will provide an update on the current and future state of the VA and also describe his vision for veterans’ healthcare. Medical and clinical operations, global health, and military health system updates are among the educational tracks. In addition, BADER Consortium is co-sponsoring the WARRIOR Symposium, a preliminary session that will be held from 1-5:30 p.m. today. The symposium will discuss rehabilitation needs for servicemembers and civilians following amputations or extremity trauma. WARRIOR stands for WARfighters Receiving Innovative Orthopedic Rehabilitation. The symposium is intended to offer a comprehensive look at the issue of orthopedic rehabilitation, from a military and civilian perspective. It will include a discussion of the findings of the Defense Health Board report issued earlier this year, which made recommendations for the sustainment and advancement of amputee care. Participants in the WARRIOR Symposium include Vice Admiral Raquel Bono, MD, director of the Defense Health Agency, discussing the “Roadmap for Change;” Maj. Gen. George Anderson,... read more

Anahid’s Story

There are students who are passionate about their studies. And then there is Anahid Ebrahimi. The University of Delaware grad student exudes an enthusiasm for her research that’s hard to miss, much like her ever-present smile. From her work in the BADER Lab at the University of Delaware’s Health Sciences Complex to the time she spends with her UD faculty advisors, Ebrahimi is focused on applying what’s she learned in the classroom to improve the lives of others. It’s no wonder why Ebrahimi was recently selected as the recipient of the Graduate Student Achievement Award by UD’s Mechanical Engineering Department faculty. She also was chosen for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, a recognition awarded to only 2,000 students from among more than 16,000 applicants. “Ana clearly illustrates what is possible as a graduate researcher,” said Dr. Steven J. Stanhope, director of the BADER Consortium and one of Ebrahimi’s co-advisors. “She not only raises the bar, but inspires others.” In her research, Ebrahimi analyzes the mechanics of unimpaired individuals, as well as those with lower-limb amputations, walking under varying gait intensities. She is co-advised by Stanhope and Jill Higginson, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She’s been interested in body mechanics from an early age. “Growing up as a competitive gymnast, I was captivated by the small movement adaptations that could drastically improve human performance,” she said. “During my undergraduate education, I recognized the gap in our understanding of the mechanisms of musculoskeletal adaptations. Through my graduate research, I seek to expand our scientific understanding of locomotion biomechanics and disseminate this new knowledge to help... read more

A Tutorial on Casting

A Tutorial on Casting: UD Orthotics and Prosthetics Club hosts casting workshop The University of Delaware’s Orthotics and Prosthetics Club casts a unique vision to inspire its members. Last month, the club learned how to cast prosthetic limbs during a workshop with staff from Independence Prosthetics Orthotics, one of the BADER Consortium’s partners. The workshop gave students the opportunity to learn from professionals working in the field. The event took place in the University of Delaware’s Integrated Science and Engineering lab, where attendants used their own limbs as models. “They showed us how to properly mark the subject’s limb and then wrap and set the limb in the desired position,” said Bretta Flystra, a senior member and founder of the Orthotics and Prosthetics Club. “All the students had the opportunity to practice on each other to get a hands-on feel for what an orthotics and prosthetics clinician does.” The registered student organization is celebrating its one year anniversary this spring. The club recruits students from various majors, including biomedical engineering, speech pathology, nursing and exercise science. Students come together with the goal of creating opportunities for professional development while learning best practices to help people with limb loss and limb difference. During the workshop, the IPO staff also showed club members what it looks like to be an orthotics and prosthetics clinician on a daily basis. Students tried on different prosthetic devices to get a feel for how artificial joints work with the body to give patients their mobility back.They even got to wear an orthotic with a locking knee joint, an eye-opening experience for Flystra, who learned how... read more

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