BADER honors

BADER honors

BADER Consortium affiliate wins prestigious biomechanics award Kenton Kaufman, director of the Scientific Technical Cores for the BADER Consortium, recently received the Borelli Award from the American Society for Biomechanics. “This is the most prestigious honor given by the society, and we’re very proud to have Ken, one of our colleagues, recognized with the Borelli award,” said Steven Stanhope, director of the University of Delaware-led BADER Consortium and professor of kinesiology and applied physiology at UD. Funded by the Department of Defense, BADER is establishing evidence-based orthopedic rehabilitation for wounded warriors so that each patient can reach his or her optimal level of function. The consortium brings together researchers, health professionals, and physicians from more than a dozen organizations across the country. Kaufman is the W. Hall Wendel Jr. Musculoskeletal Research Professor in the Department of Orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The work of his research group focuses on human locomotion, including evaluation and development of mobility aids, improvement of health and performance through exercise, and development of new techniques to improve patient care. Their current research is aimed at improving the rehabilitation of wounded warriors, developing advanced prosthetics and orthotics, improving wheelchair mobility, and developing methods for field-based monitoring of human movement. Kaufman also devotes time to direct patient care. “I am extremely humbled and very honored to have been selected as the Borelli Award recipient by my colleagues in the American Society of Biomechanics,” Kaufman said. The Borelli Award recognizes outstanding career accomplishments in any area of biomechanics. The award is named after Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, a mid-17th century professor of mathematics considered to...
Delaware veteran wins at Invictus

Delaware veteran wins at Invictus

Yesterday marked the start of the first-ever Invictus Games, an international sporting competition for wounded warriors taking place at Olympic Stadium in London, England. And in the first day of competition, Felton, Del., resident Nicholas Dadgostar showed off the power of Team USA, winning a silver medal in the men’s 200 meters, competing against other athletes with single or double amputations below the knee. He also finished fourth in the 100 meters. “So, not a bad day,” Dadgostar, a retired Air Force staff sergeant, posted on Facebook along with a photo of his medal.’ More than 400 athletes from 14 countries – including 98 from the United States – are competing in nine Paralympic-like events, including swimming, track and field, seated volleyball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby. The competition, which runs through Sunday, has drawn accolades from around the globe.  It was organized by Great Britain’s own Prince Harry, who has said he hopes to make the event an international version of the Wounded Warrior games held in the U.S. It’s a surreal experience for Dadgostar, whose right leg was amputated below the knee following an accident in 2009 while on active duty in the Air Force. In addition to competing in track and field, he also is playing on the seated volleyball team. “I’m ecstatic to be part of this. Everybody told me at the time, all the doctors, they said, ‘Don’t expect anything,’” said Dadgostar, 32. “I can do everything I did before.” Dadgostar and his fellow competitors represent an elite group – athletes who have not only served their country, but have recovered from some pretty...
Aiming for optimal function

Aiming for optimal function

Ashly Ash had her right leg amputated when she was 4 years old after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. For much of her life she has used a prosthesis, though it’s been a challenge to find one that’s comfortable and lasting. Now, BADER Consortium and Independence Prosthetics-Orthotics are teaming up to help fit the 29-year-old Pennsylvania woman with a specialized prosthesis that provides optimal function and support for her unique type of limb loss. They are doing it with Oklahoma City prosthetist Jay Martin, who has developed a lightweight hip socket device that gives higher-level amputees like Ash more control and comfort. Martin will help the staff at Independence create a better-fitting prosthesis for Ash. She will be casted and a prosthesis developed from the mold. He also will create a diagnostic socket that should be more aligned to her body. After that, Ash will head to the BADER laboratory on the University of Delaware’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus. There, she will walk on the split-belt instrumented treadmill and have her movements captured and analyzed to test the final product. It’s a complicated task with one extra wrinkle — the entire project is slated to be completed in less than 48 hours. “It’s amazing to me. It’s a huge opportunity,” said Ash, 29, who initially made contact with the BADER Consortium after hearing about it from her aunt, who works at UD. BADER supports orthopedic research to help service members with limb loss or limb difference return to optimal function. It is funded through a $19.7 million Department of Defense grant. Only...
David Tulsky joins University of Delaware

David Tulsky joins University of Delaware

David Tulsky, an expert in outcomes assessment research and measurement of cognitive functioning in individuals with neurological impairment, has joined the faculty in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Delaware. Tulsky, who was formerly Irving Geist Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, will provide support to a broad range of programs including the BADER Consortium and the Center for Translational Research ACCEL Program. “David Tulsky is a very significant hire for the ACCEL program, the University of Delaware, and the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance for our partners in the biomedical community in Delaware,” said Kathleen Matt, dean of UD’s College of Health Sciences and executive director of the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance (DHSA). “David’s expertise in outcomes research will bridge our academic and clinical institutions and will help facilitate translation of interdisciplinary research into diagnostics, evaluation, and interventions that maximize health outcomes in our community. “ Tulsky’s hiring by the Department of Physical Therapyis the first step toward the establishment of a Center for Assessment Research and Translation at UD. “We want to change and improve the way outcomes measurement is being done in medicine and especially in rehabilitation,” Tulsky said. “The University of Delaware offers a fantastic opportunity to really build an entity across multiple colleges and departments.” Stuart Binder-McLeod, director of the ACCEL Program, said Tulsky is a nationally recognized expert in the analysis of clinical outcomes data, particularly for underrepresented populations, including racial minorities and people with physical and neurological disabilities. “We’re really excited to have him here at Delaware to provide assessment tools for a variety of...