Research Projects

The Bridging Advanced Developments for Exceptional Rehabilitation (BADER) Consortium was not just about conducting research projects; it’s central focus was returning injured service members to their optimal levels of performance. Multi-disciplinary teams of researchers and clinicians at the study sites identified rehabilitation challenges and the research projects emerged naturally.

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BADER Consortium funded eight clinical research projects totaling $7.7 million.

They were:

STEP2STEP

Goal: Improve the dynamic walking stability in traumatic lower-limb amputees.

Study Team:

Jonathan Dingwell, PhD
Penn State University

Jason M. Wilken, PhD
University of Iowa

RETRAIN

Goal: Help subjects return to a high level of performance through walk-to-run training with real-time kinetic feedback.

Study Team:

Irene Davis, PhD
Spaulding National Running Center

Alison Pruziner, DPT
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Trauma Outcomes

Goal: A qualitative study of patient-reported outcomes measures in people with major limb trauma to measure their level of recovery.

Study Team:

David Tulsky, PhD
University of Delaware Center for Assessment Research and Translation

Marilynn Wyatt, MPT
Naval Medical Center, San Diego

Jason Wilken, PhD
University of Iowa

K2 Power

Goal: Identify differences in gait, efficiency, function and quality of life between using a standard passive prosthesis versus a powered BiOM ankle prosthesis for lower-limb amputees who have been identified as K2 or K3.

Study Team:

Alison Pruziner, DPT
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

David Tulsky, PhD
University of Delaware Center for Assessment Research and Translation

Joseph Webster, MD
VHA Amputation System of Care

ProLegRx

Goal: Seek a science-based method for prescribing running-specific leg prosthesis for soldiers and veterans with transtibial amputations to optimize sprinting and running performance.

Study Team:

Alena Grabowski, PhD
University of Colorado Boulder Applied Biomechanics Lab

Rodger Kram, PhD
University of Colorado Boulder Locomotion Laboratory

MORE (Maximizing Outpatient Rehabilitation Effectiveness)

Goal: Assess rehabilitation outcomes in the clinical environment to support evidence-based practice in military treatment facilities.

Study Team:

Jason Wilken, PhD
University of Iowa

David Tulsky, PhD
University of Delaware Center for Assessment Research and Translation

Amy Bowles, MD
Brooke Army Medical Center

Outcomes Toolbox

Goal: Develop a toolbox of outcomes measures to serve as common data elements across research studies and clinical evaluations.

Study Team:

David Tulsky, PhD
University of Delaware Center for Assessment Research and Translation

Jerry Slotkin, PhD
University of Delaware Center for Assessment Research and Translation

Callie Tyner, PhD
University of Delaware Center for Assessment Research and Translation

Aaron Boulton, PhD
University of Delaware Center for Assessment Research and Translation

Ruck Foot

Goal: Determine the criteria for identifying prosthetic foot characteristics that best support physically demanding tasks.

Study Team:

Barri L. Schnall, MPT
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Andrew Hansen PhD
Minneapolis VA Health Care System

Bradford Hendershot, PhD
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Joan Bechtold, PhD
Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation

BADER Consortium supported 85 military clinical research projects.

PBPT Carrier

Goal: Determine the effect of psychologically based physical therapy (PBPT) to address maladaptive beliefs and increase self-efficacy of deployed service members aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier.

Study PI:

Sherri Weiser, PhD
Occupational and Industrial Orthopedics Center, New York Hospital for Joint Diseases