Funded Research Projects

A key objective of the Consortium is to conduct innovative, high-impact and clinically relevant BADER-funded research studies that lead to sustainable, externally funded research programs.

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BADER Consortium currently is funding eight clinical research projects totaling $7.7 million. They are projected to enroll more than 1,500 wounded armed service members by their completion.

They are:

STEP2STEP

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

Researchers are developing and evaluating the effectiveness of a virtual reality-based training intervention to reduce falls in patients with lower-limb amputations.

Study Team:
Jonathan Dingwell, PhD,
Associate Professor, University of Texas Austin

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,
Director of Spaulding National Running Center

Alison Pruziner, DPT,
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Amanda Wingate
Steve Jamison
Matthew Ruder

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,
Director, University of Delaware Center for Assessment Research and Translation

Marilynn Wyatt, MPT,
Director of the Gait Analysis Laboratory,
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. This study focuses on the sustainable benefits for lower-limb amputees who have been identified as K2 and K3.

Study Team:

Alison Pruziner, DPT,
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

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

Joseph Webster, MD,
Medical Director, VHA Amputation System of Care

Erik Wolf, PhD,
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

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.

Researchers are investigating the optimal stiffness and height of a running-specific prosthesis, using about 40 prostheses in use on a high-speed force treadmill.

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;
Director, Military Performance Lab,
Center for the Intrepid, Brooke Army Medical Center

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

Col. Scott Shaffer, PhD, PT
Lt Col. Kevin Houck, DPT, PT
Maj. Owen Hill, PhD

Outcomes Toolbox

Goal: This project aims to develop a toolbox of outcomes measures to serve as a common data elements across research studies and clinical evaluations. Researchers are studying community reintegration, functional outcomes and quality of life after a major extremity trauma.

Ruck Foot

Goal: Determine the criteria to identify prosthetic foot characteristics that best support physically demanding tasks.

Study Team:
Barri L. Schnall, MPT

Andrew Hansen, PhD

Bradford Hendershot, PhD

Joan Bechtold, PhD