AMSUS 2015

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,...
Anahid’s Story

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...
A Tutorial on Casting

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...
Student veterans

Student veterans

New webpage organizes information on support, services for student veterans at UD University of Delaware student veterans, current members of the military and those who support them now are able to visit the new Student Veterans and Service Members webpage on the University’s site. Recognition of the need for such a webpage arose from discussions in the Campus Veterans Working Group, a team of staff members and students committed to more effectively serving these important members of the UD community, an effort organized by the Office of the Dean of Students. This new site provides a one-stop landing page for students who have served in the military — and those who currently serve — at every step of their educational journey. Links to key resources, many tailored specifically for those who serve, are gathered in one place, including information on navigating rules and regulations and links to information on academic, financial and personal support on campus, in the community and beyond. These links are organized for quick retrieval of important information: Applying to UD Managing the transition to UD Resources for Current Student Veterans Resources for Faculty and Staff Supporting Student Veterans Additional Resources for Veterans and their Families With assistance from members of the Blue Hen Veterans registered student organization, members of the Campus Veterans Working Group developed the page, which was implemented by Jeff Chase, senior art director in Communications and Public Affairs. “The initiation of the Student Veteran page signals the University’s strong commitment to the veterans in our midst and will assist the UD community in developing an ever-stronger support system for military veterans who...
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...