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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.


BADER Clinic Activity

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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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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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