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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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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... read more

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... read more

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