Northern Lights: Bright Ideas in Canadian Research - August 2002

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From the Editor


Research lights the way to tomorrow's patient care. Where can you-the O&P professional-learn about the latest in research and technology? One of the best avenues is, of course, professional meetings.

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Introducing Our Newest Advisory Board Member


Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed Pedorthics Séamus Kennedy is the president and co-owner of Hersco Orthotic Labs, Long Island City, New York. He received his degree in mechanical engineering from University College, Dublin, Ireland, in 19...

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Competitive Bidding - Does Anyone Win?
By Mark DeHarde


Co-Chair, Government Relations Committee
National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP)

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Feature

Northern Lights: Bright Ideas in Canadian Research
By Judith Otto


Where are tomorrow's O&P solutions coming from? Judging by recent reports, a number of exciting Canadian research projects may soon be making a difference in the lives of future patients.

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Canadian Research: Outcomes Study Stresses Standardization
By Judith Otto


Nerrolyn Ford, CPO (Aus), PhD, British Columbia Institute ofTechnology (BCIT), Vancouver, is working on a prosthetic outcomesstudy that emphasizes: Standardized assessment and record keeping protocols; The fitting of appropriate devices based upo...

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Delegating Effectively: How To Let Go—and Why
By Jodi Mills


By nature I tend to be a bit of a control freak.At home nothing is quite right unless I've done it myself. I feel asense of accomplishment knowing the job was done right-or at leastmy way. My husband is extremely capable and willing to pitch in.

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Profile

Bill Truppe, CP (c)


Bill Truppe, CP (c) Truppe Health Care London, Ontario,Canada What kind of background did you bring intoO&P? I'm a second-generation practitioner-I just grew up into it. Who influenced you the most in O&P?

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Education Outlook

A Call to Improve Advanced Science Content: Part II
By Edward S. Neumann, PhD, PE, CP


Editor's Note: "The capabilities of any technical profession are highly dependent on the quality of the science underlying it."

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Innovations

New System Speeds Orthotic/Prosthetic Design
By Keith Watson, CPO


A new digital system for lower extremity prosthetic and orthotic design applications factors out almost 100 percent of the subjectivity involved in the design process. Keith Watson, CPO, Fourroux O&P, Huntsville, Alabama, and Vorum Research Corpor...

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Global View

WRF Conducts Workshops in Central Asia


A lead technician (left) at Almaty Rehabilitation Center, Kazakhstan, and Arthur Forman of WRF provide training on fabricating thermo-plastic trans-tibial prostheses. Prosthetist Arthur Forman, World Rehabilitation Fund (WRF) recently spent two mo...

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Salute!

'Challenge Alaska' Opens Door to Recreational Adventure


River rafting is just one of the recreational activities Challenge Alaska provides for persons with disabilities. A 14-year-old boy exploring an abandoned gold mine near Juneau, Alaska, did not know that his life would soon be changed forever. Whe...

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Sports

Elite Athlete Encourages Young Amputees


It's not only his notable athletic prowess that distinguishes Thomas Bourgeois, it's also his commitment to encourage young amputees to push themselves and achieve feats they never thought possible.

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Perspective

The Future of Prosthetics & Orthotics as a Profession: The Greatest Threat Is...?
By Silvia U. Raschke, PhD, CO (c)


The British Columbia Institute of Technology(BCIT), Vancouver, Canada, has recently concluded a visioningreport 3,4 and is in the final stages of carrying out amarket analysis on the fields of prosthetics and orthotics. Inreviewing the results of...

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