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Clinical Education Program Register or learn more about the 2017 AOPA World Congress at

Tuesday September 5, 2017 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Pre-Conference Education: Flexible Sub-Ischial Vacuum Socket Course

Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO (Hons) Ryan Caldwell, CP/L, FAAOP The Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Vacuum (NU-FlexSIV) Socket, a socket technique designed to improve comfort for persons with transfemoral amputation. The NU-FlexSIV Socket has lower proximal trim lines that do not impinge on the pelvis; is flexible so muscles can move comfortably within the socket as they contract during activity and improve sitting comfort; and is held securely to the residual limb by vacuum pump suction. Using video we will describe patient evaluation, liner selection, casting, rectifications, fitting and definitive fabrication for the NU-FlexSIV Socket. Review use of the clinical algorithm for mold reductions and rectification mapping that has been developed to facilitate decision making for socket fabrication. Clinical case series and formal case studies will be used to evaluate socket function. Socket comfort score, gait analysis, and clinical outcome measures have been used to assess socket performance in a small group of civilian and military amputees. Anecdotal information from previous course participants and results from ongoing research will be described. Tickets are required and are available through registration; space is limited.

Wednesday September 6, 2017 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Concurrent Manufacturers’ Workshops

1:00 – 5:00 PM

Thranhardt Golf Classic

5:30 – 7:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Thursday September 7, 2017 7:00 AM 7:30 – 9:00 AM


Break in Exhibit Hall

• Take advantage of this time to compete in the Technical Fabrication Contest • Meet with exhibitors • View and learn about new products and service offerings from around the world • Participate in Product Preview Theater Presentations • Network with attendees • Enjoy the Walk Through Time—Historical Display • Play the Giant Slot Machine


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Symposium: Future of Prosthetics: Analyzing the Tissue Socket Interface (C1)

Alexander Dickinson, MEng, PhD, CEng MIMechE Hugh Herr, PhD Peter Lee, PhD, BEng (Hon) Ellankavi Ramasamy, MSc Urs Schneider, MD, PhD Join us for an informative symposium as we discuss: • Quantitative Methodology For The Design and Fabrication of Transtibial Sockets • Simulating Lower Extremity Amputee Dynamics Using 3D Finite Element Simulations • Limb Loading In BK Sockets: Simulated Soft Tissue Socket Interaction • Pressure Casting and Residual Limb/Socket Interaction

10:30 AM – 12:10 PM

Free Papers—Improving Outcomes for the Lower Limb Amputee (C2) (The following sessions run consecutively within this program.)

10:30 – 10:38 AM

Comorbidities, Physical Function, and Daily Step Counts Among Adults with a Unilateral Transtibial Amputation who are Using a Prosthetic (C2A)

J. Megan Sions, PhD, DPT, PT Outcome measures and step activity monitors are gaining popularity, objectively evaluating physical function and activity-level among adults using a prosthetic. The lecture will review relationships between objective data and comorbidities, challenging providers to consider medical history when interpreting such data.

10:40 – 10:48 AM

A Novel Auditory Biofeedback System for Improving Amputee Mobility in the Home and Community (C2B)

Vibhor Agrawal, PhD Robert Gailey, PhD This presentation will describe a novel auditory biofeedback system for above-knee amputees. The sensors of this system can automatically identify common gait deviations and provide auditory and musical feedback to users. Results of a clinical study and the efficacy of this device will be discussed.

10:50 – 10:58 AM

General Session (GS1) Opening Ceremony and Keynote address

9:00 – 10:30 AM

10:30 AM – Noon

Selection and Assessment of a Set of Outcome Measures for Electronically Controlled Knee Users (C2C)

Andrea Giovanni Cutti, PhD Outcome measures are essential to evaluate the tailored rehabilitation program needed when fitting electronically-controlled prosthetic knees. We have selected a group of instruments and tested their validity on a group of patients.

11:00 – 11:08 AM

Survey on the Validity of the K-Level System and Utility of Clinical Outcome Measures in K-Level Assignment (C2D)

Dylan Borrenpohl, CPO This presentation highlights relevant challenges faced by clinicians who care for patients with lower-limb loss when operating within the K-Level system of classification and reimbursement.






2017 AOPA World Congress Preliminary Program  
2017 AOPA World Congress Preliminary Program