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Our Research Activities
The Centre's staff has pioneered and developed a variety of O&P concepts and techniques aimed at improving the quality of life for disabled persons requiring orthotic and prosthetic care. The majority of our research and development projects have been privately funded by the Centre and are coordinated under the direction of our Clinical Director, John N. Billock, C.P.O. Additionally, the majority of our clinically-based research has been possible through the gracious contributions of our patient's who have willingly provided their time and input to advance the level of O&P care for themselves and others. Without their dedicated and willing support, our research activities and accomplishments would not be possible.

The following is a brief review of some of our on-going research activities and projects that are and have been the focus of our attention:
Thermoplastic Orthotic & Prosthetic Design Applications
Goal: Continue to investigate and develop techniques for the application of thermoplastic materials in the design, development and fitting of orthoses and prostheses for the purpose of improving function, durability, fitting comfort, aesthetic appearance and reducing overall weight.
Orthotic and Prosthetic Interface Fitting Techniques
Goal: Continue to investigate and develop advanced orthotic and prosthetic interface fitting techniques to improve function and comfort of total-contact fitting lower limb orthoses and self-suspended upper and lower limb prostheses.
Upper Limb Prosthetic Hybrid Design and Control Concepts
Goal: Continue to investigate and develop advanced clinical and technical concepts for the application of hybrid component design and control systems utilized in the development and fitting of myoelectric (EMG), switch and bowden cable controlled prostheses.
Multi-site, Multi-functional Myoelectric (EMG) Control Concepts
Goal: Continue to investigate and develop advanced clinical and technical concepts for the development of advanced multi-site, multi-functional myoelectric (EMG) control systems and techniques for upper limb orthoses and prostheses.
Multi-functional Multiplexed Myoelectric (EMG) Control Systems
Goal: Continue to investigate and develop advanced myoelectric control systems for the use in the design and development of advanced upper limb prostheses and orthoses, as well as for clinical assessment and training systems for adults and children.
EMG Biofeedback Muscle Re-development and Re-education Techniques
Goal: Continue to investigate and develop advanced clinical techniques and concepts for EMG biofeedback muscle re-development and re-education for the functional control of myoelectrically controlled upper limb prostheses or orthoses for adults and children.
EMG Biofeedback Muscle Assessment and Training Systems
Goal: Continue to investigate and develop advanced assessment and training systems for EMG biofeedback muscle re-development and re-education for achieving functional control for myoelectrically controlled upper limb prostheses or orthoses for adults and children.
Pediatric and Adult Applications of Myoelectrically Controlled Prostheses
Goal: Continue to investigate and develop clinical techniques and procedures which support the early application and efficacy of providing children and adults with myoelectrically controlled prostheses at all levels.
Pediatric and Adult Training Concepts for Myoelectrically Controlled Prostheses
Goal: Continue to investigate and develop clinical techniques and procedures for facilitating the training of children and adults in the functional use and control of myoelectrically controlled prostheses at all levels.
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