September 2011

Awards for young O&P researchers will debut at AOPA national assembly

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association was scheduled to announce the inaugural winners of two new awards recognizing outstanding O&P research at its 2011 National Assembly on September 19-22 in Las Vegas. Undergraduate and graduate students in O&P programs and residents at qualified patient care facilities submitted abstracts, which were evaluated by an independent committee that chose one winner each from the orthotic and prosthetic categories.

Troy, MI-based Becker Orthopedic contributed the endowment for the establishment of the Lucille Becker Award and Mt. Sterling, OH-based prosthetic manufacturer WillowWood fund­ed the Kathryn Arbogast Award.

“AOPA is honored that Becker Orthopedic and WillowWood have selected the National Assembly as a forum in which the legacies of two iconic families in the O&P community will be remembered and celebrated through acknowledgement of new and emerging  research talent in our profession,” said AOPA President Tom DiBello, CO, FAAOP.

Both awards will be regular fea­tures at the annual AOPA assemblies.

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