BCIT Prosthetic & Orthotic Capstone Project Celebration

On Friday May 13th, 2016 the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics Class of 2016 presented their Capstone Research Projects. The students paired up to explore topics within the field of prosthetics and orthotics and shared their findings with members of the prosthetics and orthotics community, family and friends. 

The evening was a success! Shane Bates and Jeff Wright won the Innovation Challenge Student Applied Research Project awarded by the MAKE+ group for their forward-thinking ideas and prototypes for 3D printing cranial remodelling orthosis for infants. Through this process they had the opportunity to collaborate with engineers in France who are also exploring 3D printing initiatives in prosthetics and orthotics.

Malena and Amanda with Dave Kenyon receiving their award.

Malena and Amanda with Dave Kenyon receiving their award.

Amanda Bremner and Malena Rapaport (who is the newest member of our team here at Barber) were awarded the Dave Kenyon Research Award for best research project. They designed and engaged in a feasibility study that explored whether a investigating the effects of AFOs after chemodenervation and serial casting was possible in a clinical setting. To do this project, they partnered with the Spasticity Clinic in New Westminster, BC. 

As several of us on staff at Barber are also instructors in the BCIT Prosthetics Program, we loved being able to celebrate the graduation of another class!  To all the graduates of this class, best of luck as you begin your residencies and thank you for sharing the findings from your research projects with all of us in the field!


For more information about these projects, click here.  

The presentation topics were as follows: 

  • An investigation of Inertial Effects on a Transtibial Amputee - Gillian Archibald and Roopa Somayaji
  • Effects of dynamic AFOs after chemodenervation and serial casting in adults with acquired brain injury: A feasibility study - Amanda Bremner and Malena Rapaport
  • Using 3D Printing to Design a New Cranial Remodelling Orthosis - Shane Bates and Jeff Wright
  • Will the new Ossur Iceless Seal-In X Adjustable Liner allow higher socket comfort and product satisfaction among transtibial prosthesis users? - Christine Richardson and Patrick Smith
  • Pre and post assessment of a prosthetic and orthotic treatment: A health-related quality of life (QOL) questionnaire using the Orthotics Prosthetics Users’ Survey (OPUS) - Amber Major and Julia Rayner
  • Clinical Perceptions on the use of a Digital Outcome Measures Tool in Prosthetics and Orthotics - Anna Kruithof and Jasmine Slomp