OPERF | Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation

OPERF Mission

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) was established to raise the standards of education and research in the O&P profession. Practicing O&P professionals founded the organization to meet the ever-changing needs of the field.

OPERF will award grants to promote research in the profession with the goal of providing the best possible care to patients in need of O&P care. The Foundation will also assist students currently attending or entering O&P education programs by providing competitive grants and awards as they pursue careers as O&P professionals, faculty or researchers in the field.

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Recent Announcements

OPERF Announces 2018 OPERF/ABC
Resident Travel Award Recipient

Diana Pressney, CO, MPO

Diana Pressney, CO, MPO

Bethesda, MD, October 5, 2018 – The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) is pleased to announce that Diana Pressney, CO, has been awarded the 2018 OPERF/American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) Resident Travel Award. Pressney was selected for her National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) residency project titled Effect of Virtual Reality Immersion on Phantom Limb Pain and Phantom Limb Sensation. She will receive a $2,500 cash prize to attend the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy) 2019 Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium in Orlando, Florida, March 6–9, 2019, and present her research.

Currently a resident prosthetist at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago, Pressney completed her orthotic residency at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in 2017.

The OPERF/ABC Resident Travel Award Program supports prosthetic and orthotic residents' travel to the Academy Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium so that they may present their NCOPE directed study report or project. Up to four $2,500 travel awards are given annually.

"OPERF is grateful to ABC for its sponsorship of this award and partnership in investing in future O&P practitioners," said Donald Katz, MHA, CO/L, FAAOP, chair of the OPERF board of directors. "The OPERF board of directors would also like to extend its appreciation to all those who served as clinical and scientific reviewers for this year's submissions. Their guidance and support ensure that all applicants receive constructive feedback to help them grow further in their research interest endeavors."