Military Amputee Research Program (MARP)
Organizational Award Winner, 2011
The Military Amputee Research Program (MARP) was established to support research initiatives to advance clinical care strategies and technology used to optimize recovery of Service Members after traumatic limb loss, in collaboration with the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at thaw Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC. Due to advances in live-saving technologies in combat theatres, more war fighters are coming home, but with catastrophic injuries and in need of prosthetic limbs; however most of the research of prosthetic limbs in civilian medicine previously focused on older patients who lost limbs due to disease. War fighters coming home had different needs in not only artificial limbs, but rehabilitation techniques as well. MARP was created to coordinate in implement multiple research initiatives to support advances in clinical and rehabilitation strategies, foster advances in prosthetic technology to optimize patient function and develop studies to modeled trends in patient care and recovery after traumatic limb loss. Thanks to the work of MARP wounded war fighters now not only have the ability to lead very active lifestyles, some are even re-deploying and returning overseas to combat theaters.
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