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VA Deputy Chief of Staff Visits the Center of Excellence

Dr. William Ledoux demonstrates the robotic gait simulator to Mr. Turner and colleagues.

Dr. William Ledoux demonstrates the robotic gait simulator to Mr. Turner and colleagues.

On March 25, 2015, the VA Center of Excellence for Limb Loss Prevention and Prosthetic Engineering welcomed Hughes Turner for a tour of the Center’s facilities and research programs. Mr. Turner is Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and a Veteran of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The purpose of his visit was to learn the successes and challenges faced by researchers studying the rehabilitation of Veterans with limb loss.

Dr. Glenn Klute discusses his development of a prosthetic limb that removes sweat with VA Deputy Chief of Staff Hughes Turner.

Dr. Glenn Klute discusses his development of a prosthetic limb that removes sweat with VA Deputy Chief of Staff Hughes Turner.

Center staff discussed several of their projects with Mr. Turner. Associate Director Dr. Joseph Czerniecki described the breadth of research at the Center and how studies of the psychosocial aspects of limb loss may empower Veteran amputees to take a more active role in their health care and improve outcomes. Dr. Glenn Klute discussed his development of a motor-driven prosthetic foot and ankle that can adapt to the way that an individual user walks. Dr. William Ledoux emphasized that our Center is uniquely positioned to study lower limb function with our expertise in X-ray motion analysis systems, computational foot models, and robotic gait simulation.

Mr. Turner praised the very impressive research at the Center and said he looks forward to reading about it soon.

Mr. Turner praised the very impressive research at the Center and said he looks forward to reading about it soon.

"It is always a pleasure to showcase our talented staff and their cutting edge research," said Center Director Dr. Bruce Sangeorzan. "We are especially pleased to have met Mr. Turner given his military background and his commitment to improving the health care of Veterans." Mr. Turner praised the "very impressive" research at the Center and said he was "looking forward to seeing the results" in the future. The focus of the VA Center of Excellence for Limb Loss Prevention and Prosthetic Engineering is to better understand the function of the lower limb, preserve that function after injury or disease, and restore function after limb loss through better treatment and prosthetics.

Please contact Wesley Edmundson, Administrative Officer, at Wesley.Edmundson@va.gov or 206-764-2991 for more information.