Call for Papers for the 2nd AOPA World Congress


Gain International Recognition * Advance your Career * Improve Patient Care

AOPA has announced the call for papers for the Second O&P World Congress to be held September 6‐9, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

AOPA is seeking high‐quality educational and research content to set the stage for a broad curriculum of high-value clinical and scientific offerings at the 2017 World Congress. All free paper abstracts for the 2017 World Congress must be submitted electronically. Abstracts submitted by e‐mail or fax will not be considered. All abstracts will be considered for both podium and poster presentations. The review committee will grade each submission via a blind review process, based on the criteria below and reach a decision regarding acceptance of abstracts.

  • Relevance, level of interest in topic
  • Quality of Scientific Content
  • Quality of Clinical Content

Receive a complimentary one-day registration (or 50% credit towards a full conference registration) when your free paper is selected as a podium presentation. Those presenting more than one Podium Free Paper will receive a Full Complimentary registration. Poster Presenters will receive a 40% discount off their full conference registration.

CLINICAL FREE PAPERS – Health care professionals with an interest in Orthotics, Prosthetics, Pedorthics and related fields wishing to present a Free Paper should submit here to have their abstracts considered for presentation at the 2017 World Congress. A model abstract has been provided with additional information here.

The top scoring papers will compete for the prestigious Thranhardt Award. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Microprocessor components
  • Bio-sensors
  • Powered joints (O&P Applications)
  • Socket designs and socket issues
  • Public Health topics related to O&P
  • Osseointegration
  • New and interesting O&P designs and clinical techniques
  • Pediatric O&P
  • Scoliosis
  • Evidence-based practice

SYMPOSIA/INSTRUCTIONAL COURSE If you are interested in organizing a Symposium or Instructional Course, then please submit here.

TECHNICIAN PROGRAM – If you would like your Technical education paper considered for submission in the Technical Track, please submit your paper here. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • CAD and/or CAM applications
  • The role of the technician in the CAD CAM environment
  • The role of the technician in the Additive Manufacturing environment
  • New and Cutting edge fabrication techniques and processes
  • Working with Pre-Preg materials

BUSINESS EDUCATION PROGRAM – Are you a seasoned business professional with significant experience in managing an orthotics and prosthetics patient care or manufacturing business? Share your successes at the AOPA hosted World Congress and compete for the prestigious Sam E. Hamontree Business Education Award. The winner of the Hamontree award will take home $1,000. Learn more or submit your business paper here.

Contact AOPA Headquarters at (571) 431‐0876 or TCarlson@AOPAnet.org with questions about the submission process or the World Congress in general.

Best regards,

Chris Nolan and Anthony Potter
Program Co- Chairpersons
Thomas DiBello, CO, FAAOP
Clinical Content Chairperson

Eileen Levis
Business Program Chairperson
Brad Mattear CPA, CFo
Technical Program Chairperson

Dennis Janisse, CPed
Pedorthic Program Chairperson

The Scientific Program will have the following session formats:

Symposium: Symposia are presentations of related research addressing specific topic or controversies in orthotics and prosthetics or related fields. These symposia should bring together the world’s leading experts and researchers to present current evidence on the subject. The specific format will be determined by the symposia chairperson and when appropriate, may present differing points of view on a topic.

Instructional Course: Instructional Courses are designed to provide a more in-depth overview of a topic and should employ recognized subject matter experts to disseminate techniques, processes or concepts related to treatment of a specific area of practice that are generally accepted as state of the art or current best practice.

Free Paper: A free paper is intended to allow clinicians, scientists and researchers to communicate the results of their work including but not limited to the description of a technique, case study, case series, clinical trial, systematic review, or experiment and is delivered as a podium presentation during the congress. All abstracts will be considered for both podium and poster presentations. The review committee will grade each submission via a blind review process that considers, relevance and level of interest in topic; quality of scientific content and quality of clinical content.

Posters: A poster is intended to allow clinicians, scientists and researchers to communicate the results of their work including but not limited to the description of a technique, case study, case series, clinical trial, systematic reviewed and scored by a review committee that considers relevance, level of interest in topic; quality review, or experiment and is delivered as a poster presentation during the congress. All abstracts will be considered for both podium and poster presentations. The review committee will grade each submission via a blind review process that considers, relevance and level of interest in topic; quality of scientific content and quality of clinical content.

Contact AOPA Headquarters at 571/431-0876 or TCarlson@AOPAnet.org with questions about the submission process or the World Congress in general.