Call for Papers

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AOPA has announced the call for papers! AOPA is seeking high‐quality educational and research content for the Second O&P World Congress to be held September 6‐9, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

The submission deadline for Clinical, Technical, and Symposia is March 1, 2017. The Business submission deadline was February 1, 2017.

Your submissions will 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

*****NEW FOR 2017*****
AOPA and its partners are pleased to announce that the World Congress Clinical Content committee has arranged to have a selected number of scientific submissions published in a special edition of the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation.   As the content of the clinical education program continues to improve and with a desire to attract increasingly significant and important work, the planning committee has created the special designation of “Presidential Paper” for the top-10 clinical education submissions.

While the Thranhardt Lecture Series will always be considered the Best of the Best—this World Congress designation will only be granted for original research backed by a full manuscript.


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 – This deadline has passed

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.