The Northwestern University Prosthetics Research Laboratory (NUPRL) has merged with the Northwestern University Prosthetics Orthotics Center (NUPOC), Chicago, Illinois. For the past 50 years, these two entities have interacted cooperatively with overlapping interests, according to a NUPOC press release. Both missions of education and research will continue to be represented under the single name of NUPOC and at a new location adjacent to the Northwestern University (NU) Chicago campus.
The NUPRL and NUPOC merger is “the first stage in developing new opportunities for collaborative education and research in P&O,” NUPOC said in its press release. “NUPOC’s suite is designed to accommodate growth as it initiates a master’s degree in prosthetics and orthotics.”
NUPOC’s new home features enhanced facilities for both P&O education and research, including the expanded Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Chicago Motion Analysis Research Laboratory (VACMARL), research laboratories, a smart classroom that is equipped for distance and on-site learning, conference rooms, and offices for faculty, staff, and researchers.