July 25, 2018 – Charlotte, North Carolina – OPAF intern, Christopher Shallal is a rising sophomore at The Johns Hopkins University majoring in biomedical engineering. A life-long bilateral lower leg amputee, Christopher is extremely motivated to revolutionize the prosthetic field through research that aims to make prostheses more life-like. He works as a research assistant in the Johns Hopkins Neuroengineering and Biomedical Instrumentation Lab, where he is working on a multitude of prosthetic projects. Currently, he is interning at the Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology at the National University of Singapore during the summer, where he is continuing to expand his knowledge on potential new technology for prosthetic application. He also recently presented his team's research at the 40th International Conference for IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology in Honolulu, Hawaii this July.
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About OPAF: Serving as the philanthropic arm of the US orthotic and prosthetic community, the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF), develops, implements, partners and hosts adaptive recreational clinics for those with physical challenges. The First Clinics are recognized as leaders in adaptive recreation. Whether this is the first time a participant is trying an activity after illness, injury or episode or the first time they are ever trying, First Clinics offer top notch adaptive instruction specifically for them. Founded in 1995 to support the Paralympic Games in Atlanta, OPAF & The First Clinics have moved forward to offer introductory level adaptive recreation opportunities to everyone, not just the elite athlete. For more information on OPAF and The First Clinics, visit www.opafonline.org.