According to an Amputee Coalition news release, the Manassas, Va-based Coalition’s Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee (SciMAC) recently added new members Troy Turner, David Dunville, and Stella Sieber to its existing 12-member committee. SciMac was created as a resource to the nonprofit organization, designed to provide clinical and scientific expertise in the development, implementation, and evaluation of Coalition programs, research, and policy initiatives. The new members will begin their 3-year term on the committee beginning August 2012, the release reports. 

The Coalition notes that Turner is the research portfolio manager for Advanced Prosthetics and Neural Engineering at the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) for the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. Sieber is an Amputee Coalition-certified peer visitor trainer and a Promoting Amputee Life Skills (PALS) trainer. Sieber also serves as a support group leader for the Triangle Amputee Support (TAS) Devils in Durham, NC. Dunville is also an Amputee Coalition-certified peer visitor and works as an amputee support coordinator for H-Care, Hurley/Benson’s Medical Equipment, Inc. Dunville is also president of the Amputee Firefighters Association, the Coalition adds.

Existing member Charlie Steele will reportedly be stepping down from the committee, as his term has expired, but will continue to serve on the Coalition’s board of directors.

Kendra Calhoun, Amputee Coalition president and CEO, articulates the organization’s excitement in adding three new members to the committee, “The depth of their backgrounds and expertise will prove invaluable to the Coalition. I also would like to thank Charlie for his dedication and years of service to SciMAC. His continued support and passion for the Coalition’s mission is greatly appreciated,” Calhoun says.

The release reports that in their new roles, Sieber and Dunville will each serve as consumer representatives. Turner will share his expertise as a military and prosthetics research representative.

Sieber adds that it is her, “…sincere hope that as part of the SciMAC we can improve the lives of amputees by informing, education, supporting, and empowering them and their healthcare teams to lead healthy and productive lives.”

Source: Amputee Coalition