little girl with prosthetic limb gets ready to slide down a plastic slide

Gerber awards grant to Center for Pediatric Locomotion Sciences

The College of Education & Human Development’s Center for Pediatric Locomotion Sciences has been awarded a three-year, $281,170 grant from The Gerber Foundation to conduct groundbreaking research on infants and toddlers with limb loss.

Current medical practice delays giving young children with limb loss a working prosthetic knee that bends until they can achieve independent standing and walking on a straight leg that doesn’t bend.

Rather than waiting until that happens – which could take until a child is 3-5 years old – the Center for Pediatric Locomotion Sciences is working with clinicians at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Shreveport to give children knees in the very first prosthesis, even before they’ve learned to crawl.

This approach, called the “Early Knee” protocol, will be the focus of The Gerber Foundation grant funding, according to Mark Geil, College of Education & Human Development assistant professor and the grant’s principal investigator.

“We’re challenging a longstanding standard of care, so this work has the potential to change treatment for kids across the country,” he said.

The Center for Pediatric Locomotion Sciences, established at Georgia State University in 2013, focuses its efforts on improving the lives of children and adolescents with movement disorders. For more information, visit