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Keeping up with Upper Limb Prosthetics

Event date: 
24 May 2019 - 4:00pm
Location: 
Wallace Wurth, LG02
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Neuroscience & Non-Communicable Diseases Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr Greg Bowring, Director of Rehabilitation Medicine at The Prince of Wales Hospital

Dr Greg Bowring is the Director of Rehabilitation Medicine at The Prince of Wales Hospital and Conjoint Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of NSW. He is currently President elect of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and chair of the Faculty Policy and Advocacy committee.

He has conducted a lower limb amputee clinic since 1989 and a dedicated upper limb amputee clinic since 2007. He co-ordinates the annual POWH/UNSW Lower Limb and Upper Limb Amputee Management Courses in Sydney. He is the Past President of The Australian National Member Society of the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics.

His particular interest is in upper limb prosthetics, especially improved neural control of myoelectric prostheses.

Synopsis: There have been enormous strides taken in upper limb prosthetics over the past 15 years: The functional capability of the prosthetic ‘hands’ has improved after decades of little real change and that improvement continues apace. Motor control has improved significantly since the advent of Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) which provides additional control sites – especially important for proximal amputees.

Improved processing of inputs through Pattern Recognition promises additional benefit. TMR has offered hope for sensory reintegration and some aspects of pain management. Direct connection to the peripheral nervous system for both motor and sensory function remains the Holy Grail and is looking increasingly possible. If successful this will completely revolutionise the field, ushering in an era of true embodiment of prosthetic limbs.

Direct skeletal attachment through osseointegration offers benefits, especially as the more complex prostheses become heavier. The high cost of commercialised innovation limits deployment outside the compensable sector.

All welcome. Drinks and nibbles from 3:30pm, seminar starts at 4pm.

Enquiries: Ingvars Birznieks i.birznieks@unsw.edu.au, Natasha Kumar natasha.kumar@unsw.edu.au

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