The aim of the rewarded researchers is to develop and clinically implement technologies that restore quality of life for people that has lost a limb. ​Photo: Sahlgrenska University Hospital

Awarded for research in prosthetics

​The 2017 ISPO Brian & Joyce Blatchford Award goes to a team of researchers from Sahlgrenska and Chalmers for their work to restore quality of life after traumatic events that led to loss of extremity, for example the amputation of an arm.
​“I am honored to be part of the team receiving this award”, says Dr. Max Ortiz Catalan. “We are a truly multidisciplinary group, glued together by the same aim: develop and clinically implement technologies that restore quality of life. This prize highlights the importance of osseointegration in prosthetics, and recognizes the pioneering work lead by Dr. Rickard Brånemark to bring this technology into the clinical reality that is today in prosthetics.”

“Decades of ground-breaking research conducted in Sweden are recognized by this award, from overcoming many hurdles to have this technology accepted by the medical world, to our latest osseointegrated interface that allow for neural control of prosthetic limbs”, says Dr. Max Ortiz Catalan.

The awarded project is called “The search for the perfect substitution for a lost extremity”, and the winning team consists of:
  • Dr. Rickard Brånemark, Sahlgrenska University Hospital Gothenburg / University of California, San Francisco
  • Dr. Max Ortiz Catalan, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Dr. Bo Håkansson, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Dr. Örjan Berlin, Sahlgrenska University Hospital Gothenburg

 

Top row, from left: Rickard Brånemark and M ax Ortiz Catalan
Bottom row, from left: Bo Håkansson, Örjan Berlin


The prestigious award entails a prize money of 15,000 EUR for the winning team. The prize will be presented at the ISPO World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa in May 2017.

ISPO is the largest and most important international society for prosthetics, orthotics and rehabilitation engineering. The award is established by the Blatchford family in memory of Mr. Brian Blatchford and Mrs. Joyce Blatchford.
Read more about ISPO, the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics

The research has taken place in Gothenburg, Sweden at:
Sahlgrenska International Care: Bone-Anchored Protheses

Biomechatronics and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory at the Department of Signals and systems, Chalmers University of Technology

For more information, please contact:
Max Ortiz Catalan, Department of Signals and Systems, Chalmers University of Technology
Bo Håkansson, Department of Signals and Systems, Chalmers University of Technology

Page manager Published: Mon 03 Jul 2017.