Christoffer Lindhe - Momentum Sweden

Christoffer Lindhe – IC2A Inspirational Lecture

Momentum Sweden,
IC2A, Lindhe Xtend,
Halmstad, Sweden

Christoffer Lindhe is a triple amputee, a former Paralympian swimmer and the founder of his own prosthetic company Lindhe Xtend, based in his home country of Sweden.

At the age of 17, Christoffer lost both his legs as well as his left arm in a train accident. After experiencing this trauma, focusing on competitive swimming gave him something to work for and became so much more meaningful than athletics.

By engaging with the amputee community and becoming an advocate for them, he found a real purpose in life. After gaining a master’s degree in product development engineering, Christoffer decided to start his own company making user-friendly prosthetics, employing his own experience to drive change in everyday life for himself as well as for other amputees.

With his #4 ranked YouTube channel about life as an amputee, Christoffer provides tremendous inspiration to countless people as he shares his personal experiences with the global limb-loss community. Christoffer founded the AmpisLiv Association in Sweden, which recently merged with Momentum in Norway. Both organisations are members of the international umbrella organisation IC2A and strong supporters of those living with limb-loss. Last year Christoffer also became a member of the board at IC2A

Han Houdijk - Professor of Clinical Movement Sciences

Han Houdijk

Professor of Clinical Movement Sciences,
University Medical Center Groningen,
University of Groningen, Groningen,
The Netherlands

Han Houdijk is a professor of clinical movement sciences at the University Medical Center and the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He leads the rehabilitation section of the Department of Human Movement Sciences and is head of the Smart Movements research programme.

Han initially trained as a physical therapist. He continued his education as a human movement scientist at the Vrije University Amsterdam, hoping to satisfy his curiosity about the complex elegance of the human movement system by finding out more not only about how it allows us to perform normal daily tasks but also what happens when this system is pathologically affected.

As a human movement scientist, he takes a theoretical approach and combines models from the fields of biomechanics, exercise physiology and motor control to understand the performance of the human movement system in both a healthy and a pathological state. The main focus of his research is to understand and restore the walking ability of various patient populations with a strong emphasis on the use of assistive technology.

Han Houdijk has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He actively translates his research findings into clinical practice amongst others as a current member and past president of ISPO-NL and co-initiator of the newly founded Academic Workplace for Prosthetic Use (ProtheseAcademie) funded by the Dutch Medical Science Research Council.

Chapal Khasnabis - Senior Advisor, Assistive Technology

Chapal Khasnabis

Senior Advisor,
Assistive Technology,
Asian Development Bank,
Geneva, Switzerland

Chapal Khasnabis is a trained prosthetist and orthotist who began his professional career in 1979 working at the Ministry of Health and then at the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. In 1994, he founded Mobility India in Bangalore, a resource centre for the Global South.

In 2003, Chapal moved to the World Health Organization to promote prosthetics / orthotics and community-based rehabilitation (CBR) services. While working at the WHO, he developed guidelines, standards and tools for training in prosthetics and orthotics, guidelines and training packages for wheelchairs, CBR guidelines and several other important documents related to disability, rehabilitation and assistive technology.

In 2013, sensing the growing need for assistive medical devices, particularly in the ageing population, he moved to the Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products within the WHO and developed a worldwide programme entitled “Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology” (GATE).

In 2018, Chapal founded the ATscale Global Partnership for Assistive Technology and in May 2022, he published the first WHO-UNICEF Global Report on Assistive Technology.

On 31 January 2023, Chapal Khasnabis retired from his position as head of the Access to Assistive Technology and Medical Devices Unit at the World Health Organization in Geneva and now works as a senior advisor for the Asian Development Bank to promote the assistive technology industry in Asia and beyond.

Silvestro Micera - Professor of Bioelectronics

Silvestro Micera

Professor of Bioelectronics,
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna,
Pisa, Italy and
Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Translational NeuroEngineering,
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne,
Lausanne, Switzerland

Silvestro Micera is currently a professor of bioelectronics at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA, Pisa, Italy) and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland) where he holds the Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Translational NeuroEngineering. He received a university degree (Laurea) in electrical engineering from the University of Pisa in 1996, and a PhD in biomedical engineering from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, in 2000. From 2000 to 2009, he was an assistant professor of biorobotics at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.

In 2007 he won a Fulbright scholarship to study as a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, USA. From 2008 to 2011 he led the neuroprosthesis control group and was a group leader at the Institute for Automation, ETH Zurich, CH. The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society presented him with the “Early Career Achievement Award” in 2009 and the “Technical Achievement Award” in 2021.

Prof. Dr Micera’s research interests include the development of neuroprostheses based on the use of implantable neural interfaces with the central and peripheral nervous systems to restore sensory and motor functions in persons with disabilities.

He is the author of more than 400 WoS peer-reviewed papers and holds several international patents. He is also a member of several editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals in the fields of biomedical and neural engineering.

Paula Rushton - Associate Professor and Director

Paula Rushton

Associate Professor and Director,
School of Occupational Therapy,
Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Paula Rushton is an associate professor and director at the School of Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

She completed her Master of Clinical Science in occupational therapy at the University of Western Ontario (1999), a PhD in rehabilitation sciences at the University of British Columbia (2010) and postdoctoral training at the Université de Montréal in Biomedical Sciences (2014). Her research focuses on assessment, intervention, knowledge translation, and education related to improving the wheeled mobility of children, adults, and older adults through an improved wheelchair service provision process.

Regarding knowledge translation, assessment and intervention, Rushton is an expert in wheelchair skills and wheelchair confidence.

From an educational perspective, Rushton has been working with the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals to raise the profile of wheelchairs as a topic on the curriculum of university courses for healthcare professionals worldwide.