Christopher Hutchison – IC2A Inspirational Lecture
Christopher Hutchison is co-founder and CTO of ProsFit, which provides end-to-end digital solutions for prosthetics provision.
In 2009 Christopher was in an accident which led to amputations of both legs (TT & TF). As a result of this, and working closely with CPOs around the world, he developed in-depth experience and knowledge of prosthetic fitting, especially in relation to sockets. This has allowed him to drive “user-generated innovation” and become a recognised positive “disruptor” in prosthetics.
Centred around the design and delivery of 3D-printed sockets that are regulated and ISO-certified medical devices, ProsFit’s proprietary solutions also integrate component selection, full limb configuration, and bench alignment. This enables low investment, easy-to-use patient care units – PandoPoints – both fixed and mobile. Being digital, these can be deployed anywhere, even in remote and challenging environments.
An economist by training, Christopher is the architect of ProsFit’s technology and business solutions. Prior to the founding ProsFit in Bulgaria in 2013, he built valuable experience in private equity, financial analysis and business development consulting.
Christopher’s IC2A Inspirational Lecture will address his journey after amputation and how we are all moving towards the vision of “Prosthetics for All – Changing Lives through Digital Technologies”.
Dr Alarcos Cieza
Dr Alarcos Cieza oversees the World Health Organization’s work on vision, hearing, disability and rehabilitation in her position of Unit Head, Sensory Functions, Disability and Rehabilitation.
Prior to joining WHO in September 2014, she served as Chair and Professor of Medical Psychology at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. After obtaining her MSc in psychology in Madrid, Spain, she conducted a Master in Public Health and obtained a PhD in Medical Psychology from the Ludwig-Maximillians University in Munich, Germany.
Dr Cieza led the research unit for over ten years at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and then at the Pettenkofer School of Public Health at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany.
Dr Matthew Major
Dr Matthew J. Major, PhD, is an Associate Professor at Northwestern University and a Research Health Scientist at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, USA. He is a faculty member of the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC), where he directs the Prosthetics and Orthotics Rehabilitation Technology Assessment Laboratory (PORTAL). Dr Major’s research focuses on the design and optimization of rehabilitation interventions to enhance mobility and independence of individuals with musculoskeletal or neurological pathology. He serves on the Journal of Prosthetics & Orthotics Editorial Board, the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation Research Committee, and the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics Scientific Committee.
Dr Alex Dickinson
Dr Alex Dickinson is an Associate Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Southampton, United Kingdom. He held a personal Research Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering (2015-20) with which he built a team who work on data technologies to enhance the design and assessment of prosthetic limbs. Trying to improve our understanding of prosthetic socket design, their research involves computational modelling of the residual limb - socket interface, and collection of medical imaging and biophysical data to evaluate the effects of prosthesis-induced mechanical loads upon the residual limb soft tissues. He also leads a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project with partners at Exceed Worldwide (Cambodia) and the University of Salford investigating how digital assessment and design technologies might help enhance access to P&O services in low resourced settings.
Alex lectures undergraduates in Design & Computing and, Structural Analysis, and various Masters-level biomedical engineering courses. He is an active member of the Exceed Research Network, co-founded the People Powered Prosthetics interdisciplinary research group, and is a member of ISPO UK and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He sits on the IMechE's Biomedical Engineering Division board and is Associate Editor (Reviews) for the journal Medical Engineering & Physics.