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    Sophie de Oliveira Barata

    The Alternative Limb Project was founded by Sophie de Oliveira Barata, using the unique medium of prosthetics to create highly stylised wearable art pieces.

    Merging the latest technology with traditional crafts, Sophie’s creations explore themes of body image, modification, evolution and transhumanism, whilst promoting positive conversations around disability and celebrating body diversity.

    Sophie collaborates with specialists in fields such as 3D modelling, electronics, and cutting edge technology to create each piece. Clients have included Paralympic athletes, music performers, models and video game companies.

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    Dr. Alarcos Cieza

    Dr Alarcos Cieza is the Coordinator, Blindness and Deafness Prevention, Disability and Rehabilitation at World Health Organisation (WHO).

    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 and led the research unit 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 Cieza oversees WHO’s work on vision, hearing, rehabilitation and disability. This includes the implementation of the Disability Action Plan 2014-2021.

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    Dr. Matthew Major

    Dr. Matthew J. Major, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Department of Biomedical Engineering 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 instructs for the Master of Prosthetics and Orthotics clinical education program and manages 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. His research activities include development of user-centered prosthetic devices, and investigations on locomotor stability and postural control of prosthesis and orthosis users. 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.

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