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Monday 25 March 2019   (0 Comments)
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Keynote speaker Max Ortiz Catalan talks about his work in the prosthetic field and what he will present at ISPO World Congress 2019.

What does it mean to you holding a keynote lecture at the ISPO World Congress?

It's a great honor to host a lecture at the ISPO World Congress as the biggest and most important forum on prosthetics and orthotics in the world. I'm excited to talk about our latest achievements on the clinical implementation of highly integrated prosthetic limbs and the future ahead, as well as on a novel treatment for phantom limb pain which has shown positive results in patients for whom available treatments failed.

What can participants expect from your keynote lecture?

I will present the latest prosthetic technologies with particular focus on the clinical implementation of our osseo-neuromuscular prosthetic system. Interfacing the neuromuscular system to provide intuitive prosthetic control and sensory feedback has been long thought as the optimal limb replacement. Our osseo-neuromuscular interface allowed for the first time that implanted electrodes on nerves and muscles are used to control a prosthetic arm while also providing sensory feedback in daily life and outside control environments such as research laboratories. I will talk about how combining the latest surgical techniques with engineering developments can considerable increase prosthetic function. I will also present clinical outcomes on a novel treatment for phantom limb pain which has shown positive results in patients for whom available treatments failed.

What were the reasons that made you specialise in your field of practice?

I started my career working in automation for the manufacturing industry, but I soon realized that that ultimate purpose of that job wasn't fulfilling enough for me. I then decided to quit and obtained a postgraduate degree in science, from which I continue into research in biomedical engineering. I've been working in prosthetics for almost 10 years, and it has been an amazing journey full of rewarding moments developing technology that help others and matter to people.

Register for the ISPO World Congress 2019 here.