Upper Limb



The Special Interest Group for Upper Limb strives to serve as a platform for all involved with persons with upper limb difference (not limited to prosthetists, technicians, rehabilitation specialists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, surgeons, engineers, researchers, students and patients) for further collaboration, and to increase exchange of knowledge. The group can serve as a place to identify common international themes, to share best practices, and to inform the focus for conferences.


  • To create an overview of teams / healthcare professionals involved in the scope of the SIG.
  • To facilitate partnership between members of SIGUL in order to discuss complex treatment-related issues.
  • To create a core outcome set for upper limb prosthetic treatment in order to facilitate international collaboration.
  • To create a knowledge agenda aimed at identifying the obstacles in the field of upper limb treatment. This can help to inform the focus of ISPO related events.
  • To organize at least every two years a joint meeting during the ISPO Int'l World Congress or at other ISPO events.

The SIGUL pages are under development and content will be added in due time. The ‘Members Only’ section is still under construction. The current content of the SIGUL pages is largely based on the work done by the handsmart group. This group and their website do not exist anymore. SIGUL is grateful to be allowed to build the SIGUL website on the endeavors of handsmart.

Ready to join us?

Click on the link below to let us know that you want to get involved with SIGUL. Please note that you must be an ISPO member to join the group. If you are not a member, but want to be on our mailing list for now, you can do that too.

Events & Activities

Recommended regular conferences relating to upper-limb prosthetics and upcoming SIGUL meetings.

Enhancing Skills for Life

16-18 October 2025


On the Members Only subpages, an extensive list of publications related to upper limb difference will be made available in due time.

Manufacturers of upper limb products
Please note: ISPO or SIGUL do not endorse nor approve any information and/or product of these manufacturers

Patient Journey & Treatment Team

No matter whether you are a clinician new to the area, a person with limb absence, a family member, a researcher new to the field, or just generally interested, these pages aim to give you a brief introduction to the people you may encounter, their job roles and the types of devices that may be available.

Need more info?

On our Members Only pages you may find extensive additional information. Please join us!

Our group is happy to answer any of your questions. Please email us at sigul@ispoint.org.

SIGUL Founding Members

Alix Chadwell (UK)
Anniversary Research Fellow in Medicine and Medical Engineer at the University of Southampton, UK. Twitter @AlixChadwell

Corry van der Sluis (Netherlands)
Professor and consultant in rehabilitation medicine at the University Medical Center Groningen,The Netherlands.  Corry van der Sluis | LinkedIn

Dick Plettenburg (Netherlands)
Em. (bio-)Mechanical Engineer at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands;
Em. Director of Delft Institute of Prosthetics and Orthotics

Kengo Ohnishi (Japan)
Professor of Electronic Information and Biomedical Engineering at Tokyo Denki University, Saitama, Japan.

Liselotte Hermansson (Sweden)
Affiliated professor of Occupational Therapy at Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden. ResearchGate

Sandra Ramdial (Canada)
Certified Prosthetist, (Retired) Operations Manager at Holland Bloorview Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, Canada and President-Elect, ISPO.

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