The University of Southampton

Researchers secure funding for artificial limbs project

Published: 7 February 2018
Accessing prosthetic limbs in some countries remains a challenge.

Engineers at the University of Southampton will improve access to artificial limbs in lower and middle income countries (LMICs) in a new £900,000 project supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund.

The three year project, which will include mentoring from Associate Professor Gary Wills in the Department of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), will carry out studies in Cambodia to develop digital tools that will improve access to prosthetic and orthotic services. Gary will oversee the technical development of distributed database systems for patient records in the project.

The scheme is being funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the National Institute for Health Research, with international partners including ECS spinout BluPoint. Researchers will use the spinout’s offline internet technology to share educational material and help people manage their conditions.

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