Research and Development

Important World Health Organisation questionnaire.

Are you an amputee or someone who works with amputees?WHO has launched a survey to identify the 50 top technologies people need worldwide to improve their lives. The survey, issued in the world’s 50 most spoken languages, will use the information gathered to build the WHO Priority Assistive Products List (APL), a tool that will set the standard for the most essential assistive products that must be available in a health system.

The survey is open to all stakeholders, especially current or potential users, their families and organizations. Complete the survey online here:

Please share the survey with your colleagues both service providers and users or potential users.

Man and Machine: a free Biomedical Technology Networking day

Biomedical Technology Networking day with a focus on bio-mechatronic limbs for amputees.  Presentations will show how sensors and microprocessor control systems allow a more subtle integration of human and device movement for amputees walking at different cadences over varied terrain. Read on…. See more info, download directions to the event, see who’s speaking and the schedule of events on our downloads page here…

Bionic Hands – Leading-edge technology for prosthetics

Powered prosthetic digits provide new choice of grip and better look and feel than traditional singular plan movement. Read more…

Heavy duty prosthetic – 3 minute survey

Ethan O’Mahony, a student at Edinburgh Napier university,  as part of his final year project ( Design & fabrication of a heavy duty prosthetic) has set up a survey to gather information on the everyday use of people and their current prosthetics. The survey is open until the 31st of January 2015.

They are very simple questions and no personal information is needed. It would be greatly appreciated. The survey can be found at:

Calling All Adventurous Teenagers

RTÉ is looking for adventurous Transition Students to take part in a show that just may change their lives forever.

RTÉ Young Peoples Programmes, along with Yellow Asylum Films, are looking for people to participate in a forthcoming television series which will follow eight Transition Year students – four able-bodied and four with disabilities – on a life-changing and fun journey to an exotic mystery location. Throughout, they will undertake a number of exciting challenges. They will be trained and fully supervised by a team of experts but they will still need a strong sense of adventure and commitment.

The only qualifications are that you must have an open mind and a desire to test your limits. You’ll also have to be in Transition Year in your school, sixteen years of age or older on January 1st, 2013, have a valid passport and be free, ready and willing to travel at some stage during the Spring of 2013 to a place most people have never even thought of visiting. Those interested just simply need to upload a five-minute video to: the case for why they should to be chosen as one of the lucky eight.

Just tell us a little about yourself in your own way – this is more an audition than a job interview so make your video as lively, moving, funny, or interesting as you wish.

Further information: Moira Lawson (Production Coordinator) 086 – 086 1867

Study of wellbeing of partners of people with an amputation: participants sought

Craig Murray, Trainee Health Psychologist. from Staffordshire University would like to recruit people aged 18 years or over with a partner (wives or husbands, civil partners, boyfriends or girlfriends) who has an amputation. The research aims to examine the experiences for partners. This research is part of my educational studies and I intend to submit the findings for publication once the study is complete. Participants are asked to fill in a questionnaire, which should take between 20-30 minutes. The questionnaire includes questions relating to partners’: degree of involvement in the health care and rehabilitation of your partner, social support available, any negative or positive changes experienced since their partner’s amputation, the relationship they have with their partner.

The findings of this study are intended to provide information about how health professionals can better support people and their partners following amputation. The study has been screened and approved by the Faculty of Health/Faculty of Sciences Ethics Committee at Staffordshire University, UK. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the study prior to deciding whether to advertise the study to your members then please make contact with me via the following email address: If you would like to see the questionnaire it can be viewed at this link: . Craig Murray, Trainee Health Psychologist. Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology. Department of Psychology and Mental Health Faculty of Sciences Staffordshire University College Road. Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2DE e: Twitter account:@amputeeresearch .Facebook account:

Robotic Hand – UCC Engineering Project

James Foody & Karl Maxwell are two final year Electrical & Electronic Engineering students studying in University College Cork, Ireland. For their final year project, their aim is to design and create a low-cost, bionic robotic hand.  They are primarily considering voice recognition as a means of controlling the grasping action of the hand. This can be achieved using an app on devices such as iPhones, android smartphones, tablets, etc.

They are conducting a survey of upper limb amputees and non-amputees with congenital/other defects to gauge interest in such a voice-controlled robotic hand. They would greatly appreciate if you could spare a minute to take this survey by following the link below:

James Foody & Karl Maxwell: If you would like to contact us about this project, please email us at:

Cutting Edge Prosthetic Arms

Putting new limbs in reach of wounded warriors.  Artificial arms and hands that promise giant leaps in limb replacement. See u-tube clip.