Engineering limbs: Helping amputees walk in Vietnam
Date: Tuesday March 22
Time: 6:00-7:00pm (refreshments begin at 5:30pm)
Venue: Woodward Conference Centre (Level 10), 185 Pelham Street, Carlton
Over 25 million people in the world need prosthetic orthotic devices, many of whom come from developing countries where access to specialised personnel and services is a major challenge. Demand for artificial limbs is even more urgent in countries where land mines from wars are still prevalent. Professor Peter Lee from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne, will discuss his biomechanical engineering research in developing low-cost artificial limbs, using the Pressure Cast (PCAST) technique, a portable and easy to use prosthetic socket fitting system that requires less technical skill and labour to administer. He will also discuss his experience working with patients and clinics in Vietnam to implement PCAST.
Peter (Vee Sin) Lee is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Professor Lee’s research interests lie in the areas of rehabilitation engineering and biomechanics, specifically the ability to predict and better understand the mechanism of injury, to inform effective prevention strategies. He specialises in biomechanics for lower limb prostheses and orthoses. Professor Lee obtained his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Strathclyde, UK, where he continued his postdoctoral studies. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne, Professor Lee held positions at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Singapore; the Defence Medical and Environmental Research Institute, DSO National Laboratories, Singapore; and the National University of Singapore, Division of Bioengineering.