St Hilda's College
CDT Postgraduate Studentship in Healthcare Innovation
(RCUK Digital Economy Programme grant number EP/G036861/1)
An affordable upper limb prosthesis for India (PURAK)
The innovative design of an affordable prosthesis is just the start of a programme to introduce a new device to enhance the abilities of the poorest amputees in India. Engineering innovation alone is insufficient to overcome the barriers to sustainable adoption of new technology. This project aims to evaluate and maximise the advantage of a new design of upper limb prosthesis over existing solutions. This will require basic experimental work, data from a linked market research project, and also extensive interaction with the clinical providers of upper limb prostheses to the poor in India.