3DHEALS2018 SPEAKER: Mr. Nick Dechev

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Talk Title & Summary: Providing 3D Printed Hand Prosthesis for Amputees in Low-Income Countries-
Use of 3D printing, 3D scanning and 3D computer aided design technology for provision of upper-limb prosthetic devices to amputees in low-to-middle income countries. Victoria Hand Project engineers create novel upper-limb prosthesis designs at our base in Victoria, Canada. Those designs are then deployed worldwide, using our scalable approach to produce customized prostheses directly within the countries where they are needed.  We provide equipment and on-ground training for our LMIC partners (print staff and clinical professionals).  With the Victoria Hand, amputees can regain function, improve their quality of life, and may have better access to employment opportunities. 
 
Nick Dechev received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 2004, and joined the University of Victoria in 2005.  He is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering, and is presently Director of the Biomedical Engineering Program. Dr. Dechev’s research program involves biomedical system design with application areas centered on advanced hand prosthesis and bio-sensor design.  These areas include: 3D printing of hand prosthesis, implantable sensor design for acquisition of bio-signals, and wireless power transfer technology for implantable sensors. These projects aim at developing better methods for the control of advanced hand prosthesis.  He is also the Executive Director of the Victoria Hand Project, a non-profit dedicated to providing hand prosthesis to amputees in need in developing countries.
 
Mr. Dechev will be a speaker at 3DHEALS2018.

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