The Henry Wallman prize is an innovation prize in medical technology, which from 2018 will be awarded annually to young researchers or graduate students who, in close collaboration between expertise in technology and health care, successfully have transferred new knowledge from academia to practical medical care. Henry Wallman came to Chalmers in 1948, and was a pioneer in biomedical engineering research and development. The Foundation for Biomedical Engineering (Stiftelsen Medicin och Teknik) at Chalmers is hosting the prize.
This year the foundation decided to give the Henry Wallman prize to a team consisting of Professor Rickard Brånemark, Associate Professor Max Ortiz Catalan and Associate Professor Kerstin Hagberg.
The team demonstrates how a good collaboration between representatives for different competences can combine basic research with surgery, medical engineering, and clinical work to create products and solutions that can benefit a large group of patients. The team has developed a new type of prosthesis for patients with amputations. The new prosthesis is attached to the bone tissue in the amputation stump with an abutment penetrating the skin. The signals from the nervous system that previously went to the intact body part are registered, the patient´s intentions are detected, and the prosthesis is thus controlled. As the team includes rehabilitation in their work, the real-life use of the innovative prosthetic solution is ensured. The latter is also strengthened by the formation of Integrum AB; a company that further develops and markets the results.
When? 11 December, 15:00 – 17:00 (incl. coffee break)
Where? Hjärtats aula, Vita stråket 12, Sahlgrenska University Hospital
15.00-15.10 Introduction and background to the Henry Wallman prize
15.10-15.30 Presentation by Björn Rydevik
15.30-15.45 Presentation by Rickard Brånemark
15.45-16.15 Coffee & cake
16.15-16.30 Presentation by Kerstin Hagberg
16.30-16.45 Presentation by Max Ortiz Catalan
16.45-17.00 Prize ceremony
Björn Rydevik, MD, PhD, is a Senior Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Department of Orthopaedics, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg and the Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Professor Björn Rydevik was head of the Department of Orthopaedics when Rickard Brånemark was in the beginning of exploring osseointegration within the orthopaedics field.