A prosthesis is an artificial device that replaces a missing body part. Technologies are constantly being developed to actively aid or restore movement to individuals suffering from muscular impairments or weakness, neurologic injury, or amputations.
There are a wide variety of prefabricated and custom-made prostheses. Due to modern advances in technology, prostheses are becoming lighter, stronger and more naturally functioning. Technological advances include the ‘energy storing foot’, the ‘microprocessor controlled knee’ and the ‘myo-electric’ (bionic) hand.
Much like a cochlear implant restores auditory function, a vestibular prosthesis restores balance function.
It all started around the kitchen table! Four passionate scientists, Professors Ian McCloskey, Erica Potter, David Burke and Simon Gandevia, founded the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute back in 1991. For a few years, we had asked ourselves the right way to establish a new research centre where we could dedicate our efforts to medical research. It was the focus […]