Bionic Reconstruction

Limb loss or nerve injuries to the upper limb are challenging engineering and medical problems to solve.

Over the past 7 decades progress has been gradual as individual groups have tackled specific aspects of the overall problem. Recently, rehabilitation doctors, surgeons and engineers have begun working more closely together and have accelerated the use of bionics to reconstruct upper limb loss.

Dr Roche has trained as a bioengineer, scientist and surgeon and focuses on reconstructing upper limb loss using bionics.  His training has included stints at the Center for Bionic Medicine in Chicago and the Bionic Reconstruction Lab in Vienna, where some of the most significant advances in upper limb prosthetic control have been implemented with patients. Currently, Dr Roche is building links across the UK to provide these treatments to local patients, and aims to collaborate across the board to help advance the field.