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Dexterous Transradial Osseointegrated Prosthesis with neural control and sensory feedback

Dexterous Transradial Osseointegrated Prosthesis with neural control and sensory feedback

Objective

This project addresses the scientific, technological and clinical problem of recovery of hand function after amputation. Despite decades of research and development on artificial limbs and neural interfaces, amputees continue to use technology for powered prostheses developed over 40 years ago, namely myoelectric prostheses controlled via superficial electrodes. These devices do not purposely provide sensory feedback and are known for their poor functionality, controllability and sensory feedback, mainly due to the use of surface electrodes.

The consortium has pioneered the use of osseointegration as a long-term stable solution for the direct skeletal attachment of limb prostheses. This technology aside from providing an efficient mechanical coupling, which on its own has shown to improve prosthesis functionality and the patient’s quality of life, can also be used as a bidirectional communication interface between implanted electrodes and the prosthetic arm. This is today the most advanced and unique technique for bidirectional neuromuscular interfacing, suited for the upper limb amputees, which was proven functional in the long term.
The goal of the DeTOP project is to push the boundaries of this technology –made in Europe– to the next TRL and to make it clinically available to the largest population of upper limb amputees, namely transradial amputees. This objective will be targeted by developing a novel prosthetic hand with improved functionality, smart mechatronic devices for safe implantable technology, and by studying and assessing paradigms for natural control (action) and sensory feedback (perception) of the prosthesis through the implant. The novel technologies and findings will be assessed by three selected patients, implanted in a clinical centre.

DeTOP bridges several currently disjointed scientific fields and is therefore critically dependent on the collaboration of engineers, neuroscientists and clinicians.

Coordinator

SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO SANT'ANNA

Address

Piazza Martiri Della Liberta 33
56127 Pisa

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 778 050

Participants (9)

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GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 517 050

PRENSILIA SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 412 973,75

INTEGRUM AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 1 344 450

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 538 827,50

CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT

Switzerland

UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 603 370

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE ASSICURAZIONE INFORTUNI SUL LAVORO INAIL

Italy

UNIVERSITA CAMPUS BIO MEDICO DI ROMA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 50 000

ISTITUTO ORTOPEDICO RIZZOLI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 15 800

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 687905

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2016

  • End date

    29 February 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 165 158,75

  • EU contribution

    € 4 260 521,25

Coordinated by:

SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO SANT'ANNA

Italy