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Keynote Speakers Announced for Neuroprosthetics 2010 Symposium

Leading advocates for civilian and military amputees will headline the November 3 event, the second such national forum organized by WPI's Bioengineering Institute

International symposium on November 3 to focus on development of next-generation implantable artificial limbs

Kendra Calhoun (left), president of the Amputee Coalition of America, (seen here at Neuroprosthetics 2009) and Col. Jennifer Menetrez, MD (below), physical medicine and rehabilitation physician and director of the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center, will offer the keynote addresses at Neuroprosthetics 2010, an international symposium organized by the Bioengineering Institute at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

"We are pleased and honored to have leaders like Kendra Calhoun and Colonel Menetrez addressing the symposium," said W. Grant McGimpsey, PhD., director of the Bioengineering Institute, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and professor

of biomedical engineering at WPI. "They will offer important perspectives from both the civilian and the military amputee populations to the scientists and clinicians working to improve the technology to help those populations."

The Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, is the U.S. Army's most advanced outpatient rehabilitation center built specifically to treat service members who lost limbs and suffered serious injuries, primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan. Based in Knoxville, Tenn., the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is a national non-profit organization focused on education and advocacy in support of the 1.7 million people in the United States who live with limb loss.

Set for November 3 at WPI, Neuroprosthetics 2010  will bring together scientists, engineers and clinicians to share their research and discuss the challenges that must be overcome to enable a new generation of artificial limbs that more closely replicate the function of natural limbs. Learn more about the symposium.

May 12, 2010

Contact: Michael Cohen, Public Relations Associate, +1-508-868-4778, mcohen@wpi.edu