Integrum’s industrial PhD student Alexander Thesleff successfully defends his doctoral thesis “Neuromusculoskeletal interfacing of lower limb prostheses“ at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

On May 27th, Alexander Thesleff received his Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Chalmers University for his research regarding the connection of a leg prosthesis with the skeleton, muscles, and the nerves.

Alexander received an Industrial Ph.D. based on his research performed in collaboration with Chalmers and Integrum, for his investigation of the challenges presented when trying to establish bi-directional communication between the brain and the transfemoral amputee’s prosthesis.

While this type of direct control of the prosthesis by means of neuromuscular signals has previously been demonstrated with Integrum’s e-OPRA™ Implant System in the research of Professor Rickard Brånemark and Assistant Professor Max Ortiz Catalán in treating transhumeral amputees, the challenges presented in treating transfemoral patients are unique. Among others, the implant and the prosthesis are subject to greater and more frequent loading cycles while performing daily activities such as walking or climbing/descending stairs.

From June 1st, Alexander will be joining the team at Integrum as a development engineer.

Says Maria Lopez, CEO at Integrum “we are thrilled that Alexander is now continuing to work at Integrum and is joining our Research and Development team, and look very much forward to further strengthening our organization”.