Partial hand amputation is perhaps the most frequent amputation level, worldwide. Although its annual incidence in western countries is roughly 1:18000 inhabitants, the treatments of partial hand amputations have modestly progressed so far. PPR3, a research program funded in 2014-2016 (36 months) by INAIL (Italian Institution for Work Injuries compensation) with 1.7 M€, targeted this very important clinical and socioeconomic issue. Within a largest funding program by INAIL, PPR3 focused on the development of partial hand prostheses, in particular: novel active and passive articulated prosthetic fingers with natural control and sensory feedback through non-invasive interfaces. During the project our team at the Artificial Hands Area, together with researchers at the INAIL Prosthetic Centre, developed a number of research prostheses adaptable to different levels of partial hand amputation. In addition, PPR3 paved the way towards the fundation of the REPAIR Lab at INAIL Prosthetic Centre.
Prof. Christian Cipriani