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2020-2021 Curious people series – Biomechanical Rehabilitation and Manufacturing: Improving the Quality of Life of Medically Underserved Populations
February 23 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Speakers and events for the 2020-2021 Curious People Series represent University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO)’s Big Ideas. These highlight areas of campus strength, especially where there are opportunities to enhance scholarly, research, and creative activities at UNO. For general series information click here
On Feb 23rd, you have the opportunity to hear from Dr. Jorge Zuñiga, Ph.D., who has spent his career working to lower the cost of expensive medical devices and procedures for medically underserved populations. Dr. Zuñiga’s presentation outlines the use of additive manufacturing for the development of medical devices. Through a “User-Inspired Basic Research Approach,” Zuñiga’s presentation will walk you through the research, development, and deployment of 3D printed artificial limbs for children experiencing limb loss; including the development of anatomical models for surgical planning for pediatric patients. Examples of community engagement and clinical cases will also be used to reveal how advancements in research and manufacturing can impact the quality of life of children around the world.
About the Speaker
Jorge Zuniga, Ph.D., is a UNO faculty in UNO’s College of Department of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, Department of Biomechanics. He also serves as the co-director of the Biomechanical Rehabilitation and Manufacturing Initiative (BRMI). His major research interests include the development of low-cost 3D printed prostheses, 3D printed anatomical models for surgical planning, and the development of new antimicrobial materials for 3D printing. Zuniga has authored and co-authored over 80 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, while also developing a 3D printed prosthetic hand for children named Cyborg Beast. His active scholarly collaboration, internationally, led to his nomination as the 2018 “Runner Up” for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Science Prize for Innovation, Research, and Education (ASPIRE).