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A Sneak Peak of Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics

Bespoke Bodies: The Design and Craft of Prosthetics is our latest book being published here at Design Museum, which is now available for pre-order. Included in this issue of Design Museum Magazine is an excerpt from the book, which highlights the incredible surgical innovations of Dr. Shriya Srinivasan and her team, who have developed an unprecedented technique for amputating limbs.

Photo by John Soares

By Dr. Shriya Srinivasan, PhD, Co-written by Sabaat Kareem

About Dr. Shriya Srinivasan Dr. Shriya Srinivasan is a Schmidt Science Fellow and Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a BS in biomedical engineering, with a concentration in biomaterials. Shriya received her doctoral degree in medical engineering and medical physics through the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program in January 2020. Her doctoral research focused on the development of novel neural interfaces utilizing tissue engineering to better interface human limbs with prostheses, in the context of amputation and paralysis. She developed the Regenerative Agonist-antagonist Myoneural Interface (AMI) that will ultimately enable patients to control their prosthesis with native neural signals. She also explored optogenetic techniques to create novel strategies to accelerate and improve neural control. Shriya has been awarded the Delsys Prize and the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for her innovative work.

Shriya was a former director of MIT Hacking Medicine and works passionately on global health projects. Shriya is currently designing devices for gastrointestinal neuromodulation in the MIT Langer Lab in collaboration with Dr. Giovanni Traverso. In her spare time, she professionally dances Bharatanatyam, a south Indian classical dance form, and co-directs Anubhava Dance Company.

Surgical Amputation’s Slow Evolution

Life-saving amputations are accompanied by a vast set of emotional and physical consequences. Prostheses and rehabilitative therapies have evolved greatly over the last few decades to help amputees readjust. Despite the immense technological and scientific advancements achieved in our time, the actual technique for surgical amputation has remained largely static…

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From Design Museum Magazine Issue 017