Centre for blast injury studies – annual networking event

It was a real privilege for Hilary Meredith and I to once again the Annual Networking event 2016 at the Centre for Blast Injury Studies held at Imperial College London.
Blast injury is the most complex of all injuries sustained by military personnel.  A multidisciplinary approach is required to get these injured service men and woman back to health. The ongoing work being done with prosthetics and the use of technology has played a major part in that endeavour.
This Annual Event enabled speakers from a wide range of disciplines to outline the work that has been done in the field of military rehabilitation and what is on the horizon for the future.
We learnt that the use of technology is playing a more and more important role in getting people to mobility, following a loss of limb injury.
It is very exciting to hear how the disciplines of engineering and medicine are working in such a collaborative way. It is clear that the research being done now will in the future filter through to the NIHS and will therefore benefit us all.
We have all been inspired by the endeavour and performance of athletes in the Invictus Games and then the Paralympics. Their performance has been assisted greatly by this work, as demonstrated by Dave Henson, the Centre’s veterans representative, who competed in the inaugural Invictus Games and then went on to win a bronze medal at the 2016 Paralympics.

Sinead Cartwright