Evidence & Cases
Virtual Symposium for Healthcare Professionals
Individuals with bilateral amputation

A complex starting point for rehabilitation with a microprocessor controlled knee joint

Evidence & Cases I Virtual Symposium for Healthcare Professionals I Language: English

September 13, 2022 I 16:00 – 17:30 CET (Berlin Time)

The rehabilitation after a bilateral transfemoral amputation is the most complex challenge to bring an amputee back to mobility. Despite this, bilateral transfemoral amputees that successfully use prostheses are an understudied patient population, most of the publications report case studies, case series or small samples.

In this afternoon symposium we will devote ourselves to available evidence and best practice sharing on the topic bilateral prosthesis rehabilitation.

Join us to enjoy the insights presented by clinical and research experts.


Virtual Symposium schedule

16:00 CET

Welcome and Introduction

Chair/Moderator Dipl. Ing Merkur Alimusaj (Germany)

16:05 CET

The benefits of MPKs in challenging amputation levels – single cases.

Prof. Dr. Ing. Malte Bellmann (Germany)

16:30 CET

Smart Robotics Rehabilitation

Takaaki Chin MD, PhD (Japan)

17:00 CET

Prosthetic Considerations from Recovery to Independence for Bilateral Transfemoral Amputees

Michael Carroll, PhD, CPO, FAAOP(D) (USA)

17:20 CET

Panel Discussion

17:30 CET

Wrap up and Closing


Registration for Healthcare Professionals


Prof. Malte Bellmann

Private Hochschule Göttingen (Germany)

Director of Research Biomechanics within the global Clinical Research & Service department of Ottobock

Malte Bellmann is the Director of Research Biomechanics within the global Clinical Research & Service department of Ottobock. His expertise comprises biomechanical research as well as product development in prosthetics and orthotics for over more than one decade. He received his PhD from the Technical University in Berlin and is author and co-author of several peer-reviewed publication and is presenting at international O&P congresses about various topics. In addition, Malte is Professor for biomechanics in the field of prosthetics at the PFH Private University in Göttingen.

Takaaki Chin MD, PhD

Director, Hyogo Rehabilitation Center (Japan)

Research Director and General Manager of the Department of Robot Rehabilitation in the Hyogo Institute of Assistive Technology.

Takaaki Chin, MD, PhD, is a head director of Hyogo Rehabilitation Center and serves as a councilor. He is also a research director and general manager of the Robot Rehabilitation Center in the Hyogo Institute of Assistive Technology, Japan.

Dr. Chin received his medical degree from Tokushima University School of Medicine in 1986 and completed his doctorate at Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine in 1991. He has been a visiting researcher at the McGill University, Montreal, Canada from 1990 to 1992.

His career in Hyogo Rehabilitation Center started in 1992. In 2006, he was given the position of department chief for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 2011 he was appointed to serve as a general manager at the Robot Rehabilitation Center in the Hyogo Institute of Assistive Technology. In 2014 He was appointed as the Director of the Hyogo Institute of Assistive Technology. He was chosen in 2017 to serve as the Hyogo Rehabilitation Center´s head director.

Since 2007, he has also served as a Visiting Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Medicine at Kobe University.

He served as the conference chairman for the 25th Scientific Meeting of the Japanese Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics in 2009, the Asian Prosthetic and Orthotic Scientific Meeting in 2014. and the 11th International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology2017 all held in Kobe. He served as the as the Local Organizing committee chair and World Congress committee vice-chair of the 17th ISPO World Congress 2019 (in Kobe).

Michael Carroll, PhD, CPO, FAAOP(D)

Dept. of Veterans Affairs (USA)

Michael Carroll, PhD, CPO, FAAOP(D) is a Certified Prosthetist-Orthotist with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida. He has traveled internationally presenting at conferences and providing clinical care, including to multiple Paralympians during the London 2012 Paralympic games. He is a Fellow with Distinction of the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists, an Approved Clinical Mentor for the National Commission on Orthotic & Prosthetic Education, and previously served on the Amputee Coalition Youth Advisory Board.


Dipl.-Ing. Merkur Alimusaj

University Clinic Heidelberg, Head of Technical Orthopaedics, Department for Orthopaedics, Trauma Surgery and Paraplegia (Germany)

Merkur Alimusaj completed a apprenticeship in prosthetics and orthotics in 1999 and worked until 2005 at several P&O clinics. In 2006 he additionally received his degree as an engineer in rehabilitation techniques at the University of Applied Science in Giessen (Hessen; Germany). He worked since 2005 at the Heidelberg Motion Lab and he is guiding since that time several studies in the field of prosthetics and orthotics. He turned out to be the head of the prosthetics and orthotics department at the University Hospital Heidelberg in 2008 with now more than 90 employed P&Os and CPOs. His research interests are Movement analysis in orthotics and prosthetics, Influence of assistive devices in daily living and Control mechanisms in prosthetics. Merkur Alimusaj is author and co-author of several national and international scientific publications and (co-)author of several book contributions.