What is MEC?
Since 1972, the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick has been hosting the MEC Symposium in Fredericton, NB, Canada. Since 2002, it has been held once every three years. MEC incorporates all aspects of powered upper limb prosthetics. The success of this gathering is reflected in the level of international enrolment enjoyed in the past, bringing together participants from North America, Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, Iceland and Japan.
Pre-conference courses and workshops with world leading content for clinicians and researchers are offered. This year's conference featured 'Assessment of Capacity for Myoelectric Control (ACMC)' and 'Novel outcome measures for advanced bidirectional upper limb prosthesis control and feedback'.
MEC17 had a full social program, including a wine and cheese event at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, a Maritime banquet at UNB's Richard J. Currie Centre, and local musical entertainment.
Who should attend MEC Symposiums?
The MEC Symposiums are of special interest to those who work in the fields of upper limb prosthetics and myoelectric control (including upper and lower limb). The professions of the interested individuals may include prosthetic and myoelectric researchers and developers, prosthetists and prosthetic technicians, occupational and physical therapists involved with clients who have upper extremity amputations, nurses, social workers, psychologists, physicians, surgeons and manufacturers of technologies targeted at upper extremity amputees.
MEC17 was a great success. The full proceedings are now available.