Dr. Richard Weir: Prometheus with a Dash of Frankenstein

Richard Weir, prosthetic hand, bioengineeringStrap on your rocket-ship seat belts when you attend Dr. Richard Weir’s April 9th lecture this spring, during the newest CU Science series: his presentation will blast you into a mind-scrambling world straight out of science fiction—except that it’s all as real as his basement lab at the Anschutz Medical Center just down the road on Colfax Avenue. A specialist in the design of advanced artificial hand and arm replacements, Dr. Weir is fashioning prosthetics virtually indistinguishable from the real thing, thanks to implantable myoelectric sensors, 3-D printers and a lab that combines, as The Denver Post’s Michael Booth puts it, “one portion Frankenstein workbench and two portions auto-repair shop.” Read (much) more at http://www.denverpost.com/ci_22975963/hospitals-at-anschutz-medical-campus-build-precision-body