Christian Doppler Laboratory
for Restoration of Extremity Function

Scientific & Organising Committee

Johannes Mayer, Christian Hofer, Agnes Sturma, Oskar Aszmann, Cosima Prahm, Stefan Salminger

Congress President IASPT 2018 Oskar Aszmann Oskar Aszmann
Prof. Oskar C. Aszmann, born in Vienna, Austria. After a two year excursion into philosophy and biology Dr. Aszmann finished Medical School at the medical faculty of the University of Vienna (1994). He then went on to the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland where he learned the trade of peripheral nerve surgery from Prof. Lee Dellon and the basic science of peripheral nerve regeneration from Prof. Thomas Brushart. In 1998 he joined the Division of Plastic Surgery in Vienna where he finished his training in 2004 and was promoted the position of Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since 2006 he has entered a close collaboration with the company Otto Bock to explore the possibilities and limits of bionic reconstruction which has led to the establishment of a partly private/government funded Center for Extremity Reconstruction and Rehabilitation in 2012. This Center is being headed by Prof. Aszmann and has at its core interest the reconstruction and rehabilitation of patients with impaired extremity function. This goal is accomplished with a wide variety of surgical techniques of neuromuscular reconstruction alone or in combination with complex mechatronic devices.
His research focuses on all aspects of reconstructive surgery, both from a clinical but also from a basic research perspective. This has precipitated in different textbook chapters and is being published both in top journals of his field but also larger audience periodicals such as The Lancet and Science Translational Medicine and various Nature Group Periodicals. For his recent accomplishments in this field and his care for patients with complex extremity injuries he was awarded by the Royal Society of Medicine, London twice and received the Hans Anderl Award- the most prestigious research prize awarded by the European Association for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He serves in the board of directors of several national und international scientific societies and is in the editorial board of several international Journals.
He has received research grants of the Austrian Research Agency (FWF) and the Christian Doppler Research Foundation with a sum total of about 4,2 Mio€ and has most recently received the prestigious Houska Award for excellency in public-private partnership.