Lars Brouwers, MD, MSc, PhD-candidate

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Lars Brouwers is a surgeon in training and a researcher at the Radboud University Medical Center and the Elisabeth-Tweesteden hospital in the Netherlands. He investigates the value of 3D printing and Virtual Reality in the treatment of complex fractures. With his research he received the AOTrauma Europe Research Grant and has won the Technical Innovation Award from the European Society for Surgical Research (ESSR), the international award of the Orthopedic Trauma Association (OTA), the Canadian and American sister association of the Dutch Nederlandse Vereniging voor Traumachirurgie (NVT) and the national IT award for “best IT project in healthcare” (Computable awards). In December 2017 he drove with an old car to Sierra Leone, equipped with a 3D printer (Ultimaker 2+), to develop a sustainable way in improving prosthetic arms and legs for handicapped people and making spare parts for a hospital there. One-and-a-half years later, a medical 3D printed lab is up and running in the Masanga Hospital. For this work, he received the Dutch Albert Schweitzer fund (NASF) grant.