IFSHT Cristina Alegri Award for Innovation in Hand Therapy
This award for innovation in Hand Therapy was created in memory of Cristina Alegri, an Occupational Therapist in Buenos Aires, Argentina, who died in 2014. The Cristina Alegri Award was awarded for the first time in October 2016 at the 10th IFSHT Triennial Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Birgitta Rosen from Sweden for her contribution to the understanding of the hand and sensibility. Here is she accepting her award from Anne Wajon, incoming President of IFSHT.
Cristina is credited by many in South America for her innovations and contributions to the practice of Hand Therapy. In 2004, Cristina Alegri attended the 6th IFSHT Triennial Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland. She gave a very memorable presentation there about the use of snail slime in the treatment of scars. The Spanish Version and an English translation of this presentation is attached below. Cristina Alegri was a member of the 10th IFSHT Triennial Congress Program Committee. At the 11th IFSHT in 2019 in Berlin further therapists will be recognised for their innovative or unique contribution to the patient experience. Innovations in treatment or practice methods, therapeutic approaches, splinting, adaptive equipment design, or therapeutic equipment will be considered. Forms for application will be uploaded here closer to the time.