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 for her contribution to the understanding of the hand and sensibility. In 2019, at the Congress in Berlin, the award was given postumously to Judy Bell-Krotoski for her innovation about the role of Semmes Weinstein Monofilaments in quanitfying sensory loss.
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.
The quality of application for the 2019 award was extremely high. Attached below is the presentation given at the Awards Ceremony which presents all eight innovations. Please take the time to look at these innovations and do contact the applicant for further information should you wish.
This award will be given again in London 2022. Application forms will be uploaded approximately one year before the congress.