EDRIC announces appointment of new Chief Operating Officer

Posted on Tuesday 23rd April, 2013

First Chief Operating Officer appointed for expanding
European disability organisation

23 April 2013, LONDON: EDRIC, the international disability organisation that helps people affected by limb differences, has appointed its first Chief Operating Officer. 

Tobias Arndt, who is German and lives in Brussels, will take responsibility for the day-to-day running of EDRIC (European Dysmelia Reference Information Centre), which has undergone rapid expansion in the past year since it launched its DysNet online network. 

EDRIC now has 20 member organisations from across Europe under its umbrella with several more planning to join in 2013. 

Following a successful members' meeting in Sweden last year, work is now underway to hold an international "Experts' Conference" in May 2014.  The conference will bring together patient groups, medical practitioners and industry specialists from around the world to share expertise and help to improve the treatment and lives of people living with limb deficiencies. 

Preparations for this will be escalating throughout the year and so Mr Arndt, who has a background in communications, will also take on the lead role in this project. 

EDRIC chairman, Geoff Adams-Spink, said, "I'm really happy that EDRIC has been able to secure the professional expertise of someone like Tobias Arndt.  His personal commitment to people affected by dysmelia and his undoubted abilities as a researcher and administrator make him ideally suited to this role.  EDRIC has big plans over the next few years and I'm sure that Tobias will help us to bring them to fruition to the benefit of our network of member organisations and the wider limb difference community."

Tobias Arndt said, "The next 12 months are going to be a very exciting for EDRIC and I'm really looking forward to working with the board and our member organisations on our Experts' Conference.  DysNet, our online community, has brought us to a wider audience and we can now build on this work to help improve the lives of people living with all types of limb differences throughout Europe and further afield.  The long term project to improve support for the community in a substantial and sustainable manner will be to team with partners for a Dysmelia European Reference Network."

Tobias Arndt speaks five languages and has previously worked on research, editorial and legal projects for Thalidomide organisations in Belgium, Australia, Germany and the UK. 


1. For more information, please contact Geoff Adams-Spink at
2. The EDRIC/DysNet website is at .  Twitter: @DysNet_org .  Facebook:
3. Dysmelia is the medical term for congenital limb deficiency.  It covers a wide range of rarely occurring conditions.

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