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Seminar: can biomechanics unravel the unresolved issue about diabetic foot prevention?

Wednesday, 16 January, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm GMT

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Zimi Sawacha from University of Padova is visiting the Insigneo Institute for in silico Medicine on 16 January 2019 and will be giving a seminar on ‘Can biomechanics unravel the unresolved issue about diabetic foot prevention?’

Lifetime prevalence estimations of foot ulceration in diabetic subjects are as high as 25%, hence lower-extremity complications constitute a substantial burden. The field of foot ulcer prevention has been the Cinderella in diabetic foot disease research for many years, but currently it is probably one of the most exciting. it’s a great time for innovation in the field of health right now, thanks to the growing interest in biomedical innovation. new evidence and new initiatives keep coming to the fore, such as investigating the relationship between plantar pressure, foot kinematics and ulcers risk, the development of finite element guided offloading for ulcer healing, the measuring of shear stress. While peak pressure has been measured for years, shear stress can now be measured with new sensors. A final development in this field is a multiscale workflow applicable in clinical practice aiming to prevent ulceration by detecting excessive external and internal stresses preceding overloading and breakdown in diabetic subjects.

About Dr. Zimi Sawacha

Dr Zimi Sawacha, PhD, is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padova. She has been Professor of Biomechanics and Motion Analysis since 2016, Adjunct Professor of Biomechanics and Bioengineering of Human Movement (2007-2016). Her teaching activities have been carried for both the BSc and MSc of Kinesiology and the MSc of Bioengineering at the University of Padova. She earned a Master Degree in Mechanic Engineering (2000) and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (2007) at the University of Padova, with a thesis on bioengineering applied to diabetic foot prevention. In 2001 worked as research fellow at Helen Hayes Hospital CRT (New York, USA), one year research fellow at Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli (Bologna). She has been with the School of Bioengineering and the Bioengineering research group, University of Padova, since 2004. She has been research investigator in national and international projects, her research expertise is mainly involved in analysis of the human neuromusculoskeletal system both in healthy and pathologic subjects, development of biomechanics and musculoskeletal models, markerless motion capture systems.


Wednesday, 16 January
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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