"Our unique expertise is the translation of wearable and smart technologies - from jewelry to socks - for more accurate movement assessment of patients in their natural environment where they're the most comfortable and active. Our goal is to better understand how people move through and interact with their environment. In this way, we believe we may be able to fundamentally change the way we objectively measure quality of life for people across disciplines.” - Dr. Bijan Najafi

Led by Bijan Najafi, Ph.D., professor of surgery and Director of Clinical Research in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, the Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP) is an interdisciplinary research and development collaboration that engages creative teams from vascular surgery, orthopedics, podiatry, nursing, geriatrics, and engineering at Baylor College of Medicine.

iCAMP aims to improve stability, healing and mobility, worldwide. This is especially important for patients suffering from diabetes, which impacts more than 1 in 4 older adults in the United States. We have been developing the first of their kind "smart" wearable technologies that have shown enormous promise in identifying and preventing life threatening gangrene as well as providing early warnings to prevent life-threatening falls and fractures in older adults.

These "game changing" technologies are actually "game-based" in that they allow the wearers to improve their stability and mobility through novel video-game-like therapies. In addition to our local research initiatives, we partner with a host of businesses, analysts, and research teams worldwide to foster advances in the field of motion performance.

"We are proud and highly honored to have recruited Dr. Najafi and his entire research team. He and his team are extremely productive and collaborative investigators with broad expertise in biomechanical engineering, especially related to developing and testing wearable technology dedicated to preventing limb amputation, preventing falls in those at risk, and improving quality of life for all of us as we move through the world. Their expertise fits in perfectly as Baylor College of Medicine, CHI St. Luke's, and the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy in the Micheal E. DeBakey Department of Surgery coordinate their efforts to develop one of the premier lower extremity and amputation prevention programs in the world," said chief of Vascular Surgery Dr. Joseph L. Mills, Sr.

iCAMP laboratories are located in the Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center on the McNair Campus, a 35-acre tract adjacent to the DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center. To find out more visit  www.bcm.edu/icamp or contact them at i-camp@bcm.edu