Bijan Najafi, Ph.D. (320x240)
Bijan Najafi, Ph.D.

Dec. 6, 2018

In a collaborative project (see article) with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Bijan Najafi, Ph.D., MSc was awarded a 2018 Stars of Excellence Award by Hamad Medical Corporation.

This interdisciplinary project entitled “Innovative Game-based Exercise during Dialysis” proposed an innovative game-based exercise based on wearables, which could assist hemodialysis patients to benefit from personalized cognitive-motor exercise while receiving hemodialysis. The RCT study suggests that this game-based exercise is effective, highly acceptable among hemodialysis patients, and most importantly is effective to reduce sedentary behavior and improve balance in this vulnerable population.

Dr. Najafi is professor of surgery, director of clinical research in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, and director of the Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP). He serves as the lead PI on the project. Dr. Fadwa Al-Ali, director of the HMC Dialysis Program, serves as the contact-PI, and Dr. Joseph L. Mills Sr. and Dr. Abdullah Ibrahim (HMC) were PIs on this international collaborative study funded by the Qatar National Research Foundation (QNRF). Other collaborators from Baylor include Dr. He Zhou (iCAMP postdoctoral associate) and Ana Enriquez (iCAMP laboratory manager).