A generous gift from a philanthropic partner will support a new postdoc dedicated to translating research from engineering to health solutions for older adults with foot problem in the Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP), led by Bijan Najafi, Ph.D., MSc., professor and director of clinical research in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery.
The purpose of the gift is to fund a postdoctoral researcher for two years who will help facilitate the translation of new technologies to managing lower extremity complications, such as edema and diabetic foot, in older adults and those with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and peripheral artery disease.
iCAMP at Baylor College of Medicine aims to improve stability, healing and mobility worldwide. iCAMP researchers have developed and validated several novel metrics to define disease state, assess motor learning and motor-cognitive decline, and determine biomechanical variabilities by extracting most relevant information from human motion.
Dr. Najafi’s team has been developing the first of their kind “smart” wearable technologies that have shown enormous promise in identifying and preventing limb and life-threatening gangrene as well as providing early warnings to prevent falls and fractures in older adults.