Bijan Najafi, Ph.D., MSc., professor and director of clinical research in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, and director of the Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP), was awarded an approximately $800,000 grant from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) for his proposal entitled, “Therapeutic Plantar Electrical Stimulation Intervention During Hemodialysis to Improve Balance and Mobility.”
This four-year study proposes to translate and clinically validate the effectiveness of an innovative wearable electrical stimulator technology for improving balance, quality of life and skin perfusion in patients with diabetes and chronic kidney failure. If validated, the device and protocol could be used as an adjunct therapy to reduce risk of foot problems and improve mobility in patients undergoing hemodialysis.
This study is a joint collaboration between Baylor College of Medicine and Hamad Medical Corporation, the primary public health provider in the State of Qatar.
Led by principal investigator Dr. Najafi, the interdisciplinary research team includes vascular surgeon Joseph L. Mills, Sr., M.D., professor and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, from Baylor, contact principal investigator Fadwal Al-Ali, M.D., a senior nephrology consultant at Hamad Medical Corporation and assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar, and key investigators Abdullah Ibrahimi, M.D., Talal K. Talal, D.P.M., Mohamed Yahya, M.D., and Safiat U. Khan, M.D., from Hamad General Hospital in Doha, Qatar.