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Biomechanical Analyses of Risks for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Release time:May 22, 2017 / Siying He

Speaker:Professor Yih-Kuen Jan, PhD, Rehabilitation Engineering Lab, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA    

Date:May 22, 2:00- 3:30 PM    

Venue:Room 317, Yifu Building

 

Bio of the speaker:    

Professor Yih-Kuen Jan is an Associate Professor and Director of Rehabilitation Engineering Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in the United States. Prof Jan received his BS in Physical Therapy and MS in Biomedical Engineering from the National Yang Ming University in 1995 and 1997, respectively. He obtained his PhD in Rehabilitation Science and completed his Postdoc training in Rehabilitation Technology from the University of Pittsburgh in the United States in 2004 and 2006, respectively. Prof Jan is committed in developing assistive devices and technologies and promoting disability rights for people with disabilities. He has published more than 50 journal articles and book chapters and 80 proceeding papers. He has been the Principal Investigator of more than $2 million research grant (in US dollar) and has been involved with more than $33 million research grant, including NSF’s Engineering Research Center (ERC) on Quality of Life Technology and NIDRR’s Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC). Prof Jan serves as the Scientific Papers Chair and participates in the Assistive Technology Standards Board of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). He serves on the Advisory Board for China’s National Research Center on Rehabilitation Technical Aids and the International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (i-CREATe) established by 13 Asian organizations. Prof Jan serves on the editorial board of Assistive Technology (official journal of RESNA), Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development (official journal of US Dept of VA), Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology and other prestigious journals.    

 

Abstract:      

Diabetic foot ulcers are one of the most serious complications associated with diabetes mellitus. Current research studies have demonstrated that alterations of microvascular functions and plantar soft tissues have contributed to the development of diabetic foot ulcers. In this presentation, I will review advanced methods to assess plantar soft tissue mechanical properties and microvascular dysfunction in diabetics. Such measurements could be used to identify diabetics at high risk for foot ulcers and subsequent amputations and evaluate the efficacy of various preventive interventions of diabetic foot ulcers.      

 

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