DC1- SDCC- Ulcer risk stratification in high-risk patients with diabetes

Abhilasha Akerkar

My name is Abhilasha Akerkar and I am a healthcare professional from Mumbai, India.I have a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery from the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, India and a Master’s degree in Public Health Science from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Long_Bio

Key words

Diabetes epidemiology, Risk prediction modelling, Risk stratification

DC2- SDCC- Diabetes distress and health literacy in foot ulcer development and self-care and interventions to improve outcome

Alice Cardon

My name is Alice Cardon. I am from France, where I first obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Cell Biology and then a Master’s degree in Global Health to study and improve the health of vulnerable populations. I am happy to now work on improving self-care and prevention of foot ulcers in people at high risks. Long_Bio

Key words

Public health, Prevention, Interdisciplinarity

DC3- AMC- Biomechanical factors in Charcot neuro-osteoarthropathy and deformity

Victoria Milbourn

I am a highly skilled Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist with extensive experience in acute multidisciplinary diabetic foot clinics at King’s College Hospital and Ipswich Hospital in the UK. I’ve had a diverse career which includes clinical practice, research, education, management, and leadership roles. I have a specialist interest in Charcot neuro-osteoarthropathy and complex diabetic foot management. Currently, I am pursuing an MSc in Advancing Practice in Health from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Long_Bio.

Keywords: Charcot Neuro-osteoarthropathy, Medical Imaging, Diabetic Foot Disease

DC4- AMC- From ulcer healing to remission: imaging and biomechanics of tissue properties in association with foot ulcer risk in diabetes

Alessandro Vicentini

My name is Alessandro, and I am a 26 years old PhD candidate coming from Venice, Italy.

I obtained a master degree in Sports Science and Physical Performance (2021) at the University of Verona in which I specialized in biomechanics, which is my main research interest.

I love music and sports, especially basketball and track and field. Long_Bio

Keywords: Biomechanics, Soft Tissues, Injury Prevention

DC5- MUMC- Decreasing risk for developing diabetic foot ulceration with personalised feedback on daily physical activity

Touria Ahaouari

I am Turia Ahaouari.I grew up in Spain but I have Moroccan roots so I share two amazing cultures. My background is both biomedical and clinical engineering. The reason I followed this path was to impact positively into society and I started early into my bachelor’s with traineeships to develop my skills. Long_Bio

Keywords: medical technologies, data analytics, medical imaging processing

DC6- Novel- Smart wearable technology for long term pressure, adherence and activity monitoring

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DC7- Novel- A state of the art and clinically applicable shear force measuring system

Onur Okcu

My name is Onur Okcu. I received my bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and then pursued my academic career in Automation and Control Engineering for my master’s degree. I am eager to develop an advanced sensor system that provides continuous biomechanical monitoring to find optimum solutions for patients with diabetic foot disease. Long_Bio

Keywords: Sensor Technology, Software Development, Signal Processing

DC8- UNIBO- From healing to remission: offloading in the transition phase to permanent footwear

Kamran Shakir

My name is Kamran Shakir, and I am a trained mechanical engineer from India. Coming from
the second most diabetic country in the world, I share a strong personal connection to the
MSCA-ITN DIALECT project. My current research endeavors are focused towards advancing
our understanding of the specific requirements for transition footwear and the offloading
properties and durability of different outsole geometrical features, to develop high-quality
footwear for the vulnerable high-risk parent after ulcer healing. Long_Bio

Keywords: Biomechanics, Medical Imaging, Advanced Solid Mechanics

DC9- UNIBO- The best factory-made shoe for the moderate to high-risk diabetic patient

Hadi Sarlak

I am a Ph.D. candidate with a master’s degree in International Community Health from the University of Oslo. My focus at NTNU was on human movement science and I am interested in movement biomechanics, data, and translational research. Currently, at the University of Bologna, I’m dedicated to contributing to diabetic foot prevention through innovative research methods. Long_Bio

Keywords: Diabetic footwear, biomechanics, movement science

DC10- AMC- Data-driven optimisation of custom-made footwear for the high-risk person with diabetes

Isabella Gigante

My name is Isabella Gigante, I am a Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist, and I have a Master’s in Health Science. I am passionated about improving human health, specifically to decrease the global issue of diabetic foot by implementing a transdisciplinary perspective and by having the patient’s wishes and needs in focus. Long_Bio

Keywords: diabetes related foot ulcers, footwear, foot ulcer prevention

DC11- GCU- Offloading with additive manufactured insoles using optimally tested designs

Niloofar Sedighi

A biomechanics researcher from Iran committed to advancing knowledge in the field of lower limb biomechanics. With a solid educational foundation and hands-on experience, Niloofar possesses a deep understanding of human tissue structure, finite element analysis, and injury mechanisms. Holding a Master’s Degree in Biomechanics, Niloofar has already made significant contributions to the field through her work on injury analysis of the human knee joint. She now seeks to further expand her knowledge by joining the DIALECT project to tackle diabetic foot disease. Long_Bio

Keywords: Finite element analysis, Orthopedic biomechanics, Computational modeling