PGIF Project: Planning Collaborations on Novel Methods and Technologies to Diagnose, Monitor and Treat Diabetic Foot Syndrome

Principal Investigators

Andreas Hielscher
Andreas Hielscher
Danielle Bajakian
Danielle Bajakian

Project Description

The overall goal of this planning grant is to take first steps towards viable collaborations between engineers, scientists and physicians at Columbia and universities and hospitals in the Middle East to develop methods and technologies to diagnose, monitor and treat diabetic foot syndrome and related symptoms. The world health organization estimates that there are over 420 million adults living with diabetes. Over the past decade, diabetes prevalence has risen substantially, especially in low- and middle-income countries. In Jordan 1/8 of the population is affected by this disease. In the US, the number of diabetics has reached 30 million. Novel methods and technologies to identify the underlying mechanism and resulting pathologies, such as foot ulcers and infections are much in need.

This planning grant will be led by faculty members from the arts & sciences, engineering, and medical schools at Columbia University and the Jordan University of Science and Technology. Together they will organize two workshops that will lay the foundations for future collaborations in research and education. Experts on diabetes, peripheral artery disease, and related diagnostic and monitoring technologies will be invited. The workshop in Amman will focus on unmet medical needs typically for low-and-middle income countries in the Middle East. Questions such as, what are the most prevalent conditions of diabetic foot syndrome, what considerations apply specifically to refugee populations, and what limits that affect the viability of new technologies and methods to address these specific needs and situations. The workshop at Columbia will have a stronger focus on emerging technologies and methods that are especially valuable in low-resource environments. It is expected that these meetings will help identify interested parties for future collaborations and provide the groundwork for larger grant applications to various national and international funding agencies.

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