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Development of a new generation of DIABetic footwear using an integrated approach and SMART materials

Objective

DiaBSmart project aims to generate, transfer and exchange the clinical, academic and production knowledge between the partners to create a new generation of diabetic footwear through a newly developed patient assessment system.The transfer of knowledge(TOK) between various sectors ensures that the need of patients is considered and transferred effectively to product development using a scientific approach.The objectives include:(1) the design and development of an integrated system of DIABetic foot assessment (2) to validate the newly developed system using experimental methods (3) to develop a suitable material to meet the mechanical and clinical requirements (4) to evaluate the mechanical and clinical effectiveness of material choice in reducing the potential risk of foot complications.The Numerical, Experimental and Mathematical Analyses system will integrate all aspects of diabetic footwear including; clinical and biomechanical assessment, material choice and aesthetic design.Proposed interdisciplinary, intersectorial approach is unique and brings together the expertise from research institutions, industry and clinics. TOK between these sectors will ensure the synergy and efficient use of information in patient assessment, monitoring, product development and customisation in an objective manner.This project while enhancing the knowledge base in diabetic assessment; will have a clear impact on new product development leading to both clinical and economic benefits. The products include a new generation of integrated SMART /multi material midsoles and/or orthoses for diabetic footwear.Properties of the materials will be optimised with a view to minimise/ redistribute the pressure and hence the stress on the soft tissue in the critical plantar areas of the foot.Whilst significantly affecting the course of the disease, the products will aim to reduce the risk of limb loss in patients with diabetes,the most frequent cause of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IAPP
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Funding Scheme

MC-IAPP - Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)

Coordinator

STAFFORDSHIRE UNIVERSITY
Address
College Road
ST4 2DE Stoke On Trent
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 456 143
Administrative Contact
Nachiappan Chockalingam (Prof.)

Participants (4)

HOCHSCHULE MAGDEBURG-STENDAL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 220 679
Address
Breitscheidstrasse 2
39114 Magdeburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dagmar Dietrich (Mr.)
SALTS HEALTHCARE LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 35 529
Address
Richard Street Aston
B7 4AA Birmingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ian Taylor (Mr.)
TECHNOFOOTBED SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 54 432
Address
Ptda Algoros Pg 1 4
03293 Elche Alicante
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Garcia Maite (Ms.)
INDIA DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION
India
EU contribution
€ 42 455
Address
Marshalls Road 28 Egmore
600008 Chennai
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Srinivasa Raghavan Malaivaiyavoor Elaiyavalli (Mr.)