15th annual conference cements University's international research reputation

"Staffordshire University has an international profile for its biomechanics research and we have recently been selected to undertake new research with partners in India which is aimed at improving health outcomes for people suffering with a range of foot conditions."

Professor Nachi Chockalingam

Injuries in sport, complications associated with diabetic foot and advances in footwear are among subjects for discussion at the Staffordshire Conference on Clinical Biomechanics.

Taking place at Staffordshire University this week, the annual conference provides a platform for sharing new research and is attended by academics and health practitioners worldwide.

Conference Chair Professor Nachi Chockalingam said: “This is the 15th consecutive conference which provides opportunities for professional debate and analysis of issues surrounding a wide range of topics.”

“Staffordshire University has an international profile for its biomechanics research and we have recently been selected to undertake new research with partners in India which is aimed at improving health outcomes for people suffering with a range of foot conditions.”

The project, announced recently by the UK-India Education and Research Initiative, was one of just 10 successful health bids for funding against stiff competition.

Prof Chockalingam added: “We received some positive feedback on our application and the ultrasound based technology that we are developing  will ultimately improve outcomes for people living with painful foot conditions not only in India and in the UK world wide. In addition the results of this project will increase the knowledge about how ultrasound assessment of the foot tissue can be used by clinicians to better manage patient care.”

“This is a two year project and will involve our Indian collaborators, SASTRA University, in Tamil Nadu visiting the University’s specialist biomechanics facilities and working with our expert team at Staffordshire University.”

Notes to editors: For more information on the conference visit the conference website. For interviews with Professor Chockalingam, call Staffordshire University Press Office on 01782 294375.

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