International research project takes step forward

"The project itself is novel and it builds on our existing research work at Staffordshire University. We have been working on protecting the foot in various clinical conditions such as diabetic foot and rheumatoid arthritis. The end product of this project will be a clinical tool that can help doctors assess the foot pathologies early with a view to treat them effectively."

Professor Chockalingam, Director of Centre for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Technologies

Biomechanics experts from Staffordshire University have welcomed scientists from India to explore the next steps in a ground-breaking research project

UK India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) started in April 2006 with the aim of enhancing educational links between India and the UK.

One of the successful applications for the programme in 2017 was a project titled “Ultrasound based assessment of tissue biomechanics to enhance the clinical management of foot related pathologies” led by Professor Nachiappan Chockalingam of Staffordshire University, UK and Dr Rajappa Muthaiah of SASTRA University, India.

This project started in October 2017 and this is the first visit by the Indian team. Professor Chockalingam, Director of Centre for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Technologies, said “We are excited to receive colleagues from India and it is a great opportunity for our staff and students to meet with them to understand socio cultural differences.

“The project itself is novel and it builds on our existing research work at Staffordshire University. We have been working on protecting the foot in various clinical conditions such as diabetic foot and rheumatoid arthritis. The end product of this project will be a clinical tool that can help doctors assess the foot pathologies early with a view to treat them effectively.”

Associate Professor Dr Chatzistergos, who coordinates this project on behalf of Centre for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Technologies, added “This project focuses on developing a novel ultrasound based imaging tool that will help doctors with an early diagnosis foot related clinical conditions and diseases. Scientists from Staffordshire will contribute to the development of clinical technologies and the SASTRA team will develop the computing algorithms for effective analysis of images”.

  • Over the years the UKIERI programme has strengthened  educational relations between the two countries and been successful in covering all segments of the education sector.

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