Understanding the demographics of diabetes related ulcers and amputations (UNDERSTOOD)

About this project

Although publicly available datasets provide an overall picture of diabetes, it has little or no information relating to the complications and particularly no data on amputations or mobility related assistive devices.

There is a clear need for collecting structured and patient focused data during screening at a primary care level. This, in addition to helping to reduce the complications of the disease, will help to understand the assistive technology needs of these patients. This Project aims to gather this data which will help us formulate effective health policy and practice tailored to country specific demographics. The areas that we will explore as a part of this project relates to the type and duration of diabetes and the characteristics of its complications.

Lead researcher


Professor Of Clinical Biomechanics

As Professor of Clinical Biomechanics, I direct the Movement Analysis Laboratory and lead the biomechanics team and research at Staffordshire University. I am also an Affiliate Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta

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In collaboration with:

  • WHO Collaborating Centre for Diabetes Treatment and Education, Diabetes Center, Kyoto Medical Center, National Hospital Organization, Koto, Japan(Dr Shigeo Kono)
  • WHO Collaborating Centre for Research, Education and Training in Diabetes, Prof. M. Viswanathan Diabetes Research Centre Diabetes Research Centre and M.V. Hospital for Diabetes. Chennai, India(Dr Vijay Viswanathan)
  • Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta, Malta(Dr Cynthia Formosa and Dr Alfred Gatt)
  • Dr Abbas Medical Centre, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania(Dr Z Abbas)
  • Horacio Oduber Hospital, Aruba(Dr Yuri Casseres)
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