Dr William M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine Research Sweeps 2010 Awards for the American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions

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Lower extremity research at the Dr William M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine was given an unprecedented recognition by the American Diabetes Association for their upcoming Scientific Sessions in Orlando, FL. Three abstracts were selected for oral abstract presentation. Two of the abstracts were scored as the top two abstracts and received the prestigious Marvin E. Levin, MD Travel Scholarship to the meeting. This is first time there has been this much representation from one unit since the formation of the Foot Council back in 1987.

“We were very surprised, honored, and proud of this level of recognition for our uniquely interdisciplinary work. It is now beginning to get recognized with these prestigious awards,” notes director Dr. James Wrobel

Foot care research at the Dr Wm M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science was given an unprecedented recognition by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for its upcoming Scientific Sessions in Orlando, FL. Of the eight oral abstracts to be presented in the foot session, three abstracts were from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine’s Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research (CLEAR) researchers.

Two of the abstracts received the highest scores and received the prestigious Marvin E. Levin, MD, Travel Scholarship to the meeting. This is first time there has been this much representation from one unit since the formation of the Foot Council back in 1987.

The top two awards were given to Bijan Najafi, PhD for his work entitled, “Incorporating Standing Time into Physical Activity Assessment of Patients at Risk of Diabetic Foot Ulceration,” and Laura Shin, BS (DPM/PhD student), for her work entitled, “The Contribution of Bone Marrow-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells to Diabetic Wound Healing.”

The third abstract selected was from Stephanie Wu, DPM, for her work “Geographic Variation of the Biofilm using PCR.” This is the third year in a row for Dr. Wu’s work to be selected for the prestigious oral abstract session. This streak is also believed to be unprecedented.

“We were very surprised, honored, and proud of this level of recognition for our uniquely interdisciplinary work. It is now beginning to get recognized with these prestigious awards,” said Dr. James Wrobel, Director of CLEAR. “It is also extremely timely that we learn of this news.”

Professor Andrew Boulton, FRCP, MD, MRCP, MB, was on campus April 21 to serve as a keynote speaker for the symposium “Current Advances at Scholl College for Treating the Diabetic Foot,” celebrating Dr. Terence Albright’s commitment and vision in research as the retiring Dean of Scholl College. Dr. Boulton was the principal lecturer during the formation of the Foot Council in 1987.    

About Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is a national leader in interprofessional medical and healthcare education, comprising the Chicago Medical School, College of Health Professions, Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

There are more than 16,000 RFUMS degreed graduates in the United States and worldwide.

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