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UofA’s SALSA Take Top Honors at Research Symposium
The University of Arizona Department of Surgery’s Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), came away with top honors at this week’s American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopaedics and Medicine Research Symposium in Orlando, Florida. Their research, focusing on structure, function and outcomes of their now familiar “Toe and Flow” team in treating complications of diabetes was awarded first place in the abstract competition. Janice Clark, SALSA Fellow and first author on the work was enthusiastic, “I am grateful to ACFAOM and to the organizers. The work that is going on in Arizona is so exciting and it is an honor to be a part of it.” Clark’s study revealed a much higher level of complexity of patients than had previously been reported in the literature. “About three quarters of these patients had significant vascular disease. This, coupled with kidney disease and their loss of sensation makes this population with diabetes at enormously high risk for high-level amputation. That’s why it takes a team to make a difference.” The study, coauthored by SALSA’s Manish Bharara, PhD and senior authors Professors Joseph L. Mills and David G. Armstrong is part of a larger SALSA registry designed to collect long-term outcomes data in amputation prevention efforts.