From wearable robots to stem cells to 3D printed shoes: International Experts Team to Prevent Amputations at DFCon15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              Contact:  Pam Landaiche
March 21, 2015                                                             
Internationally renowned experts on diabetes and the diabetic foot met March 19-21, 2015, at the thirteenth Diabetic Foot Global Conference (DFCon) in Los Angeles, CA.  Specialists from 40 U.S. states and 37 foreign countries came together to collaborate and gain further insights into latest advances in preventing amputations resulting from diabetic complications.
“Fear of amputations is something many diabetic patients live with; however due to the dedication of professionals in our field, we are now able to prevent over 95 percent of amputations.  DFCon affords professionals the opportunities to advance their own understandings of these cutting-edge medical practices,” said Conference Co-Chairman George Andros, MD.  Dr. Andros is a vascular surgeon and medical director of the Amputation Prevention Center at Valley Presbyterian Hospital (Van Nuys, CA), and founding partner of Los Angeles Vascular Specialists.
Dr. Andros founded DFCon in 2005 along with fellow co-chairman David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD, professor of surgery and director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, AZ. They, along with course director, Joseph L. Mills, Sr, MD, brought together nearly 40 internationally renowned experts from seven countries to serve on the DFCon faculty.  Dr. Mills is professor of surgery, chief vascular and endovascular surgery, and co-director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine (Tucson, AZ).
“Over the years, DFCon has become one of the leading global conferences on the diabetic foot and diabetic complications. Our multi-faceted format offers more than 50 presentations, panel discussions, symposia, video sessions, and hands-on workshops, ensuring participants leave here fully equipped to bring these insights back home and incorporate them into their practices,” said Dr. Armstrong.
Highlighting the Friday agenda, the 2015 Edward James Olmos Award for Advocacy in Amputation Prevention was presented to Nicolaas Schaper, MD, a renowned physician, educator and international expert on the diabetic foot and wound management.  The award is presented annually to physicians who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to diabetic limb salvage. Dr. Schaper is head of the Division of Endocrinology of the Maastricht University Hospital and founder and coordinator of the European Research Consortium on the Diabetic Foot.  The annual award is named after the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated actor, who was on hand for the presentation.
Live broadcasts of educational sessions held during the meeting were broadcast worldwide by Portal Education, and video will be streamed on the DFCon website at
Attendees also had the opportunity to experience first-hand the latest products and technologies from more than 45 pharmaceutical, medical device makers and other companies present at the meeting. An astonishing array of technologies ranging from stem cell therapy, to medical tattoos to wearable exoskeletons were presented by the world’s top researchers.
Valley Presbyterian Hospital is the presenting sponsor of the conference. International Conference Management managed and produced the meeting. CPME accreditation was provided by ICM and ACCME and ANNC accreditations were provided by Ciné-Med.
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