Drs. Talal K. Talal, Bijan Najafi and David G. Armstrong were honored for a decade of interdisciplinary research collaboration dedicated to preventing amputation in people with diabetes in concert with the Qatar Foundation. It is considered as the highest research recognition in the nation.
It was the fruit of a collaborative effort between Hamad Medical Co (HMC), Baylor College of Medicine, and USC. These efforts led by Drs Najafi (BCM), Talal (HMC), and Armstrong (USC). It helped to accelerate translation of wearable technologies and digital health to address some of the most devastating complications associated with diabetic foot including foot ulcers, neuropathy, and poor balance. The team designed and validated several innovative wearable technologies for this purpose including SmartSox an innovative smart textile to identify risk factors associated with diabetic foot ulcers, a game-based wearable platform to provide personalized foot and ankle exercise to patients with diabetic foot, a wearable electrical stimulation platform to improve balance and plantar sensation, and a wearable device to manage the dosage of safe activities for patients with plantar ulcers to speed up wound healing.
Drs Najafi and Talal received this award on the behalf of Prof. Armstrong (who participated by video) from Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF).