Wearable Technology and Its Clinical Application - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Tue, Mar 29

Speaker: Bijan Najafi (Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science; faculty candidate)

Title: Wearable Technology and Its Clinical Application

Abstract: There's no doubt that proper preventive care can be employed to save significant sums of money down the road in the health care reform. If everyone in America saw their doctor regularly, millions of serious illnesses could be diagnosed early on, and much less money would be spent on expensive procedures that would be considered to have a catastrophic cost to the patient. A key challenge towards achieving this goal is scarce clinical resource and high associate cost for regular clinical visiting. Therefore, new cost effective tools should be developed for early diagnosis of illnesses and preferably without the need for visiting clinical centers. Rapid advances in technology of body worn sensor, wireless communications and networking technologies, linked with advances in computing and medical technologies, facilitate the development and offering of emerging mobile systems and services in the healthcare sector. This could further lead to diagnostic in‐home monitoring to ascertain subject at risk and subsequent targeted rehabilitation/intervention (much as a holter monitor is used to diagnose cardiac abnormalities in real life situations). The purpose of this lecture is introducing the application of such novel technologies in the areas of biomechanics, motor learning/neurorehabilitation, elderly care, diabetes care, and outcome evaluation of therapeutic intervention.

Bio: Dr. Najafi is currently an Associate Professor (Tenure Track) of Biomechanics at the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory in the Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research (CLEAR) at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (North Chicago, IL, USA). He has over a decade of experience in the development of ambulatory devices based on body-wearable sensor technology integrated with biomechanical model of human body for human movement analysis, and in particular, in the evaluation of risk of falling and fall prevention among elderly subjects. He has been involved in various multidisciplinary and national/international projects on characterizing changes in moving ability in terms of type of pathology: osteoarthritis, balance, pain and movement disorder, etc. He is also an invited expert at the European network in fall prevention in elderly people (ProFANE) and member of several professional associations in orthopedics, biosignal processing and neuroscience.
Prior to joining Rosalind Franklin University, he was a research fellow with the Harvard NeuroMotor Control Lab, Lecturer, and senior researcher with the Laboratory of Movement Analysis and Measurement (LMAM) in the Swiss Federal Institute of technology (EPFL), where he received his PhD in the field of Biomedical Engineering.

During his research career, he was the author and co-author of more than 40 peer review publications with more than 700 citations as well as more than 150 scientific abstracts, co-editor of symposium on "Technology for Foot Wounds in Diabetes" for the Journal of Diabetes Science & Technology, co-editor of International Journal of Engineering (IJE) and reviewer for more than 20  international journals such as Diabetes Care, Gait & Posture, Journal of Biomechanics, IEEE transactions on Biomedical Eng., IEEE signal processing letters, IEEE transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Eng., journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development (JRRD), Achieves of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, and Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Host: William Z. Rymer