Pedorthic Virtual Conference 2021

Speakers

They're joining us in 2021

Dr Jaap van Netten

Amsterdam UMC

Dr. Jaap van Netten is a human movement scientist from the Netherlands, specialized in clinical research on foot disease. His research focus is on the interplay between biomechanics and behaviour in the prevention of foot ulcers and amputation. This includes real-life and laboratory gait and activity analyses, communication strategies, footwear optimization and e-health solutions for disease detection and behaviour changes.

Dr. Jaap van Netten is a human movement scientist from the Netherlands, specialized in clinical research on foot disease. His research focus is on the interplay between biomechanics and behaviour in the prevention of foot ulcers and amputation. This includes real-life and laboratory gait and activity analyses, communication strategies, footwear optimization and e-health solutions for disease detection and behaviour changes.

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Chantal Hulshof

Amsterdam UMC

Chantal Hulshof, MSc, is a human movement scientist from the Netherlands. After studying medicine and completing her bachelor's, she decided to focus on the topic that fascinated her most, and to continue as researcher. Chantal is currently working as PhD-student on a project aiming to unravel biomechanical, physical activity and behavioural factors associated with diabetes-related foot disease. Pressure-reductions and adherence to wearing of custom-made orthopaedic footwear play an important role in these studies.

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Dr Von M. Homer, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biomechanics, Hx Innovations, Inc

Dr. Von M. Homer is a Co-founder of Hx Innovations, Inc. and Professor at Delaware State University in the College of Health & Behavior Sciences. Dr. Homer is an expert in Neuro-Biomechanics and holds a distinction as an Ergonomics Professional. In addition to his noteworthy research publications in Podiatry and the Medical Device industry he holds 7 patents, 2 footwear patents and 5 digital health technology patents. He has been a practicing in the field of Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics for more than 13 years including a one-year clinical appointment at the National Institutes of Health. His teaching and research interests involve lower extremity Biomechanics, Neuro-ergonomics, design and manufacture of orthopedic medical devices, robotic assistive devices, materials, computational neuroscience and footwear. Dr. Homer remains active on various university committees as well as community and industry organizations, such as the (BOC) Board of Certification/Accreditation, (ASB) American Society of Biomechanics, (PFA) Pedorthic Footcare Association, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. 

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Sayed Ahmed

Foot Balance Technology, Ease Your Motion, Southern Cross University

Sayed Ahmed is a Bangladeshi bred Australian Pedorthist, researcher and entrepreneur in the healthcare business.
His experience includes over a decade in footwear and foot care. Having a degree in footwear engineering & technology and being a C Ped CM, Sayed has travelled through fashion and orthopedic footwear domains in all operational aspects. He is also a PhD Candidate at Southern Cross University, Australia. He is currently conducting a multisite clinical trial in some Sydney hospitals to explore best clinical practices for diabetes-related foot ulcer management and prevention through appropriate footwear.

Sayed founded the pedorthic services company “Foot Balance Technology” operating from Sydney, Australia, since 2016 and has expanded the operation in Bangladesh since 2018. He is also the co-founder and Chief Operations Officer of EYM (Ease Your Motion) Pty Ltd which is an Australian Digital Health Tech company operating globally since 2021.

He has a part-time role as an Honorary Pedorthist at Dept of Health, New South Wales Govt. (the Offloading Clinic at Nepean Hospital, Sydney). Sayed also works as an interdisciplinary High-Risk Foot Services team member at St Vincent’s Hospitals Network, Sydney and War Memorial Hospital in Sydney since 2018.

He is also a committee member of the Foot Network Working Party of the National Associations of Diabetes Centres (NADC), Australia. Sayed is one of the co-authors of the High-Risk Foot Services (HRFS) standards by NADC that is the key service standard for high-risk footcare in Australia.

Sayed is a former board member of the Pedorthic Association of Australia (PAA).

He is also actively involved in academic lecturing and public speaking in his professional domains, both nationally and internationally. He has published scientific articles in some leading international journals such as Journal of the Foot & Ankle Research, JMIR mHealth and uHealth.

He was awarded as “Top 100 Healthcare Leaders” by International Forum on Advancement in Healthcare (IFAH), the USA, in 2019.

Sayed lives in Sydney with his wife Raina and son Zayyan who are excellent sources of inspiration for him and the list includes his family, friends and mentors.

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Dr Peter Lazzarini

Queensland University of Technology, Queensland Health

Associate Professor Peter Lazzarini BAppSc, PhD, is a podiatrist and Research Fellow with Queensland University of Technology and Queensland Health in Brisbane, Australia.

Pete has an emerging international track record in diabetes-related foot disease research and holds an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship. He has published >125 papers, delivered >110 (inter)national conference presentations and attracted >$3.6 million in grant funding in the field. And he serves on multiple (inter)national diabetic foot committees, including immediate past Chair of Diabetes Feet Australia and Secretary of the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot Offloading Guideline

Pete is particularly motivated by nurturing the next generation of researchers to develop policy and practice strategies that help end avoidable amputations within a generation.

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Dr Susan Nancarrow

AHP Workforce

Susan is a recovering academic and the co-founder of AHP Workforce, a consultancy that builds capacity in the allied health workforce, and co-founder of HealthWork Solutions, a company that provides geospatial workforce mapping solutions for the health workforce. She has recently published The Allied Health Professions – A Sociological Perspective, with co-author, Professor Alan Borthwick.

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Peter Bell

HealthWork Solutions

Peter is brings a unique fusion of skills in town planning, economics, data, technology, human behaviour, and business strategy are sought to guide informed decision making. Through HealthWork Solutions, Peter brings his unique demand and need modeling to guide and develop health workforce planning for a range of health professions.

Peter is also passionate about writing and supporting initiatives that break down the stigma associated with mental health and mental illness.

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Michael Jackson

Polio Australia

Michael Jackson is the Clinical Health Educator for Polio Australia. He delivers Late Effects of Polio workshops to Australian healthcare professionals in order to improve their post-polio knowledge, and to reduce the frustrations of polio survivors accessing the healthcare system.

Michael’s physiotherapy training included twelve weeks at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, California. While there, he found a calling for managing and treating complex patients with interesting stories, and spent invaluable time in the Rancho Polio Clinic.

He lives in Queensland, where he had a career in education prior to moving into physiotherapy, both careers contributing valuable experiences to his current role as a clinical educator.

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