1st Transatlantic Wound Science and Podiatric Medicine Conference

NUI Galway has just hosted the 1st Transatlantic Wound Science and Podiatric Medicine Conference in the Galway Bay Hotel on the 9th-11th of October 2014. The conference was a tremendous success enjoying a fabulous attendance of approximately 300 people across the 3 day event. Overall feedback from delegates and exhibitors has been very positive indeed with many commenting on the excellent line up of speakers and presentations, the fantastic venue, great organisation and the overall the inspiring educational experience the conference created.

The three days of the conference each had a different theme with experts from different fields presenting interesting relevant lectures for the delegates. The speakers came from a wide range of specialisms including podiatry, endocrinology, microbiology, dermatology, tissue viability, psychotherapy, regenerative medicine as well as research and education. All topics were informative, thought provoking and highlighted developments and challenges faced in the various fields. The 2nd Transatlantic Wound Science and Podiatric Medicine Conference will be held in New York in 2015 and promises to be another exciting event.

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The REFORM Study

Falling is a common problem in people over 65 with about half of people over the age of 80 experiencing a fall each year. The REFORM study aims to determine whether or not improved podiatry care can help reduce the number of falls in older people as well as exploring other risk factors involved with falls. The study will take three and a half years to undertake but each participant is only required for 24 months.

The study has been organised by the University of York and is funded by the Department of Health as part of the ‘National Institute of Health Research’ Health Technology Assessment programme. NUI Galway is one of a number of centres involved in data collection and hopes to recruit a large volume of participants for the study which needs over 1700 participants.

NUI Galway have utilised their close relationship with Merlin Park Podiatry Clinic and have contacted each patient over the age of 65 who receives treatment from the clinic. Participation is completely voluntary but due to the good relationships developed with the patients in receipt of care from the clinic we anticipate a strong uptake for participation. The study should be finished by 2016 and will undoubtedly unearth some interesting findings.