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Thursday 14th May 2015
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Podiatrists are being encouraged to apply for a new research grant, which is worth £20,000, to support innovative studies.

The URGO Foundation is offering the financial support to any healthcare professional working in the field whether they be a specialist, clinician or part of a wider multidisciplinary team.

The grant will be awarded to the applicant with the best original project relating to diabetic foot ulcers. There are a number of areas the project is looking to investigate further, focusing on both prevention and management of the condition.

One area highlighted by the URGO Foundation relates to how these painful and sometimes debilitating wounds can be better dealt with, so potential applicants may want to focus on infection management, wound debridement, training for caregivers, patient management including the wound and comorbidities or first-line dressing choice when looking into areas for research.

In addition, the body is also interested in improvement of patient compliance, epidemiological data and healthcare networks and post-amputation physical therapy.

The mission of the URGO Foundation is to extend the reach of Laboratoires URGO’s commitment to public health.

The Foundation itself focuses on three action pathways, which may help better focus research ideas:
Supporting scientific research
Accompanying therapeutic training and prevention activities
Encouraging healthcare stakeholders via grants and scientific awards

Any applicants would be part of a wider international research team, organised by the URGO Foundation, with collaborators in the UK, Spain, Germany, China, Vietnam, and Thailand. In each country a jury of experts in diabetic foot ulcers will award a grant of £20,000.

The deadline for submitting an application is 30th June 2015.

Research projects like the one supported by the URGO Foundation are important, as are the role of podiatrists, when it comes to better managing diabetic-related foot problems.

Diabetes is the one of the leading causes of lower limb amputation in the UK, and podiatry specialists are ideally placed to advise people on how to reduce their risk, and champion new research efforts.

Written by Megan Smith

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