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PhD position at Amsterdam UMC (the Netherlands): biomechanical load-capacity modeling

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  • PhD position at Amsterdam UMC (the Netherlands): biomechanical load-capacity modeling

    We are looking for a highly motivated PhD researcher for the project “Biomechanical Load Capacity Modeling of Diabetic Foot Disease (DIALOAD)”, within the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Amsterdam UMC, location AMC, the Netherlands. The aim will be to obtain your PhD degree.

    People with diabetes may develop foot disease, resulting in serious complications, such as foot ulcers. These can lead to lower-extremity amputation. Amsterdam UMC is a world-leading clinical and research facility for the treatment and prevention of foot ulcers. Foot ulcers are often caused by high mechanical pressures on the foot. Offloading these pressures is key to treatment and prevention. The aim of DIALOAD is to develop a comprehensive load-capacity model of ulcer development and treatment in people with diabetic foot disease. This model is based on biomechanical and behavioural profiles, including advanced measurements of plantar pressures, daily physical activity level and treatment adherence. This load-capacity model will be developed in two populations: those at high-risk of foot ulceration (prevention) and those with a current foot ulcer (treatment). In these participants, biomechanical and behavioural profiles will be established and then associated with clinical outcomes of ulcer development and healing. Additional research questions will focus on the potential for personalized interventions for these patients and improved communication, as well as advanced gait assessment in real-life settings.

    As PhD student you will be responsible for the daily organization and execution of the projects, consisting of (among others): setup of the project, patient contact, inclusion, and measurements, data management, data analysis and reporting in scientific papers and a PhD thesis. You will be part of a multidisciplinary team of (human movement) scientists and clinicians from Amsterdam UMC (both AMC and VUmc locations), VU University in Amsterdam (Human Movement Sciences) and ZGT hospital in Almelo. You will be supervised by and closely collaborate with members of this team.

    This project is part of the Amsterdam UMC research line “Lower-extremity biomechanics and injury prevention in health and disease” by Sicco Bus. A focus of the research within this specialization is on prevention and treatment of lower-extremity complications of diabetes, with an emphasis on their biomechanical, gait, physical activity, and treatment adherence components. This research line is closely linked to the clinical centre of expertise on diabetic foot disease and offers unique multidisciplinary research opportunities.

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    Jaap van Netten
    Senior researcher
    Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam, dept Rehabilitation, Amsterdam Movement Sciences, Amsterdam, the Netherlands