April 2013

Researchers investigate intelligent textiles

The Qatar National Research Fund in Doha announced in March an award of $2 million to an international group of researchers in the US and Qatar.

The scientists are examining the use of new technology incorporated into specially made socks designed to decrease foot ulcer risk in individuals with diabetes.

Researchers from the University of Arizona (UA) Department of Surgery’s  Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) and Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP) in Tucson will collaborate with those at the Hamad Medical Corporation in Doha, Qatar, to investigate the “smart” socks, which are made from intelligent textiles that use fiber optics and sensors to monitor foot temperature, pressure, and joint angles, alerting clinicians and sock wearers to developing problems.

The new projects are part of ongoing UA research funded by the Qatar National Research Fund using wearable sensor technology to assess the impact of physical activity on wound healing in people with diabetes.

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