The Executive Committee of DFSG announces a new research project “Prevention of the First Ulcer”

We would like to invite young academics/clinicians/scientists to come to together with the aim of writing a grant application for a research project on “Prevention of the First Ulcer”.

Background:
Diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) is known to be a severe complication of Diabetes. Recurrence rate is high, leading to additional costs to health care providers and patients.

Many efforts to lower primary and recurrence rates have been seen, however there are very few studies focusing on the primary prevention of the very first ulcer with the aim of preventing the DFU and its sequelae entirely.

Furthermore, due to the difficulties in stratification of low-risk from moderate or high-risk patients, and the need to protect the foot, studies are often limited. Therefore there are very few proven DFU primary prevention programs and in turn there is paucity of information for their economic benefit.

Current Call:
The DFSG is now initiating a group of young academics/clinicians/scientists to work on the field of “Prevention of the First Ulcer” with the aim to define patients at risk and to evaluate the ulcer incidence in high-risk, middle and low risk group.

The Executive Committee of DFSG has agreed to support the project with a grant, which will be used to bring the group together a few times, as we feel it is valuable to meet eye to eye for maximum commitment and inspiration.

Project Vision:

Once applicants have been selected, the group will meet to discuss different ulcer-preventive interventions for neuropathic and neuro-ischaemic patients at risk and with no current or historical DFUs, with respect to for example psychological and/or behavioural risk factors, protective footwear and ongoing systematic foot checks vs. standard care  (depending on setting & regional differences).

The value-based agenda will be used to define potential outcomes and cost effectiveness with the completion of a hierarchy of outcomes and their cost e.g. models for prediction of transition from the condition from being ulcer free or a historical DFU to the uninfected DFU, infected DFU, limb loss, healed DFU and death.

This will lead to a grant application to test the models.

Application Process:
Successful applicants will be supported by a group of multi-disciplinary mentors with a profound understanding of the diabetic foot. If you are a young academic/clinician/scientist with an interest in the research project “Prevention of the First Ulcer“ and scientific experience we invite you to apply for this group.

Applications can be sent to:  Klaus Kirketerp-Møller and Anna Trocha on Opens window for sending emaildfsg@dfsg.org

The Application should include:

  •  Short CV
  • Contact details
  • Short motivation

Closing Date: 30.6.2018

Successful applicants will be notified no later than the 30th of July and the first meeting of the young scientist and their mentors will take place at the DFSG meeting 2018 in Berlin.