Speakers

  • Amit Gefen

    Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Tel Aviv University

  • Brian Lepow

    Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

  • Dot Weir

    Wound Clinician / Consultant, Saratoga Hospital Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine

  • Leila Cuttle

    A/prof, Nhmrc Cdf Research Fellow, Head Of Qut Burns And Trauma Lab, Queensland University Of Technology

  • Michael Woodward

    Senior Geriatrician, Austin Health

  • Penney Upton

    University of Canberra | Centre for Research and Action in Public Health

  • Pia Winberg

    CEO & Chief Scientist, Venus Shell Systems | CEO, PhycoHealth | Honorary Fellow, University of Wollongong

  • Sarah Coghill

    Infectious Diseases Physician, Lismore Base Hospital

  • Suzanne Kapp

    Researcher, University of Melbourne

  • Zena Moore

    Professor, Head of School Of Nursing & Midwifery, RCSI and Director of The SWaT Research Centre

Amit Gefen

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Tel Aviv University

Prof. Amit Gefen received the B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Tel Aviv University in 1994, 1997, and 2001, respectively. During 2002-2003 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He is currently a Full Professor with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of Tel Aviv University and the Herbert J. Berman Chair in Vascular Bioengineering. The research interests of Prof. Gefen are in studying normal and pathological effects of biomechanical factors on the structure and function of cells, tissues and organs, with emphasis on applications in chronic wound research. In 2007-2008 he was a visiting scientist at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, where he developed tissue-engineered model systems to study pressure ulcers. To date, Prof. Gefen published more than 240 articles in peer-reviewed international journals, many of which on mechanobiology, cell and tissue biomechanics, with applications that are mostly in chronic wound prevention.

He was awarded the best paper awards by journals such as Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing and Medical Engineering & Physics. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Biomechanics (published by Elsevier), and has also edited several books (published by Springer and others), and several Special Issues in journals such as the Annals of Biomedical Engineering, Journal of Biomechanics, Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering and more. He is also editing a book series on Mechanobiology, Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials (published by Springer), and has served as an Associate Editor or at Editorial Boards of several international journals which are ranked at the top of his field, e.g. PLoS One, the Annals of Biomedical Engineering, the Journal of Biomechanics, Medical Engineering & Physics, Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, the Journal of Tissue Viability, Ostomy Wound Management and the Journal of Wound Care, to mention a few. In 2015, he was awarded the Editorial Excellence Award by the Annals of Biomedical Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering Society in the USA. Prof. Gefen has been the President of the European Pressure Ulcer Society (the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, EPUAP, www.epuap.org) in 2013-2015. He is a member of the World Council of Biomechanics, a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering and the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering, and a Trustee of the International Society of Pediatric Wound Care.

Prof. Gefen was awarded the Pressure Care career award by the World Union of Wound Healing Societies in 2016, the Experienced Investigator Award of EPUAP in 2017 and the Otto Schmitt Career Award of the International Federation of Medical & Biological Engineering (IFMBE) in 2018 for “exceptional contributions to the advancement of the field of medical and biological engineering”. Prof. Gefen had visiting professorship appointments and fellowships in multiple UK universities including Cambridge University (the Isaac Newton Institute), University of Southampton (Distinguished Fellowship through the Royal Academy of Engineering) and the University of Huddersfield, as well as at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium. He is the founder and chair of the conference series – Wound Care: From Innovations to Clinical Trials. His research has been funded for example by the European Commission (EC), the Israel Science Foundation, Israeli Ministry of Health, Ministry of Science, Ministry of Defense and national as well as international corporates. Prof. Gefen is advising and reviewing for the top-tier scientific journals such as the Lancet, and for funding bodies worldwide including the EC. He also serves as a scientific advisor to the global medical device industry.

Brian Lepow

Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

Brian Lepow, DPM is a board-certified podiatric physician practicing in Houston, Texas specializing in Diabetic Foot Amputation Prevention and Limb Salvage. He is an Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy and he maintains staff privileges at all major medical institutions in the Houston area. Dr. Lepow earned his medical degree from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine in Miami, Florida. He completed his surgical residency training at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, where he served as chief resident in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. Following completion of his residency program he served as Fellow in Diabetic Limb Salvage and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Arizona under the guidance of Dr. David Armstrong. It was during his fellowship that Dr. Lepow became acutely aware of the need for early diagnosis and formation of aggressive treatment plans in diabetics with lower extremity complications. He plans to dedicate his participation at the Baylor College of Medicine towards improving patient outcomes in our immediate and extended communities.

Dot Weir

Wound Clinician / Consultant, Saratoga Hospital Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine

Dot has been a registered nurse many years, and has practiced ostomy and wound care since 1980. She is board certified by the WOCNCB and the ABWM. She spent most of her career practicing in Orlando Florida, and in 2017 she relocated to New York and has recently joined the Saratoga Hospital Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine.

Leila Cuttle

A/prof, Nhmrc Cdf Research Fellow, Head Of Qut Burns And Trauma Lab, Queensland University Of Technology

Leila Cuttle is leader of the Tissue Repair and Translational Physiology Program at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation and the head of the QUT Burns and Trauma Laboratory at the Centre for Children’s Health Research in Brisbane, Australia. Her burns research over the past 17 years has included: the assessment of novel wound healing therapies, strategies to reduce pain/anxiety for distressing medical procedures, and developing evidenced-based guidelines for burn prevention. Her current research focusses on understanding the biochemical, physiological and pathological changes during burn wound injury and healing, to develop better diagnostics and therapeutics for burn patients.

Michael Woodward

Senior Geriatrician, Austin Health

Michael Woodward AM has major interests in wound research and heads the wound clinic at Austin Health, where he is Director of Aged Care Research. He was President of AWMA (now Wounds Australia) 2006–2010, and was awarded AWMA Fellowship in 2010, as well as Life Membership of AWMA Victoria in 2013. He was an inaugural Board Member of Wounds Australia, serving from 2015-2017, and Chair of the Australian Wound Management Research Foundation 2012-2017, and is now Chair of the Wounds Australia Research Committee. He also has Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, where he has chaired several training committees, of the Australian Association of Gerontology and of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine.

Penney Upton

University of Canberra | Centre for Research and Action in Public Health

Dr Penney Upton is Associate Professor in Health at the University of Canberra. A Chartered Psychologist, she is also Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Penney has worked in both community and clinical settings. Her research spans three main areas: evidence based practice, changing health behaviours, and quality of life/wellbeing. She has a particular interest in patient reported outcomes, and is skilled in the development of psychometrically sound measures. Penney has published widely on the impact that living with chronic illness and long-term conditions has on quality of life and wellbeing, and is on the editorial board of the International Encyclopaedia of Quality of Life and Wellbeing Research published by Springer in 2014 (currently under revision). She is also co-author (with Professor Dominic Upton) of the textbook ‘Psychology of Wounds and Wound Care in Clinical Practice’, which brings together the evidence on the psychological impact of both wounds and wound treatment.

Pia Winberg

CEO & Chief Scientist, Venus Shell Systems | CEO, PhycoHealth | Honorary Fellow, University of Wollongong

Pia has worked across sustainable marine industry development and academia for the past 20 years. Her focus has gone from research to applied technology development in integrating marine food production systems with the environment, to deliver potent nutritional benefits to society. Nutrition and food is a key opportunity for a transition to a more sustainable future, and the oceans are a platform that can deliver on that if approached wisely.

Seaweed is the biggest aquaculture crop globally and has a value of close to $12B. Integrating seaweed and marine systems ecology into industrial processes is an opportunity for sustainability and nutritional outcomes that are aligned with the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals. Added to our mainstream food chain, seaweed could contribute significantly to reducing malnutrition in impoverished countries, as well as chronic diseases related to western diets, including obesity which now rivals starvation. I will present the case for marine food production including seaweed, in contributing to our basic food intake in the west… for everyone… every day.

Sarah Coghill

Infectious Diseases Physician, Lismore Base Hospital

Dr Sarah Coghill is an Infectious Diseases Physician working at Lismore Base Hospital and providing an infectious diseases service to the Northern Rivers area of NSW. Sarah is passionate about the provision of high quality infectious diseases advice and support for regional Australia and is involved in all aspects of infectious diseases work including inpatient and outpatient consultation services, infection prevention and control, antimicrobial stewardship and providing training and teaching for junior medical staff. Sarah grew up in Melbourne and undertook training in infectious diseases in both Victoria and Queensland. Sarah currently lives in Ballina with her husband, large dog and horse.

Suzanne Kapp

Researcher, University of Melbourne

Dr Suzanne Kapp is a clinical researcher at The University of Melbourne and Northern Hospital. Her current program of research focuses on leg ulcer and pressure injury management and prevention. Suzanne has clinical and research experience across the acute, community and residential aged care setting. She has particular interest in conducting research and translating outcomes to enable patients to be active and engaged in their management and care.

Zena Moore

Professor, Head of School Of Nursing & Midwifery, RCSI and Director of The SWaT Research Centre

Zena is a registered nurse, who holds a PhD, a FFNMRCSI, an MSc in Wound Healing & Tissue Repair, an MSc in Leadership in Education, a PGDip in Wound Healing & Tissue Repair and a Diploma in Management. Zena is the Chair in Nursing at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), is Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery at RCSI and is Director of the Skin Wounds, and Trauma (SWaT) Research Centre at RCSI. Zena’s area of research interest is Wound Healing & Tissue Repair and she has published over 200 articles, guidelines, consensus documents and book chapters in this field. Zena is a trustee of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, where she is Chair of the Scientific Committee. Zena is an Honorary/Adjunct Professor at Ghent University, Cardiff University and Monash University.