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Silvia Caggiari awarded €5k from the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel

Published: 11 April 2018
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We are delighted to announce that Silvia Caggiari, a EPSRC PhD candidate, based in the Skin Health Group in the Clinical Academic Facility has been awarded €5k from the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) Research Committee to fund a collaborative research project. The EPUAP funding is to facilitate face-to-face meetings of collaborators from Southampton and the University of Grenoble.

Silvia will be paying several visits to the Laboratory TIMC-IMAG Institution, in the Medical Faculty in Grenoble, under the supervision of Professor Yohan Payan, to study fundamental machine learning to complement her PhD project: "Identifying robust algorithms to Monitor Patient mobility in the Community: an indicator of developing pressure ulcers"

 

The fundamental machine learning will support her research to develop a predictive algorithm to identify both the range and frequency of movements of vulnerable individuals supported on a mattress or chair for prolonged periods. It is intended to evaluate the performance of the algorithm on data acquired from clinical colleagues, who manage both patients in the community and a specialised group of spinal cord injured patients (a project associated with Sarah Fryer, a Clinical Academic PhD student). A successful algorithm would provide an early warning system to those individuals at risk of developing pressure ulcers.

 

Notes for editors

EPUAP's mission is to provide relief for persons suffering from, or at risk of, pressure ulcers, through research and the education of the public and by influencing pressure ulcer policy in all European countries towards an adequate patient centred and cost effective pressure ulcer care. The EPUAP has produced an academic text book on pressure ulcers and developed guidelines for pressure ulcer prevention and treatment that are used all over Europe. Priorities for the next decade are:

• To assist with implementation of the guidelines in different countries and to update the guidelines where necessary.
• A growth of the society and increased representation across Europe to improve the visibility of EPUAP.
• To strengthen the research profile and play an important role in awareness and education.

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