EWMA grants for innovative DFU projects supported by Urgo Medical

In 2020 EWMA and Urgo Medical partnered to support two grants available to healthcare professionals working in diabetic foot care worldwide. The goal of this initiative was to offer support to innovative projects to improve diabetic foot ulcer prevention and management.

Proposed projects should be focused on innovation in DFU prevention and management. Projects may be submitted by any researchers, healthcare professionals working in the field: specialists, caregivers, multidisciplinary teams, etc. The deadline for submitting applications was 20 February 2021.

The grant receivers are announced below.

Grant receivers

EWMA is pleased to announce and congratulate the two candidates who have been selected to receive the EWMA grants for innovative DFU projects supported by Urgo Medical. 

We look forward to following these two exiting projects, aiming to support improved management of the diabetic foot.


In the early-in-career category: Mrs Carole Guex (RN), Wound Specialist, Switzerland

Project title: Diabetic foot ulcer patients and clinicians’ experiences of Care Transitions from Hospital to Home – a Qualitative Study

Carole Guex is a lecturer for undergraduate students (BSc) at the School of Health Sciences, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, Geneva, Switzerland. She is also employed as wound expert (inpatient and outpatient clinic) at the Etablissements Hospitaliers du Nord Vaudois, Yverdon, Switzerland

In the senior career category: Prof Rob Fitridge (MBBS, MS, FRACS), Professor of Vascular Surgery, Australia

Project title: Improving telemedicine delivery for people with diabetes-related foot complications using Augmented Reality (AR)

Prof Rob Fitridge (MBBS, MS, FRACS) is Professor of Vascular Surgery at University of Adelaide, and consultant Vascular Surgeon with the Central Adelaide Local Health Network, where he is also Head of the Multi-Disciplinary Diabetic Foot Service he co-founded in the mid-1990s. Prof Fitridge has extensive clinical and research experience in endovascular repair and in the management of chronic complex wounds - particularly in diabetic patients. He is a member of the International Working Group for the Diabetic Foot, as well as the steering committee for the Global Guidelines for Chronic Limb-threatening Ischaemia (CLTI), and has also contributed to the GLASS anatomical staging system and to the ESVS Acute Limb Ischaemia guideline. He is also managing editor for Mechanisms of Vascular Disease: A Textbook for Vascular Specialists, now in its third edition.

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