A doctor wearing latex gloves and a medical face mask examines a patient's foot

Diabetic Foot Complication Research

The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) has formed the first ever network of six research institutions to study diabetic foot ulcers. The team is collectively called the Diabetic Foot Consortium or DFC.

“People with diabetic foot ulcers have to manage careful at-home foot care over a long time to avoid infection until the wound heals,” said Dr. Teresa Jones, NIDDK’s project scientist for the consortium. “This consortium will address a major research gap in finding ways to effectively treat diabetic foot ulcers and to prevent the risk of complicated infections and potential amputation.”

The initial studies will focus on biological clues (biomarkers).

Participating centers are University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; University of California, San Francisco; Stanford University, Palo Alto, California; University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; University of Pittsburgh; and Indiana University, Indianapolis. The University of Michigan also serves as the data coordinating center for the study. Biomarker analysis will be conducted by the Indiana University and the University of Miami.

Find out more and read the full article here: https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/first-ever-research-network-tackles-diabetic-foot-complications