Conference Program

Monday, 15 October 2018




Conference Opening and Welcome Address
Amit Gefen, Israel I Conference Chair


Session I:
Setting the Stage for Translational Work in Wound Care
Chairperson: Nick Santamaria, Australia


The Global Clinical Trial Crisis
James Nolan, InClinica, USA
  • A general industry perspective on clinical trials, and wound care clinical trials, globally
  • The importance of labeling when developing a clinical strategy
  • Key approaches companies must have to succeed during clinical trials
Clinical and Cost/Effectiveness of Pressure Ulcer Prevention using Prophylactic Silicone Dressings
Nick Santamaria, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Strength of the evidence supporting the use of multi-layer silicone dressings to prevent hospital acquired pressure ulcers.
  • Strength of the cost/effectiveness evidence for the use of dressings to prevent pressure ulcers.
  • The importance of only using dressings to prevent pressure ulcers.
Decision Making and Technology in Wound Care - Challenges and Opportunities
Raymond Samuriwo, Cardiff University, UK
  • What do we know about how health and social care professionals make judgements and decisions about how to use technology and other innovations in wound care.
  • A case study of the factors that influence the manner in which nurses make judgements and decisions about the use of technology in wound care.
  • Directions for future research on decision making with regards to the use of technology in wound care.


 Coffee Break, Poster Viewing and visit the Exhibition


Session II:
The Path from Academic Research to Technology
Chairperson: Yohan Payan,


Biomechanical Modelling of the Human Leg under Elastic Compression
Stephane Avril, University of Lyon, France
  • How to perform patient-specific Finite-Element (FE) predictions of the human calf response under elastic compression?
  • What are the main biomechanical effects of elastic compression on soft tissues of the legs and on the veins?
  • What does it tell us on vein hemodynamics and microcirculation in the lower limb?

Real-Time Computer Modeling in Prevention of Chronic Wounds
Yohan Payan, University Grenoble Alpes, France 

Biomechanical Modelling of the Foot to Prevent Pressure Ulcer in Clinical Routine
Antoine Perrier, Podologue, France


Sponsored Symposium
The Biophysics and Pathophysiology of Sub-Epidermal Moisture
Symposium Supported by Bruin Biometrics (BBI)

Amit Gefen, Tel Aviv University, Israel


Lunch Break, Poster Viewing and Visit the Exhibition


Session III:
The Role of Bioengineering in Technology Development
Chairperson: Dan Bader,

Mechanics of the Ageing Skin
Georges Limbert, University of Southampton, UK | University of Cape Town, South Africa

The Mechanics of Skin and Soft Tissues
Sam Evans, Cardiff University, UK 

How Medical Devices Potentially Create Pressure Ulcers 
Dan Bader, University of Southampton, UK

  • Are MDRPUs adequately recorded?
  • What are the critical design features which minimize the risk for MDRPUs?
  • Is there a minimum refractory period for medical device application?


Coffee Break, Poster Viewing and Visit the Exhibition


Session IV:
Opportunities & Challenges in Introducing New Technology Concepts in Wound Care
Chairperson: Malin Andersson,

A Novel Approach for Primary Closure of Deep Tissue Pressure Injuries by Combining the TopClosure® Tension Relief System and Regulated Oxygen-enriched and Irrigation Negative Pressure-assisted Wound Therapy in a Simplified Surgical Procedure
Moris Topaz,
IVT Medical, Israel
  • Novel method for primary closure of deep tissue pressure injury.
  • Re-assessment of reconstructive ladder.
  • Advantages of primary closure. 
Advancing the Use of Low Friction Fabric Technology in Design of Support Surfaces and Medical Devices

Nick Garner, Apa Parafricta Ltd, UK 

Predictors and Incidence of Pressure Injuries in Total Artificial Heart and Ventricular Assist Device Surgeries. Can Lipidomic Markers be a Future Diagnostic Tool?
Tod Brindle, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Accelerating value-adding Innovations through Multi-disciplinary Partnerships in Pressure Injury Prevention
Malin Andersson, Molnlycke Health Care, Sweden

 16:30 End of Day One

Tuesday, 16 October 2018




Session V:
The Latest Science Informing Research & Development
Chairperson: Meital Zilberman,


Soy Proteins as a New Biomaterial with Applications in Wound Healing
Meital Zilberman, Tel Aviv University, Israel

  • Various soy protein based structures can be used as biomaterials for wound dressing application
  • Controlled release of drugs and hemostatic agents form these structure is beneficial to the field of wound healing
  • The formulation parameters as well as process parameters strongly affect the wound dressings' function and properties
Monitoring Microclimate Conditions between the Body and Support Surfaces
Peter Worsley, Southampton General Hospital, UK


Cellular Injury and Membrane Disruption in Pressure Ulcer Models
Lisa Tucker-Kellogg, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore


 Coffee Break, Poster Viewing and Visit the Exhibition


Session VI:
Medical Devices in Wound Care - How and Where to Improve?
Chairperson: Martin Burns,


Our Latest Translational Work in Pressure Ulcer Prevention
Amit Gefen, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Mechanobiology is poorly addressed in the context of pressure ulcer prevention
  • Manipulating cell mechanostructures and dynamics is the next-level evolution of PUP technologies
  • Medical devices or consumables that passively or actively deform cells and tissues can be redesigned to enhance cell and tissue tolerance to loads
Prevention and Treatment of Wounds and Ongoing Challenge to Translate Basic Science to Products and to Clinical Implementation Pathways
Laurent Roche, Hartmann Group, Germany and 
Hans Smola,
Hartmann Group, Germany
  • Overview of current research and development trends in academia in regard to a spectrum of research and technologies in the wound prevention and care field
  • Potential opportunities for transfer of technologies that are still at the research lab phase into medical technologies and products
  • Needs and technological gaps in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all wound types

PU Prevention is now a reality, at-scale, and in-year. What we've learned since 2009. Implications for patients, practitioners, providers, payers, the care pathway and research
Martin Burns, Bruin Biometrics, USA


Lunch Break, Poster Viewing and Visit the Exhibition


Session VII:
Clinical Implementation of New and Emerging Technologies
Chairperson: Amit Gefen, Israel

Topical Oxygen in Wound Healing
Paul Hayes, University of Cambridge, UK


Immune-Secreted Proteases and Chronic Wound Healing
David Granville, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Role of proteases in chronic wound pathology
  • Role of immune-secreted granzymes in wound pathology
  • Novel therapeutic approach for non-healing wounds
Advances in Chronic Wounds Monitoring with Biomedical Sensors
Valentina Dini, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Biosensors in clinical practice
  • Correlation between pH and bacterial load
  • The role of wound temperature in tissue repair


Coffee Break, Poster Viewing and Visit the Exhibition


Session VIII:
Advanced Wound Therapy
Chairperson: Evan Call,


Advanced Wound Therapy in Pediatric Patients
Anna Barbara Schlueer, University Children's Hospital Zurich, Switzerland

Determining the Useful Life of Dressings for Prevention by Means other than Fluid Handling Capacity
Evan CallEC-Service, USA
  • Dressings experience a series of mechanical and chemical forces that change the dressings properties throughout the time of use.
  • Dressings used in prophylaxis experience a different aging process than a dressing used in treatment of a wound.
  • This test method mimics the series of mechanical and chemical forces seen in typical prophylaxis.

Bioimpedance Measurement Based Method and Measurement System for Monitoring Chronic Wounds
Atte Kekonen, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
  • Bioimpedance measurement fundamentals
  • The bioimpedance measurement system and the electrode dressing for monitoring wound healing
  • Pre-clinical, clinical results and the future work

Classification of Support Surfaces (SSs) - A Need for Reassessment in Pressure Ulcer (PU) Prevention
Hannu Saarinen,
Carital Group, Finland and 
Esa Soppi, M.I.T. Consulting, Finland

Conference Closing & Abstract Award Presentation
Amit Gefen
, Israel I Conference Chair