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Dr. Najafi has a broad background in bioengineering, with specific training and expertise in biomechanics, movement science, fall prevention, wearable tech, frailty, outcomes reseach, and rehabilitation, over 200 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals or conference proceeding with more than 2900 citations, five issued patents and seven pending patents, and has been PI or a key investigator on over 35 industrial, national and international grants ($35M+).
Dr. Najafi has worked with a wide network of clinical and bioengineering collaborators across the globe primarily in the clinical areas of falls, frailty, gait, cognitive impairment, stress management, outcomes evaluation, exercise science, healthy aging, diabetes and elderly care. He is a Professor (with Tenure) with University of Arizona, Department of Surgery; and Director of the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP). He has had the opportunity to mentor 150+ postdoc, research fellows/interns, graduate, undergraduate, premed, and medical students, several of them received prestigious awards from their achievements while working in his team.
Dr. Najafi is also serving as Editor, Associate Editor, and guest editor for several scientific journals including Section Editor for Gerontology, ‘Regenerative and Technological Section’, Journal of Surgery, and Journal of American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA). He is serving as chair of research operation at the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), a collaborative clinical and research alliance dedicated to advancing care of the diabetic foot and preventing amputations in North America and worldwide.
Dr. Najafi has served as the PI for translating several innovative technologies for remote heath monitoring and movement assessment including several wearable and mHealth technologies for activities monitoring, gait analysis, balance assessment, automatic fall detection (PAMSys™, LEGSys™, BalanSens™, ACTIVPers™, etc), patient adherence (PAMTag™), and various technologies for foot problems management including prevention of diabetic foot ulcers (SmartSox Novinoor, SurroSens Orpyx, SmartMat Podimetrics, etc).
Dr. Najafi's significant clinical and applied research interests in biomechanics, motion tracking, and wearable tech offer a unique opportunity to develop and contribute to this project and our group’s specific goals in furthering understating in this area. Specifically, for the purpose of this grant, he will provide his mentorship skill, research expertise, bio-engineering, wearable sensors technologies, motion tracking, and informatics background to this project.