Zimi Sawacha - assistant professor

Zimi Sawacha earned a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering (2000- project and development of a strain gage force platform) and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (2007) at the University of Padova, with a thesis on bioengineering applied to diabetic foot prevention.
In 2001 she worked as research fellow at Helen Hayes Hospital CRT (New York, USA) under the supervision of Mary Wotten and Stephen Sprigle, working on a NIH grant, “Optimizing Posture, Trunk Control and Reach of Wheelchair Users”.
She then did one year as research fellow at Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli (Bologna) in order to develop a new protocol for children’s gait analysis. She has been with the School of Bioengineering, University of Padova (2007- up to now).
She has been research investigator in national and international projects: the European Project “Myheart”, 6° Program (2004-2006); PRIN 2007 “Mobility assessment, age and physical activity related mobility variations assessment of adults through ambulatory and daily living monitoring“ (2007-2009), Progetto di Ateneo “Diabetic foot prevention through biomechanics analysis and custom foot orthotics”(2009-2011), Progetto di Ateneo “Development of a multi-physics diabetic foot model for plantar ulcers prevention in diabetic subjects” (2014-2016).

She is reviewer for several international journals. She has been teaching classes of Bioengineering of Movement, in the Master degree of Biomedical Engineering, and in the Master and Bachelor degrees of Kinesiology at the University of Padova (Italy), from 2004 up to now.
She is member of the Italian Society of MOtion Analysis in Clinic (SIAMOC), she is member of the Consensus Conference on Clinical Gait Analysis promoted by the same society, and she is the Conference’s President of the same society for the 2015 edition in Padova (Siamoc 2015).

Her scientific production includes more than 100 publications published in peer-reviewed journals and international conference proceedings.
Her research activity, in cooperation with national and international scientific institutions, mainly concerns the human movement analysis and biomechanics, orthopaedics and sports science applications.

She takes part as a co-author of a patent for industrial invention (2017 - Metodo ed apparato per rilevare parametri biomeccanici e funzionali del ginocchio).

Contact: sawacha@dei.unipd.it
Webpage: www.dei.unipd.it/~sawacha

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Fabiola Spolaor - research fellow
Fabiola Spolaor got her Master Degree in Science and Technique of Preventive and Adapted physical activity -University of Padua- (2008-Surface electromyography analysis in diabetic foot prevention-) and a PhD (2013- Application of Surface Emg in diabetic disease) at the PhD school on Clinical Medical and Experimental Science, section Neuroscience, at the same university.

Her research activity regards mainly the use of surface electromyography as tool to evaluate muscular activity both in clinical and sport subjects. In 2010 she won the second place of SIAMOC young research award, (one week to Hospital del Niño Jesus – Comunidad de Madrid).

Before attending the PhD school, she had 1 years of experience in the gait and postural analysis research at the Laboratory of Movement Analysis, Dept. of Information Engineering, University of Padua.

She is first author and coauthor of several papers and abstracts published in peer-reviewed journals and international conference proceedings concerning diabetic, post-stroke and ankylosing spondylitis subjects’ gait and posture abnormalities. She’s actually member of Interuniversity Centre of Bioengineering of the Human NeuroMusculoskeletal Sistem.

She takes part as a co-author of a patent for industrial invention (2017 - Metodo ed apparato per rilevare parametri biomeccanici e funzionali del ginocchio).

Contact: fs.crocetta@gmail.com

 

Annamaria Guiotto - research fellow

Annamaria Guiotto got her Master Degree in Bioengineering -University of Padua- (2008- Role of the biomechanics variables in the analysis of foot morphology for diabetic foot diagnosis) and a PhD (2013-Development of a gait analysis driven finite element model of the diabetic foot) at the PhD school on Information Engineering, section Bioengineering, at the same university.

Before attending the PhD school, she had 2 years of experience in the gait and postural analysis research at the Laboratory of Movement Analysis, Dept. of Information Engineering, University of Padua. During the PhD she has been visiting student for 6 months at the Centre for Health, Sport Rehabilitation Sciences Research, University of Salford, Manchester (UK) under the supervision of prof. CJ Nester.

Her research activity regards mainly the clinical movement analysis of diabetic subjects and the biomechanical modeling of the foot. In 2009 she won the SIAMOC best thesis award.

She is member of the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB) and its Italian chapter, of the International Foot & Ankle Biomechanics Community (iFAB) and of the Italian Society of Gait Analysis in Clinic (SIAMOC), and she has been in the Organizing Committee of the Conference of same society for the 2015 edition in Padova (SIAMOC 2015).

She is first author and coauthor of several papers and abstracts published in peer-reviewed journals and international conference proceedings concerning diabetic, post-stroke and ankylosing spondylitis subjects’ gait and posture abnormalities. Since 2015, she is the elected Junior Fellows representative of the InterUniversitary Center of Bioengineering of the Human Neurommusculoskeletal System.

She takes part as a co-author of a patent for industrial invention (2017 - Metodo ed apparato per rilevare parametri biomeccanici e funzionali del ginocchio).

Contact: guiotto@dei.unipd.it

Webpage: www.dei.unipd.it/~guiotto

Claudio Cobelli - full professor

Claudio Cobelli received the Doctoral degree (Laurea) in Electrical Engineering in 1970 from the University of Padova, Padova, Italy. From 1970 to 1980 he was a Research Fellow of the Institute of System Science and Biomedical Engineering, National Research Council, Padova, Italy. From 1973 to 1975 and 1975 to 1981 he was Associate Professor of Biological Systems at the University of Florence and Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Padova, respectively. In 1981 he becomes Full Professor of Biomedical Engineering at University of Padova. From 2000 to 2009 he has been Chairman of the Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering. From 2000 to 2011 he has been Chairman of the Ph.D. Program in Bioengineering at the University of Padova. His main research activity is in the field of modeling and identification of metabolic systems; in recent years his interests were also devoted to human movement analysis and biomechanics. His research is currently supported by NIH, JDRF and European Comunity. He has published 450 papers in internationally refereed journals, co-author of 8 books and holds 11 patents. He is currently Associate Editor of IEEE Transaction on Biomedical Engineering and Journal of Diabetes Science & Technology. He is on the Editorial Board of Diabetes and Diabetes Technology &Therapeutics. Dr.Cobelli has been Chairman (1999-2004) of the Italian Biomedical Engineering Group, Chairman (1990-1993 & 1993-1996) of IFAC TC on Modeling and Control of Biomedical Systems and member of the IEEE EMBS AdCom Member (2008-2009). He has been a member of the Gruppo di Esperti della Valutazione (GEV), Area 09, of the Agenzia Nazionale per la Valutazione del Sistema Universitario e della Ricerca (ANVUR) for the period 2011-2013. He is President of the Organo di Indirizzo of the Azienda Ospedaliera Universita’ di Trieste. In 2010 he received the Diabetes Technology Artificial Pancreas Research Award. He is Fellow of IEEE, BMES and EAMBES.

Contact: cobelli@dei.unipd.it

Davide Pavan - PhD student

Davide Pavan got his Bachelor Degree in Human Movement Sciences at University of Padua (2015 - Élite rugby players motion analysis during the tackle: technique and injury prevention), and his Master Degree in Sports Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University (2017 - Development of internal hockey stick structure for maximum performance). Currently is a PhD student at PhD school on Information Engineering at the University of Padua (Evaluation of task-specific ACL injury risk, using kinetic and kinematic data integrated with finite element simulation).
His research activity regards mainly the motion analysis of athletes for injury prevention and technique enhancement, and the biomechanical modelling of the knee.
In 2017 he won the student travel award by De Luca Foundation (travel expenses support for ISB conference - Brisbane).
Before attending the PhD school, he had 2 years of experience in the gait and postural analysis research at the Laboratory of Movement Analysis, Dept. of Information Engineering, University of Padua.
He is member of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB), of the European Society for Motion Analysis in Adult and Children (ESMAC), and of the Italian Society for Clinical Motion Analysis (SIAMOC).
He is first author and co-author of abstracts and papers published in peer-reviewed journals and international conference proceedings concerning athletes’ performance enhancement trough motion analysis, injury prevention in sports and Parkinson disease subjects’ gait and posture abnormalities.
He takes part as a co-author of a patent for industrial invention (2017 - Metodo ed apparato per rilevare parametri biomeccanici e funzionali del ginocchio).

Federica Cibin - collaborator

Federica Cibin got her master degree in Bioengineering at University of Padua (2016 - Development of a prevention and screening tool for “on the field” ACL injury in rugby players based on kinematics and plantar pressure).
After 1 year of post-graduation traineeship at the Laboratory of Movement Analysis, Department of Information Engineering, University of Padua, she is now a collaborator in the same laboratory.
Her research activity regards mainly the motion analysis for injury prevention and performance evaluation in athletes.
She is member of the Italian Society of Gait Analysis in Clinic (SIAMOC). In 2017 she won the SIAMOC conference attendance grant.
She is first author and co-author of papers and abstracts published in peer-reviewed journals and international conference proceedings concerning athletes’ performance enhancement and injuries prevention through motion analysis and plantar pressure distribution.
She takes part as a co-author of a patent for industrial invention (2017 - Metodo ed apparato per rilevare parametri biomeccanici e funzionali del ginocchio).

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