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Incorporating new technological advances in wound dressings


Incorporating new technological advances in wound dressings
Cost: No Charge
Date: Thursday, October 31, 2019
Time: 11:00
Location: EOW 230
Dr. Shapoor Shayegani

Abstract: A study performed by the National Health Services (NHS) in the UK showed that the cost burden of wound management on NHS is comparable to that of all cancers combined. While most wounds go through their normal healing process and heal on their own, some wounds, especially chronic wounds- such as diabetic or pressure ulcers- can be excruciatingly painful, put a great emotional and financial burden on the patients and their families, and lead to a variety of comorbidities- such as infection, septicemia, organ failure, amputation, or even death. This presentation by Dr. Shapoor Shayegani, CEO of a Victoria-based start-up that spun off a series of research studies at UVic, will demonstrate how their company is incorporating new technological advances in wound dressings in order to reduce the risk of wound complications. In particular, this presentation will focus on the prospects of using Machine Learning, AI, and Image Processing techniques to complement the colorimetric sensing technology used in their “smart” dressing. Speaker Bio: Dr. Shapoor Shayegani graduated as a medical doctor in 2002, when he was also pursuing his passion in Information Technology. He entered into the Health Informatics program at Dalhousie University and obtained his Master’s degree in 2007. Since then he has held multiple consultations and leadership roles at various organizations, such as Alberta Health Services, Canada Health Infoway, Fraser Health, and the BC Provincial Health Services Authority. Shapoor is also an entrepreneur and has founded or co-founded three successful companies. Since 2017, he is working as the CEO of 4M BioTech, a Victoria-based startup that has raised over $1M to develop a ground-breaking “smart” bandage that can not only detect infections through a colourimetric mechanism but also releases antibiotics if an infection develops.