University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
Dr Loretta Vileikyte, MD, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Medicine, University of Manchester, UK and Research Associate Professor, University of Miami, USA, has been active in clinical research of diabetic foot complications for over 25 years, focusing on the interplay between biomedical and psychosocial/behavioral aspects of diabetic neuropathy and its late sequelae- foot ulceration. In collaboration with her psychology and diabetic neuropathy colleagues from UK and USA she’s designed and led several large scale multicenter/multidisciplinary transatlantic research projects. She and her colleagues developed a neuropathy and foot ulcer-specific quality of life instrument (NeuroQoL), which is being used in studies, such as the EDIC (the DCCT follow-up). She has held the first joint American and British Diabetes Association grant to develop an instrument for assessment of patient cognitive/emotional representations of neuropathy as a risk factor shaping foot self-care. Furthermore, she led a collaborative (Manchester/Miami) NIH study that investigated the effects of psychological stress on diabetic foot ulcer healing, which generated one of the largest foot ulcer tissue biomarker databases and provided preliminary data for yet another successful NIH grant application examining the cortisol synthesis enzyme, CYP11B1, as tissue biomarker for diabetic foot ulcer healing. In recognition of her innovative research, she has lectured at major international diabetes, psychology and wound healing conferences.
Wednesday, May 8
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM