Fall 2011 Issue


News

Pioneers in Research

South Florida is saddled with one of the worst diabetic amputation rates in the nation – if not the world – and to battle the diabetic epidemic and its complications the School of Podiatric Medicine has established the Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center.

Drs. Paul and Margaret Brand are pioneers whose groundbreaking research, from Louisiana to India, made it possible for insensate patients, including those with leprosy and diabetes, to function normally despite enormous handicaps. The Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center at Barry University furthers the Brands' legacy with collaborative research to reduce diabetic foot complications including ulcers and amputations.

"The mission of the Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center is to create a world-class research site utilizing the collaborative efforts of basic and clinical sciences," said Dr. Jeffrey Jensen, dean of the School of Podiatric Medicine. "The research will result in publications in peer-reviewed journals, enhancing Barry University's academic and scholarly reputation as well as the resident and student experience at Barry."

In 2008, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties reported more than 1,500 diabetic amputations costing more than $57 million. The Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center will enable Barry professors and students to conduct research studies to identify the best treatment to promote wound healing, reduce amputations and educate the public on prevention.

"The Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center reflects the first step in Barry University's commitment to develop our recently approved Master Site Plan," said Barry University President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD. "We anticipate that our research will provide patients with diabetic foot complications in South Florida and the world with a more hopeful future."

By the year 2050, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate the number of Americans living with diabetes could grow to one in five or even one in three. Through this new research center, Barry commits itself to the battle against diabetes by providing innovative research that will help the nearly 500,000 residents in South Florida affected by this disease.

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