3rd Train-the-Foot-Trainer course

Zufiqarali G. Abbas

Institution/Company: Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences
                               United Nations Road
                                   Dar es Salaam

Short Biography: Dr. Zulfiqarali G. Abbas is a consultant physician, endocrinologist and diabetologist at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where he plays a key role in running the diabetes service, currently the largest in sub-Saharan Africa.  He completed postgraduate medical training in the United Kingdom and Tanzania, and was awarded an International Fellowship by the CDC in 2002. 

Dr. Abbas is the current chair of the Pan-Africa Diabetic Foot Study Group. He is  a founder member of the International Diabetic Foot Study Group; Executive Member of International Working Group on International Consensus and Practical Guidelines on the Management and Prevention of the Diabetic Foot; Representative of the Task Force in Implementation on Consensus on diabetic foot in Africa.  He is member of several other national and international committees aimed at enhancement of outcomes for diabetic patients with lower limb complications.  Dr. Abbas is a founder/member of various committees aimed at reducing the morbidity, mortality, and global burden associated with diabetic limb complications, and, at present, sits on the editorial board of several international peer-reviewed journals.  He was the founder personality to start Step by Step foot project with others back in 2003 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. So far he has been involved in 26 step by step foot project all over the world. 

He has published extensively on the epidemiology and clinical importance of diabetic limb complications, and was among the first to characterize the burden, microbiology, and public health implications of diabetic upper and lower limb sepsis in Africa.  He has written several book chapters and has edited a pocket book on diabetic foot for health care workers. Of note Dr. Abbas established the largest surveillance system for diabetic limb complications in Africa and has given presentations on the epidemiology and management of diabetic limb complications in both national and international scientific papers.  Dr. Abbas has led the country in highlighting the utility and rationale use of microbiology resources in the management of infections in persons with diabetes.  He is involved in several on going research projects in the field of internal medicine. 

Nadja Alikadic,

Institution/Company: Department of Surgical Infections
                               University Clinical Center Ljubljana
                               Zaloska 7, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Short Biography: Born on 9th November 1955 I study at the Medical Faculty in Sarajevo, BiH. After graduation I moved to Ljubljana, Slovenia, where I joined the staff of the Institute of Anatomy at the Medical Faculty in Ljubljana (from 1984-1985). From 1985 I was employed at the Division of General Surgery at the University Clinical Center in Ljubljana. From December 1986 I started my specialist training in general surgery, which I successfully completed at 19th October 1992. Since that time I held the position of Consultant - General Surgeon at the Department of Surgical Infections at the University clinical Center Ljubljana, Slovenia. I participate actively and regularly on international educational conferences with special interest to wound healing process and infections & surgery in Diabetic Foot. From 1st February 2015 I was appointed to the position of the Head of the Clinical Department of Surgical Infections. Since 2008, at the Clinical Department of Surgical Infections, I am also named as the responsible person for the area of clinical transplantation of autologous cultured skin cells. The most interest for me present the continues clinical practice and work with surgical patients at the Department of Surgical Infections in the University Clinical Center in Ljubljana. My paper work and contributions (personal bibliography) from 1986 until the end of 2014 are collected on COBISS-online bibliography system application http://www.cobiss.si.

Neil Baker

Institution/Company: Ispwich Hospital
                               Heath Road
                               Ispwich Suffolk, IP4 5PD

Short Biography: Mr Neil Baker- MChS FFPM RCPS(Glas), FCPodMed, D.Pod.M, BSc

 Neil Baker is a principal Diabetes specialist and Research Podiatrist at Ipswich hospital diabetic foot unit. Since there he has been pivotal in delivering a service that has managed to achieve and maintain one of the lowest amputation rates in the world for over a decade. He qualified in London and worked in several clinical specialties before leading the hospital podiatry service at Worthing, he moved to Southampton to help establish the diabetic foot service. He was a clinical tutor in the school of podiatry there also. He developed a module on the diabetic foot for the Open University and helped develop diabetic foot competencies for UK skills for health. He was a co-founder of and previous chairman of Foot in Diabetes UK (FDUK), he teaches and examines on the diabetic foot module run by Society of Podiatrists. He is active in research and has written many papers and book chapters. He is active in post graduate education around the world, and as a key opinion leader is involved in many national strategic initiatives. He has received fellowships from the college of podiatry and royal college of physician and surgeons (Glasgow). He has been involved in Step by Step training since 2005 and is a faculty member for TtFT.


Daniela Chinnici

Institution/Company: IDF

Short Biography: Daniela Chinnici is a project manager of public health programs in low and middle income countries. She is working at IDF in the Policy and Programs department for the education projects. She is in charge of the global coordination of the KiDS project (http://www.idf.org/education/kids) and member of the IDF Consultative Section on Diabetic Foot. She assisted in the coordination of the Diabetes African Foot Initiative (DAFI) phase 1.

She has a master degree in management of public health policies and programs (Rennes - France), a master degree in International development and Cooperation (Pavia- Italy) and a master degree in European project management (Venice-Italy).

From 2006 to 2012 Daniela Chinnici has developed different projects in the public health sector in the Latin America, Africa and MENA region.

Alexandra Jirkovska

Institution/Company: Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Diabetes Centre
                               Vídeňská 1958/9 
                               14021 Prague 4 
                               Czech Republic

Short Biography: Previous expertise relevant to the tasks attributed:
Since 1989 till now, I have been specializing in diabetic foot syndrome-related issues.  I am the head of the first and greatest foot clinic in the Czech republic and consultant for all diabetic foot patients in the in-patients setting in our hospital, I am also head of  the research group of 6 physicians and nurses dealing with the diabetic foot research. I was the member of Eurodiale group and still cooperate with its members and I was also member of the experts group constructing guidelines for Charcot foot management published in Diabetes Care and other journals.  I am the chairman of Executive Committee of the Podiatric section of the Czech Diabetes Society. The foot clinic has been providing comprehensive care to diabetic foot syndrome patients from all over the country. In this field, 16 grant projects (7 as the main applicant and 9 as a co-worker) were completed by chief of the group including the projects  “New approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of Charcot osteoarthropathy”, “Prevention and treatment of the diabetic foot in the model area of Prague”, “Immunologic parameters in patients with diabetic foot, their association with diabetes control and potential for their modulation” and also „Stem cell therapy in patients with ischemic diabetic foot“.

Line Kleinebreil

Institution/Company: UNFM
                               19 rue paul herbe
                               95200 Sarcelles

Short Biography: Line Kleinebreil is a GP, with M.S. in mathematics, who always had a special interest in diabetes and chronic diseases. She has been working as a clinician in both public and private sector until 2009. From 1990 to 1996 she  had a leading role in european projects such as Diabcare Quality Network and Diabcard. She was consultant for WHO European Office and one of the founders of Primary Care Diabetes Europe. Since 2000 she joined the European Georges Pompidou University Hospital in Paris where she developed distant education modules for healthcare professionals and patients. She  has been collaborating with many patient associations in France and in the francophone countries, specially in Africa. She is currently Chair of  DESG (Diabetes Education Study Group of EASD), and Vice-ppresident of UNFM (Université Numérique Francophone Mondiale) involved in many e-health and m-health programs.

Anna Korzon Burakowska

Institution/Company: Medical University
                               Debinki 7 str.
                               Gdansk 80-952

Short Biography: DATE OF BIRTH 19.07-1963 Gdansk

ADDRES Department of Diabetology and Hypertension. Regional Diabetic Centre Medical University 
80-952 Gdansk Dabinki 7c str.
tel. +48 583492604 fax, +48 583492607

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 1987-88 postgraduate training

1991 Ist degree specialisation internal diseases
1993-1995 Prince of Wales scholarship, Guy’s Hospital, London
1995- II nd degree specialisation internal diseases
1996- EASD Travel Grant King’s College London
1997 – EASD scholarship 

Nina Lyubenova Petrova

Institution/Company: King's College Hospital
                               Diabetic Foot Clinic

Short Biography: Nina Petrova is a research fellow in the Diabetic Foot Clinic at King’s College Hospital, London, UK with a special interest in the Charcot foot. She joined King’s initially as an honorary researcher (2000) and subsequently as a full-time researcher (2006 - present) and part-time PhD student at King’s College London (2007-2014).

Nina Petrova has taken a leading active role in the research of the Charcot foot in the Diabetic Foot Clinic at King’s College Hospital and has carried research projects together with Professor Edmonds and Professor Shanahan. Her work has been supported by grants from Diabetes UK, the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation and the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes.

Nina Petrova has made important observations on the Charcot foot, which she has presented at Diabetes UK, European Association of Study of Diabetes and American Diabetes Association and published in peer reviewed journals.


Belma Malanda Elesha

Institution/CompanyInternational Diabetes Federation (IDF)

Short Biography: Health Systems Management and Policy

Coordination of projects on Diabetes: Diabetes Africa Foot Initiative (DAFI project) in 10 African countries, Model approach to care for Gestational Diabetes in India...

Stephan Morbach

Institution/Company: Marienkrankenhaus
                               Widumgasse 5
                               Soest 59494

Short Biography: Dr. Stephan Morbach graduated from the University of Bonn, Germany in 1989.He is currently Head of the Department of Diabetes and Angiology at the Marienkrankenhaus in Soest, Germany. His department cares for patients with all types of diabetes and its complications, mainly for the diabetic foot and chronic Wounds of other origins. This service is organized as an interdisciplinary ward together with the Department of Interventionell and Surgical Vascular Medicine (Dr. U. Klemp). He is a Visiting Researcher with the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Düsseldorf University (Prof. A. Icks) and the German Diabetes Center, Düsseldorf.From 2002 to 2008 Dr. Morbach was Board member of the Diabetic Foot Study Group of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) and between 2005 and 2008 he served as Chairman of this society. He is also a member of the Foot Council of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and of the globally acting International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot.

Martin Perry

Institution/Company: R&M Consultancy
                              Sterling House
                              3A New Street
                              HR8 2DX

Short Biography: Martin has been a member of Ledbury Rotary Club in the UK for 15 years. Ledbury is a small market town west of London near the Welsh border about 1 hours driving time from Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff.
The Rotary Club has been working with IDF for many years on the StepbyStep and more recently the Train the Footcare Trainers diabetic footcare projects in the Caribbean. The club has successfully  applied for matching grants from The Rotary Foundation to help finance the running of the projects, including the purchase of equipment, with the medical expertise being provided by IDF. Martin is part of the Rotary Club’s Footcare Committee and has given talks on the project to many clubs and 
meetings. Away from Rotary, Martin is a pharmacologist specialising in toxicology. He runs his own 
consultancy business in Ledbury working for a wide variety of pharmaceutical companies of all sizes assisting them in product development.

Oleg Udovichenko

Institution/Company: Outpatient Center #22
                               Festivalnaya street 22-7-26
                               Moscow 125581

Short Biography: Since 2001 - member of Diabetic Foot Study Group of European Association for Study of Diabetes (EASD).

In  2002 maintained dissertation with theme “Clinical and morphological features of diabetic Charcot neuroarthropathy”. 

Main scientific fields of interest: possible prediction of wound healing time, microbiology of diabetic foot ulcers, follow-up results of endovascular interventions, affective disorders in patients with diabetes, organization of healthcare system in diabetic foot care field and others.

In 2010 was elected for 4 years to the Executive Committee of the Diabetic Foot Study Group of the EASD 

International educational activity: 

Faculty member of:

EASD Postgraduate course in Diabetology (St. Petersburg, Russia, May 2007) 

The Charcot Foot Course, http://charcotfootcourses.org/ (Rheine, Germany, July 2014)

Publications (incl. Abstracts): 102 (37 in English).
12 books/brochures, 32 articles and 20 abstracts were published in Russian

Vilma Urbancic

Institution/Company: University Medical Center
                               Zaloska 7
                               1000 Ljubljana

Short Biography: Dr. Urbančič started to work in the University Medical Centre Ljubljana – Department of Endocrinology in 1988. Beside working at the in-patient diabetes unit, where she was particularly interested in the management of diabetes in the intensive care unit and in critically ill patients, her field of interest has been, from the very beginning, the diabetic foot. She started an out-patient diabetic foot clinic at University Medical Centre Ljubljana in January 1990. Since 1996, she has organized 15 diabetic foot training courses for nurses and physicians. She is a founding member of Diabetic Foot Study Group of the EASD. From 2005 to 2009, she served as Scientific Secretary of DFSG. She is also an active member of International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot and took part in the preparation of the International Consensus on the Diabetic Foot. She was a member of the 
programme committee of the EASD in 2004 and a member of the editorial board of the publication Diabetes and Foot care – time to act.

Kristien Van Acker

Institution/Company: Diabetologist centre sante des Fagnes, Chimay
                               Rue des Monts 43

Short Biography: Kristien Van Acker completed her internal medicine/ diabetology training in 1989 at the University of Antwerp. Where she founded in the same year the first multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot Clinic for Belgium.Dr Van Acker finished her PhD thesis at the same University in 2001, titled "The Diabetic Foot a Challenge for Policy Makers and Health Care Professionals”. 

For more than 10 years she was active and the stimulating power behind national preventive programs in her country. She was several times awarded for this innovative work.In 2005 she was instrumental in setting up the first 22 recognized diabetic foot clinics in Belgium, based on the system of governmental reimbursement.For already  more than a decade she is a respected teacher at the High Education School of Podiatry in Gent.

Since 2001 Dr Van Acker has gained extensive experience in the field of diabetic foot education  in developing countries. As active IWGDF Representative she was heavily involved as faculty member of the so-called "Step-by-Step" programs and chaired many courses throughout the world. Together with the Step-by-Step Development and Research Group (SSDRG) she founded and chaired the Train-the-Foot-Trainer projects, which were recently very successfully executed in Brasilia for the SACA region and in Tobago for the Caribbean region.

She is (co-) author of many peer reviewed articles, book chapters and books, of which the IDF WDD publication "Time to Act, Put feet first" in 2005 was widely raved throughout the world. She was in the board of “Eurodiale” group.

She has been involved with the twinning program in Senegal, Dakar since 2001. She is a consultant of the Tropical Institute in Antwerp, Belgium and a lecturer on  “Public Health” and “ Chronic disease management” matters. She is interested in and a promoter of data-collection  and e-Health.

She has been a member of many boards, notably as longstanding Vice-Chair of the IDF CS/IWGDF and the DFSG Europe. Today she is the Chair of the International Working Group and the chair of the  Consultative Section of the Diabetic foot of International Diabetes Federation (IDF).

She is clinically active as diabetes consultant and runs outpatient multidisciplinary diabetic foot clinics in her country.(  today: Centre Santé Des Fagnes , Chimay).

Arend Jan Woittiez

Institution/Company: Ziekenhuisgroep Twente
                               De Zilvermeeuw 1
                               PO BOX 7600
                               Almelo 7600 SZ

Short Biography: Dr Arend Jan Woittiez (1952) was graduated to MD at University Utrecht in 1977. After military services he started training for Internal medicine in 1978 at Erasmus Medical Centre , Rotterdam. From 1983-1985 he was trained for nephrologist and intensivist. In 1985 he started to work as Chief of the Dept of Intensive Care at Twenteborg Hospital , Almelo. In 2000 he was appointed as Chief of the nephrology unit at Ziekenhuis groep Twente (Almelo/Hengelo). In 2012 he became medical manager of the Medical School of Ziekenhuisgroep Twente (ZGT Academy), and was also trained as teacher for the educational courses of the Wenckebach Postgraduate Medical School of University Groningen.
Dr Woittiez published more than 60 scientific papers, mostly in the field of nephrology, intensive care medicine and hypertension. His special interest for more than 25 years is causes and treatment of renovascular disease. From 2015 he will be working for both the ZGT Academy and for the Wenckebach Institute, as well for the ZGT d.