Academic Spotlight: Rosalind Franklin University

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Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science (RFUMS); “What We Offer Potential Partners” highlighting the Center for Lower Extremity Research

RFU has many exciting initiatives in biomedical technology and commercialization with a goal of accelerating the discovery and development of new diagnostics, devices, and therapeutics to improve the quality of patient’s lives.  We are located next door to the FHCC VA and Great Lakes NAVY medical centers and hospitals. We are aligned with MTEC as we are ready for collaboration across a large spectrum of disease states that affect the U.S. military and warfighters – MTEC’s mission.

Research at RFU is organized around centers of excellence in discovery and translational science. There are ten such centers designed to nurture collaboration among scientists and clinicians, and facilitate relationships with potential industry partners. RFU’s new 100,000 square foot Innovation and Research Park opened in January 2020. This state-of-the-art facility is designed to accelerate clinically-relevant research advances across complementary fields, including brain function and repair, stress and affective disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, cancer and immunology, genetic diseases, and proteomics and therapeuticslower extremity diseases, disorders, wound healing and will facilitate growth opportunities with industry, biotech firms and startups that are also housed in the research park.

Today we will be highlighting the CLEAR center.  The primary areas of interest include: diabetic complications of the lower extremity, biomechanics, motor learning & control, wound healing, and surgery. The clinicians and researchers of CLEAR are trained as podiatric clinicians & surgeons, biomedical engineers and kinesiologists. The faculty of CLEAR is world renowned for their work in treating and preventing lower extremity complications associated with diabetes. This work has focused on the prediction and prevention of complications as well as advanced treatment modalities of the complications. CLEAR’s health services research approaches include clinical epidemiology, regional variation of health care, and implementation.

CLEAR is also home to the Scholl College Human Performance Lab. The Human Performance Lab was designed as a state of the art facility to better understand how the human body responds to the physical environment. Its researchers are particularly interested in developing innovative tools based on miniaturized body worn sensors to characterize movement changes in response to pathology (e.g., neuropathy, osteoarthritis, balance, pain and movement disorder, etc.).


Connie Cleary, DPM; Director of Innovation & Industry Relations

Dr. Christopher Connaboy, PhD, Associate Professor

Director of the Center of Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research (CLEAR)


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