Our Focus

Our mission:

  • As part of the Integrative Physiology Laboratory (IPL), the Integumentary Management Laboratory focuses on seeking cure and preventative strategies for integumentary disorders, specifically chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers and diabetic ulcers. This lab contains two major research tracks: clinical and bioengineering. Our research studies use state-of-the-art non-invasive devices, including laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF) and white light reflectance spectroscopy systems to measure skin blood flow and tissue oxygenation at sites at risk of wound. Our clinical track studies use LDF and spectroscopy to monitor changes in blood flow and tissue oxygenation through the course of wound formation and treatment strategies; while our bioengineering track studies focus on different signal processing techniques for LDF and spectroscopy signals.

 

  • Our current studies focus on seeking perfusion biomarkers in people with acute spinal cord injury who are at extremely high risk of ulceration. We also aim at finding the relationship between the biomarkers and changes in autonomic function.