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ROHO Scientific Advisory Board

At ROHO, quality and efficacy are key foundations of our business. To ensure that our products are in line with the most current research, we have put extensive resources into forming and maintaining the ROHO Scientific Advisory Board. This esteemed group of subject matter experts and their research help drive our company efforts from research and development through training and education.

The ROHO Scientific Advisory Board, chaired by Dr. Amit Gefen is an elite team of academic, scientific, and clinical leaders in the area of pressure ulcer and deep tissue injury research.

Dr. Amit Gefen

Dr. Amit Gefen received a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Tel Aviv University in 1994, 1997, and 2001, respectively. During 2002-2003 he was a post-doc at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a Full Professor with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of Tel Aviv University. His research interests are in studying normal and pathological effects of biomechanical factors on the structure and function of cells, tissues and organs, with emphasis on applications in chronic wound research.  In 2007-2008 he was a visiting scientist in Eindhoven University of Technology, where he developed tissue-engineered model systems to study pressure ulcers.

To date, Dr. Gefen has published more than 150 articles in peer-reviewed international journals, many of which are on chronic wounds and their prevention, and he has also edited several books.

Dr. Gefen is currently editing a book series on Mechanobiology, Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials, and is Associate Editor and an Editorial Board Member for several leading international journals. Dr. Gefen is currently the president of The European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP, and will serve as chairman of the ROHO Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. Dan Bader

Dr. Dan Bader is Professor of Bio-engineering and Tissue Health at the University of Southampton, UK.

Dr. Bader studied Physics at Liverpool University, followed by an MSc in Medical Physics and a PhD at Southampton University. He moved to the University of Oxford Orthopaedic Engineering Center, where his research focused on engineering aspects of pressure ulcer prevention. He later moved to Queen Mary, University of London, as a lecturer in biomaterials, and later was appointed Professor of Medical Engineering in the Department of Engineering.

Dr. Bader’s research interests include: the translation of bioengineering solutions in the prevention of pressure ulcers; quantifiable imaging of soft tissues; biomechanical conditioning of cell seeded constructs for tissue engineering; and cell/tissue biomechanics in health and disease.

Dr. Bader has published over 150 referred scientific papers and edited three books. Since 2000, he has been a Part-Time Professor in Soft Tissue Remodeling in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands and, more recently, a Visiting Professor in Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the University of Malaya. In 2006, he was elected onto the World Council of Biomechanics. In 2010 he was elected as a Trustee of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP).  In 2011 he earned the Experienced Investigators Award from the EPUAP.

Dr. Joyce Black

Dr. Joyce Black is an Associate Professor in the Adult Health and Illness Department at University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), College of Nursing, and she is a member of the Skin Wound Advisory Team at UNMC. She has taught undergraduate classroom and clinical instruction in medical surgical areas and critical care, and has done graduate instruction in Pathophysiology. Dr. Black has received awards from UNMC and the College for her teaching.

Her research areas of interest are in wound healing, specifically in pressure ulcers, deep tissue injury and intertriginous dermatitis.  Dr. Black’s dissertation examined the patient and wound factors that contributed to healing or non-healing of diabetics with pressure ulcers. She is certified in wound healing, plastic surgical nursing and is a Fellow in the American Professional Wound Care Association. Dr. Black is the past President (2006-2007) of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel  and is chairman of the NPUAP’s task force to redefine pressure ulcer staging.



Dr. Dave Brienza

Dr. David Brienza is Professor and Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives and Planning in the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, with additional professorial appointments in the Dept. of Bioengineering and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University.  Dr. Brienza earned his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Brienza currently serves as Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Telerehabilitation and the RERC on Spinal Cord Injury. He is the former Director of the RERC on Wheeled Mobility. He has worked in the fields of telerehabilitation, wheelchair R&D, pressure ulcer prevention, and seat cushion and support surface R&D since 1987. Other activities and interests include exercise equipment, intellectual property and personal injury law.

Dr. Brienza serves on the Board of Directors of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP). Within NPUAP he has chaired the research Committee. He is a former Board member of the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association of North America. He is appointed as Adjunct Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China.

Dr. Cees Oomens

Dr. Cees Oomens is Associate Professor in Biomechanics and Continuum mechanics. He studied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology and obtained his PhD at University of Twente in Enschede, Netherlands in 1985, studying the mechanical behavior of skin. Currently his research is focused on damage and adaptation of soft biological tissues. A hierarchical approach is used ranging from studies on cultured cells, tissue engineered constructs of muscle and skin to in-vivo animal studies and human studies. Theoretical models include convective and diffusive transport processes in deforming structures and interaction with growth, synthesis and damage development. Application fields are the modelling of cardiac tissue, remodeling of heart valves and blood vessels, multi-scale modelling of cartilage, skin mechanics and skin rejuvenation. A major application field is the study of the aetiology of pressure ulcers. His goals are to develop an objective method to identify patients at risk of developing a pressure ulcer and to develop techniques for early detection of deep tissue injury.

In September 2009 Dr. Oomens was elected as president of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP), serving as president until September 2011. He is co-author of the text book “Biomechanics: Concepts and Computation,” (2010, Cambridge University Press), with Marcel Brekelmans and Frank Baaijens.

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