Chronic wounds affect more than 6 million patients annually in the United States. The treatment for these wounds is on the rise due to an aging population and an increase in conditions such as diabetes and obesity. Dr. Sandeep Gopalakrishnan, UWM College of Nursing Assistant Professor, is working to improve chronic wound healing for patients in Southeastern Wisconsin through collaborations with clinical partners and researchers.
Current treatment strategies for wound management typically lead to a lengthy period of invasive, painful, expensive, and frequently ineffective efforts. Gopalakrishnan has been working to help form interdisciplinary teams that include physicians, engineers, scientists, doctoral and undergraduate students who collectively are working to understand and improve the science of chronic wound healing. The teams are working to develop, evaluate and integrate novel therapeutic treatments in animal models and human studies but also create artificial intelligence and machine learning platforms for mobile devices that allow for tracking wound healing and predicting care plans.
Work of this nature requires practitioners and researchers to come together in full collaboration and doing so can sometimes take years to form the right team. Gopalakrishnan states, “Having collaborating clinicians has been a tremendous help in moving the science forward. Dr. Jeffrey Niezgoda and his staff at AZH Wound and Vascular Center are the perfect matches for our team to explore clinical studies, as shown through their innovation and desire to improve the science of wound care.”
All of the projects are made possible by exciting collaborations between UWM College of Nursing, College of Health Science and College of Engineering and Applied Sciences colleagues as well as the clinical partner agency AZH Wound and Vascular Center.