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Scientific Advisory Board Members are invited speakers at the upcoming NPUAP focus meeting

Scientific Advisory Board members are invited speakers at the upcoming NPUAP focus meeting

BELLEVILLE, Ill., November 7, 2016 — Two key members of the Permobil Scientific Advisory Board will be part of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) Research Symposium, “The Perfect Storm: Microclimate, Pressure and Shear Forces in Pressure Injuries,” November 9, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Invited speaker David Brienza, PhD, professor and associate dean of research at the University of Pittsburgh, will present his soon-to-be-published paper, entitled “Understanding the Clinical Effects of External Loading on Tissue Deformation in Humans.” This study was sponsored by Permobil. He will discuss in vivo MRI studies and how to understand tissue loading and effects of intensity of forces on tissue responses. This recent study indicates that the use of an air-cell-based cushion tends to be associated with less displacement compared to the other cushions.

Dan L. Bader, BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc, professor of bioengineering and tissue health, faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, UK, is the second invited speaker. His presentation, “The Problem with Shear — the Science” will describe the mechanisms of shear leading to tissue deformation and damage from an engineering perspective.

Permobil pioneered industry-academic partnerships in the wheelchair cushion industry, breaking new ground in scientific discoveries with the first Scientific Advisory Board. The internationally acclaimed researchers and clinical board members are recognized leaders in advancing the science of pressure injury prevention, setting international guidelines and influencing public policy.

“We are pleased that two of our Scientific Advisory Board members have been invited to share their findings with the NPUAP. We believe in the importance of the work these researchers are engaged in. It is one of the reasons we formed the noteworthy Scientific Advisory Board. Their efforts help lead the thinking and advance the science of pressure injuries. We are honored to be associated with them,” explained Kara Kopplin, senior director of efficacy and research for Permobil.

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) serves as the authoritative voice for improved patient outcomes in pressure ulcer prevention and treatment through public policy, education and research. The focus meeting is currently sold out, with over 150 attendees currently registered. For more information on the NPUAP in general, contact Jennifer Bank by emailing her at


Permobil has been committed to enhancing the lives of the physically challenged for over 40 years. ROHO, a business unit of the company, fosters independence for individuals with disabilities through the relentless advancement of shape-fitting, tissue protection solutions, so they may overcome everyday challenges and explore life without compromise.

Founded in Sweden, Permobil has its North American headquarters in Lebanon, Tennessee. Permobil acquired ROHO, the global leader in skin protection and positioning solutions for individuals with disabilities, in April 2015 and TiLite, a leading manufacturer of innovative and customized manual wheelchairs, in May 2014. More information regarding Permobil’s storied history and complete product line may be obtained at Permobil’s portion of the site.

“Every disabled person has the right to have his or her handicap compensated as far as possible by aids with the same technical standards as those we all use in our everyday lives.”
— Permobil’s founder, Dr. Per Uddén, 1967


Patti Eischen
Marketing Manager
Efficacy and Special Projects
ROHO, Inc.
1-800-581-3499 ext.3517

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