Fellows update: Brian Davis

Posted on September 26, 2016

brian davisBrian Davis was one of the inaugural fellows of the ISB.  Brian is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering the University of Akron.

Brian is a native of South Africa, and received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a master’s degree in Medicine (Biomedical Engineering) from the University of Cape Town.  He received his Ph.D. from Penn State University in 1991.  Brian was a lecturer at the University of Cape Town Medical School from 1986 to 1988, and a Research Assistant at Penn State from 1988 to 1991, then was appointed an Assistant Professor, before moving to the Cleveland Clinic where he stayed until 2010, where he was an Associate Professor, Vice Chairman of the Biomedical Engineering Department, and Director of Medical Device Solutions.

His research focuses on:  (1) Diabetic Foot Ulceration: The importance of mechanical factors such as pressure and frictional forces has been established as key in the etiology of diabetic foot ulcers.  The rationale behind his research is that by quantifying localized skin loads and obtaining noninvasive measurements of tissue properties, factors leading to diabetic skin ulceration will be more fully understood.  (2) Prosthetic sockets and liners:  The target is to improve transfemoral prosthetic comfort by optimizing the thermal properties of the liner and socket polymer components.  (3) Biomedical sensors: Development of sensors to assess connective tissue disorders.  He has received research grants from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Whitaker Foundation, American Diabetes Association, The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, US Department of Defense, Aircast Foundation, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.  In addition he has received funds from many industry sponsors.

Brian is currently the Principal Investigator on a project funded by the state of Ohio aimed at commercializing sensors for diagnosing connective tissue disorders.  He is also leading an educational program named “BEST Medicine” that encourages middle and high school students to develop interests in engineering, science and technology, particularly as these relate to designing novel medical devices.

From 1995 to 2009 Brian was a member of the ISB Executive Council, was the Newsletter Editor 2001-2003, and from 2005 to 2007 served as the President.  He was also a co-organizer of the 2005 ISB Congress in Cleveland, Ohio.

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