Bijan Najafi, PhD, M.Sc.

Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP)

Dr Najafi is currently serving with the University of Arizona, Department of Surgery, Department of Medicine, and Department of Biomedical Engineering (Tucson, USA) since April 2012. He serves as Associate Professor of Surgery and the Director of interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP), member of Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), member of Arizona Center on Aging, Associate Member of Arizona Cancer Center, and scientific advisory board member of Arizona Arthritis Center. He received a Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Applied Biomechanics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Tech (Lausanne, Switzerland), and in Neuroscience at Harvard University, Neuromotor Control Lab.

He has over a decade experience in designing bio-inspired sensors for objective evaluation of healthy state of patients with locomotor dysfunctions, over 150 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals or conference proceeding with more than 2000 citations , four patents and seven pending patents, and have been PI or a key investigator on over 30 industrial, national and international grants. He worked with a wide network of clinical and bioengineering collaborators across the globe primarily in the clinical areas of falls, frailty, gait, cognitive impairment, and diabetes and diabetic foot ulcers.

His unique expertise is the translation of wearable sensors for more accurate movement assessment of patients in their natural environment where they're the most comfortable and active. His goal, which he shares with his iCAMP colleagues, is to better understand how people move through their environment. In this way, he believes we may be able to fundamentally change the way we objectively measure quality of life for people across disciplines.

About iCAMP: Wearable devices and sensors for healthcare applications is a fast growing field and UA has strength in this area. The UA-based Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP) has unique expertise in the translation of wearable technology, embedded technology, mobile health (mHealth), and personalized medicine for more accurate health status assessment of patients in their natural environment where they're the most comfortable and active. One of iCAMP’s research goals is to better understand how people move through their environment and to fundamentally change the way we objectively measure function and quality of life across disciplines. The iCAMP team has pioneered many innovative technologies and some of our bioengineering products have already led to patents and were translated to industries for commercialization. Find more information at http://surgery.arizona.edu/iCAMP

Research interest: outcomes evaluation, body worn sensors/mHealth, elderly care, diabetes care, pain management, stress management, locomotor dysfunctions, frailty, home telemonitoring, virtual reality, and motor learning.