Thanks to Johns Hopkins University, I succeed in getting my entry visa to the United States.

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University is one of the most important universities in the USA, considered three of the best American ones. It was founded in 1876, thanks to the 7 million dollars donated by the American Johns Hopkins.

This was followed, years after, by the opening of Johns Hopkins Hospital, which also was destined for a medical department. Both institutes were the first to be aimed at research in the USA and they are considered the best in the world for various fields, including medical studies.


Ph Ficke meeting

The university is truly well-organized and has a lot of resources available, which permit to conduct a vastness of studies and researches. I have been introduced to the Chair of Orthopedics in the University, Professor James Ficke, directly by my tutor Lew Schon. Despite the important and renowned role took on by Professor Ficke at Hopkins University, I was immediately amazed by the attention and the time he devoted to me so that my researches would turn out well.


My study

I have good memories of the days spent at Hopkins. There, I have been able to meet a lot of researchers and students from all over the world who, just like me, decided to spend a period of research projects and clinical trials abroad.

One of the most important projects I took part in has been a biomechanics study based on “Movie and Weight-Bearing CT scan” acquisition. We are talking about CAT scans which, if carried out, permit to actually evaluate foot biomechanics.

Also, the movement helps to better understand the relationship between the different joints it is made of. So far, indeed, movement analysis has almost always been a domain of reconstructions and data approximations, all carried out with the gait analysis. The images obtained with this new technology allow us to realize for the first time the point where ankle and foot movements start, through a simple gait cycle.

These data acquisitions highlight, even more, how the tibial-tarsal movement must be preserved as soon as possible.

I thank Professor Ficke for welcoming me into his team with such enthusiasm, and for letting me discover and see with my own eyes the research world, which requires a lot of time, but especially a lot of dedication.