Prof. Cynthia Formosa

Prof. Cynthia Formosa

Prof. Cynthia Formosa

 M.Sc.Pod.(UK),Ph.D.,D.Pod.,S.R.Pod.,FFPM,RCPS (Glasg.)

Associate Professor

Room 14
Block A, Level 1
Mater Dei Hospital
Msida
  +356 2340 1838
Cynthia Formosa qualified as a State Registered Podiatrist from the Department of Health, Malta in February 1989. She worked as a Senior Podiatrist with this department from 1989 to 1994. She then left the Health Department to set up a private practice in Podiatry until 2009.

Cynthia Formosa was awarded the Masters of Science in Podiatry in April 2003 from the University of Brighton, United Kingdom with research entitled ‘The Relationship between the level of diabetes-related knowledge and the incidence of peripheral neuropathy in patients suffering from chronic type-2 diabetes mellitus in Maltaâ. She was later awarded the PhD in Podiatry in October 2009 from the same university. Her research was entitled 'Culture and the management of Diabetes in Malta'.

Prof.Cynthia Formosa is currently working on full-time basis with the University of Malta as an Associate Professor and Head of Podiatry Department inside the Faculty of Health Sciences. She sits on a number of boards within the University of Malta including FREC.

She was also President of the Association of Podiatrists, Malta for two years and is currently helping the Association with all the educational activities it organises.
She is currently a member of the International Federation of Podiatrists and a member of the Clinical Biomechanics and Human Performance Research Team at the Faculty of Health, Staffordshire University. She is also a founder member of the Diabetes Foot Research Group, University of Malta and ENPODHE.

Prof. Cynthia Formosa has just completed her first Post-Doctoral research focusing on the Prevalence Rate of Diabetes Foot Risk Factors and Complications in the Maltese Diabetic Complications. She is currently working on another post-doctoral research focusing on National Diabetes Foot Screening Guidelines.

She is also appointed as External Examiner for the Podiatry programme at Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.

She is also an external reviewer for a number of grant applications.

She was also appointed as a Visiting Fellow on the 1st September 2011 at the Centre for Sport, Health and Exercise Research, Faculty of Health, Staffordshire University for a period of three years.
  • diabetes
  • diabetic foot
  • diabetes foot screening
  • thermography

GRECH, A., GATT, A., BORG, A. and FORMOSA, C., 2017. Determining the presence of Peripheral Arterial Disease in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.. Mediterr J Rheumatol, 28(2), pp. 38.

FORMOSA C., G.A., 2016. Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease. Importance of Accurate Identification of Arterial Perfusion in the Lower Limb using Different Non- Invasive Pysiological Tests. 
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FORMOSA, C., 2016. Fighting Diabetes Complications. Times of Malta., .

FORMOSA, C., CASSAR, K., MIZZI, S., MIZZI , A., ELLUL, C. and ET, A., 2016. Quantitative Pulsatility Index compared to Qualitative Spectral Doppler Waveform Analysis for diagnosis of Peripheral arterial disease in Diabetes Mellitus. , 2016.

FORMOSA, C., GATT, A. and CHOCKALINGAM, N., 2016. A Critical Evaluation of Diabetes Foot Screening Guidelines., 2016.

FORMOSA, C., MIZZI , A., ELLUL, C., MIZZI, S. and GATT A., 2016. The Importance of Early Identification of Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease.. Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease. SMGroup, .

FORMOSA, C., MIZZI, A., ELLUL, C., MIZZI, S. and GATT, A., 2016. The Importance of Early Identification of Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease.. Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease. SMGroup, .

FORMOSA, C., MIZZI, A., ELLUL, C., MIZZI, S. and GATT, A., 2016. Inter-Rater Reliability of Doppler Waveform Analysis amongst Clinicians., 2016.

FORMOSA, C. and VELLA, L., 2016. Characteristics Predicting the Outcome in Individuals with Diabetic Foot Ulcerations, 2016.

GATT A, FORMOSA C, CHOCKALINGAM N, 2016. The application of generic CAD/CAM systems for the design and manufacture of foot orthoses. . The Foot and Ankle Online Journal, 9(3), pp. 6.

GAUCI, J., FALZON, O., CAMILLERI, K.P., FORMOSA, C., GATT, A., ELLUL, C., MIZZI, S., MIZZI, A., CASSAR, K. and CHOCKALINGAM, N., 2016. An Automated Procedure for Temperature Extraction from Medical Thermal Images.. Engineering Today, .

SCALPELLO, A., FORMOSA, C. and BORG, A., 2016. Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening using the Ankle Brachial Pressure Index to Identify the Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Rheumatoid Arthritis., 2016.

CARUANA, L., FORMOSA, C. and CASSAR, K., 2015. Prediction of wound healing after minor amputations of the diabetic foot. Journal of diabetes and its complications, 29(6), pp. 834-837.

FORMOSA, C., 2015. Best foot Forward. Times of Malta, .

FORMOSA, C., 2015. Comparing Calcium Alginate Dressings to Vacuum-assisted closure: A Clinical Trial, 2015.

FORMOSA, C., 2015. Importance of early identification of peripheral arterial disease using different physiological tests., 2015.

FORMOSA, C., 2015. Understanding power and communication relationships in health settings. British Journal of Healthcare Management, 21(9), pp. 225.

FORMOSA, C., CARUANA, L. and CASSAR, K., 2015. Prediction of wound healing after minor amputations of the diabetic foot., 2015.

GATT, A., FORMOSA, C. and CHOCKALINGAM, N., 2015. A Biomechanical Comparison of fresh-frozen and Thiel embalmed feet: Opening innovative opportunities for the study of human foot anatomy.  , 2015.

GATT, A., FORMOSA, C., CASSAR, K., CAMILLERI, K.P., DE RAFFAELE, C., MIZZI, A., AZZOPARDI, C., MIZZI, S., FALZON, O., CRISTINA, S. and CHOCKALINGAM, N., 2015. Thermographic patterns of the upper and lower limbs: baseline data. International journal of vascular medicine, 2015, pp. 831369.

GATT, R., VELLA WOOD, M., GATT, A., ZARB, F., FORMOSA, C., AZZOPARDI, K.M., CASHA, A., AGIUS, T.P., SCHEMBRI-WISMAYER, P., ATTARD, L., CHOCKALINGAM, N. and GRIMA, J.N., 2015. Negative Poisson's ratios in tendons: An unexpected mechanical response. Acta biomaterialia, 24, pp. 201-208.

VASSALLO, I.M. and FORMOSA, C., 2015. Comparing Calcium Alginate Dressings to Vacuum-assisted Closure: A Clinical Trial. Wounds : a compendium of clinical research and practice, 27(7), pp. 180-190.

AGIUS, T. and FORMOSA, C., 2014. Degree of burnout amongst Maltese Podiatrists working in two different settings. Malta Journal of Health Sciences, .

CASSAR, D. and FORMOSA, C., 2014. The impact of pregnancy on foothealth. Malta Journal of Health Sciences, 1(1),.

ELLUL, C., MIZZI, A. and FORMOSA, C., 2014. Early identification of asymptomatic peripheral arterial disease in smokers. The Journal of Nurse Practitioners, 10(8),.

FORMOSA, C., CARUANA, D. and CHOCKALINGAM, N., 2014. Determinants of job satisfaction in different podiatric clinical settings. International Journal of Podiatric Science, 8(2), pp. 91.

FORMOSA, C., GATT, A., CASSAR, K. and ET, A., 2014. Hidden dangers revealed by misdiagnosed peripheral arterial disease using ABPI measurement’., 2014.

GATT, A., SPITERI, M., FORMOSA, C. and CHOCKALINGAM, N., 2014. Investigation of plantar pressure in overweight and non-overweight children with a neutral foot posture. OA Musculoskeletal Medicine, 10(2), pp. 8.

BARTOLO, P., MIZZI, S. and FORMOSA, C., 2013. An evaluation of footcare behaviours amongst people living with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Journal of Diabetes Nursing, 17(2), pp. 72.

FORMOSA, C., 2013. Managed Care: Methods/Techniques, Types and Impact Analysis - Cultures for Change. Advances in Medicine and Biology . Nova Publishers, .

FORMOSA, C., 2013. Managed Care: Methods/Techniques, Types and Impact Analysis - Cultures for Change. . Advances in Medicine and Biology . Nova Publishers, .

FORMOSA, C., GATT, A. and CHOCKALINGAM, C., 2013. Diabetes Foot Screening in Malta – An Unknown Entity’, 2013.

FORMOSA, C., CASSAR, K., GATT, A., MIZZI, A., MIZZI, S., CAMILERI, K.P., AZZOPARDI, C., DERAFFAELE, C., FALZON, O., CRISTINA, S. and CHOCKALINGAM, N., 2013. Hidden dangers revealed by misdiagnosed peripheral arterial disease using ABPI measurement. Diabetes research and clinical practice, 102(2), pp. 112-116.

FORMOSA, C., MCINNES,A. and MANDY, A., 2012. Rethinking diabetes education. Journal of Diabetes Nursing, 16(6), pp. 234.

FORMOSA, C., GATT, A. and CHOCKALINGAM, N., 2012. Diabetic foot complications in Malta: prevalence of risk factors.. The Foot, .

FORMOSA, C., GATT, A. and CHOCKALINGAM, N., 2012. The importance of clinical biomechanical assessment of foot deformity and joint mobility in people living with type-2 diabetes within a primary care setting. Primary Care Diabetes, .

FORMOSA, C., GATT, A. and CHOCKALINGAM, N., 2012. The importance of diabetes foot care education in a primary care setting. Journal of Diabetes Nursing, 16(10), pp. 410.

FORMOSA, C., GATT, A. and CHOCKALINGAM, N., 2012. Screening for peripheral vascular disease in patients with type 2 diabetes in Malta in a primary care setting. Quality in Primary Care, 20.

FORMOSA, C., SAVONA-VENTURA, C. and MANDY, A., 2012. Cultural contributors to the development of diabetes mellitus in Malta. International Journal of Diabetes and Metabolism, 20, pp. 25.

FORMOSA, C. and VELLA, L., 2012. Influence of diabetes-related knowledge on foot ulceration. Journal of Diabetes Nursing, 16(3), pp. 111-115.

FORMOSA, C., MANDY, A. and LUCAS, K., 2011. Identifying changes in diabetes care. Practical Diabetes International, 28(1), pp. 31-34.

FORMOSA, C., LUCAS, K., MANDY, A. and KELLER, C., 2008. Influence of national culture on diabetes education in Malta: A case example. DIABETES AND PRIMARY CARE, 10(2), pp. 109.

FORMOSA, C., LUCAS, K., MANDY, A. and KELLER, C., 2008. Influence of national culture on diabetes education in Malta: A case example. DIABETES AND PRIMARY CARE, 10(2), pp. 109.

CHIRCOP, D. and FORMOSA, C., 9. Comparing the clinical effectiveness of two cryotherapy techniques for the treatment of plantar warts. International Journal of Podiatric Science, 1, pp. 44.

  • HSC1003 - An Introduction to Research Methods in the Health Sciences
  • HSC3002 - Research Methods in the Health Sciences
  • POD1002 - Pre-Clinical Podiatry
  • POD2002 - Podiatric Assessment
  • POD2012 - The Podiatric Practice in a Hospital Setting
  • POD2013 - Ethics for Podiatrists
  • POD3006 - Diabetes
  • POD3009 - High Risk Foot
  • POD3010 - Management of Ulcers
  • POD3014 - Podiatric Surgery Theory
Professor Cynthia Formosa completed her first Post-Doctoral research focusing on
the Prevalence Rate of Diabetes Foot Risk Factors and Complications in the Maltese
Diabetic Complications. Four publications have been published in international peer-
reviewed journals. She is currently working on her second post-doctoral research
focusing on National Diabetes Foot Screening Guidelines.

As a founder member of the Diabetes Foot Research Group, Malta she has worked
on a project entitled 'Innovative Approaches in using Thermography for
Clinical Applications in Diabetes'. This research involves Thermography which is
becoming an important investigative tool in the diabetic foot.The aim of this research was to
determine whether a thermal index may provide adequate scoring range for assessing wounds by
considering physiological as well as morphological changes on the skin surface. Various
publications have been published in this field.

European Network of Podiatry in Higher Education [ENPODHE]: Was responsible for the necessary
discussions in order to become part of this organization and have hosted and organized the
2016 ENPODHE General Assembly and Annual Conference in Malta.

External Universities Collaborations:
Staffordshire University: Visiting fellow for a period of three years
University of Brighton: External Visiting Lecturer
Artevelde University College Ghent: Staff mobility exchange
HELB Ilya Prigogine, Brussels Belgium: Staff mobility exchange
Artevelde University College, Ghent, Brussels:Staff mobility exchange
Universty Catolica De Valencia., Spain: Staff mobility exchange
External Examiner - UK and Ireland

Local lead partner for Erasmus+ KA02 ‘Strategic Partnerships in the field of education,
training and youth'. Project title: PODIATRAIN - Open online course in new technologies for
the diagnosis and treatment of foot pathologies. €273,000 Project number - 2016-1-ES01-
KA203-
024997

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