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 â€˜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.
Dr 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. 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 is also currently working 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 is 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.
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
Local lead partner for Erasmus+ KA02 â€˜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. â‚¬273,000 Project number - 2016-1-ES01-KA203- 024997