NuroKor is delighted to welcome Dr Irem Tezer Ates M.D. to the team, who joins as the Medical Science Director. Irem is a member of the European Wound Management Association and brings over 15 years of international experience in research and clinical treatments, including real world clinical experience in electrical stimulation with pain and wounds. A passionate diver and swimmer, in her spare time you can often find Irem in the water.
Irem’s role will include leading on specific scientific and medical areas, as well as leading the FemTech research, med-tech research and content development for NuroKor. She will be integral to planning, researching and delivering scientific literature reviews and case studies, participating in medical device development and representing NuroKor at national and international meetings, conferences and events. She will also be a key liaison between NuroKor and external partners including universities, GPs and clinics.
We spoke with Irem and she shared some of her own reasons for joining the NuroKor team and her passion for bioelectronics and treating patients.
A while ago, I saw Rick talking about his ideas and the new technologies that are being developed by NuroKor. I believe in how much potential these products and the technology development have to improve quality of life and I wanted to be a part of the team that contributes to that cause.
There is much that interests and excites me about joining the NuroKor team. As a medical doctor and researcher, I have witnessed many cases where patients were in pain and suffering and I have always thought of creative ways to help. So I am very keen to utilise and advance NuroKor’s technology to help improve the life of these patients.
As the Medical Science Director, I aim to bridge the science and technology within NuroKor, using my clinical and research experience to date. The technology is changing and we should use it for our benefit. I want to help all patients that require assistance to enhance their quality of life and in particular, those living with diabetes and the elderly who both experience chronic pain and take lots of medication.
My biggest achievement as a doctor is seeing my patients get better and return to their daily life activities. As an example, I have previously used medical technology combined with experience to treat patients who were about to be amputated, to save their extremities. Each healing patient has motivated me to work harder, not only to treat more patients, but also look into the root causes of why the issues developed and how we can prevent them from occurring in future.
My residency was in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, which refers to oxygen treatment under high pressure to treat illnesses such as non-healing wounds, CO poisoning, radiation necrosis and sudden hearing or visual loss.
For instance, I have treated many diving accidents related to decompression sickness, which is usually a life-death emergency situation. Being a diver myself, I empathise with all divers and I always want to see those who have been injured go back in the water after fully healing.
Aside from diving, I enjoy swimming and technically anything to do with water! I consider myself to be both artistic and culture-oriented: I like painting the old-fashioned way with actual paints and enjoy converting them to digital platforms. I try to visit museums and go to the theatre as much as possible. I really enjoy cycling a lot and try to use a bike to commute to work.
There is a brilliant collaborative power within the dedicated group of professionals who work within NuroKor and I am excited to join the team so that together, we can help the many individuals who are in pain and requiring treatment, as well as help heal wounds, improve mobility, aid recovery, enhance an individual’s physical condition and overall, improve quality of life.