Faster healing to help acid attack victims
Medical scientists hope they are on the verge of a major breakthrough in the treatment of acid attack victims.
Researchers at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham have designed an anti-scarring membrane that they believe will have a “huge impact” on the appearance of those who have suffered severe burns.
Vitamin D may be simple treatment to enhance burn healing
Patients with severe burns who have higher levels of vitamin D recover more successfully than those with lower levels, according to a study presented at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference in Harrogate. This study is the first to investigate the role of vitamin D in recovery from burn injury and suggests that vitamin D supplementation may be a simple and cost-effective treatment to enhance burn healing.
GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS SCAR FREE HEALING
Armed Forces Personnel and Veterans to play leading role in Scar Free Future – thanks to new £4.5 million UK-first research centre.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has this afternoon confirmed £3 million of LIBOR funding towards the new Scar Free Foundation Centre for Conflict Wound Research. Based at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital this will be the UK’s first specialist medical research centre to reduce the impact of scarring and improve the lives of Armed Forces personnel and civilians wounded in conflicts and terrorist attacks.
SCAR FREE IN FOCUS
Professor Naiem Moiemen (pictured right with Principal Researcher Robert Dinsdale) is Director of The Scar Free Foundation Centre for Burns Research at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. We spoke to Naiem about SIFTI-II (Scientific Investigation of the Biological Pathways Following Thermal Injury), a major cohort study which is investigating what happens in the body following a serious burn injury, and tracks the cellular processes behind scarring.
Honey causes a buzz in treating infected wounds and burns
Birmingham researchers have shown that specially engineered honey can combat bacterial biofilms found in chronically infected wounds and burns.
NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC) scientists found that bioengineered Surgihoney can prevent the development of colonies of bacteria which make wounds difficult to treat.
Burns research unit aims for scar free healing
The Birmingham Centre for Burns Research is playing a key role in a new initiative to achieve scar free healing within a generation.
The Scar Free Foundation, a national charity directing world leading medical research into wound healing, scarring and the psychological effects of disfigurement, announced the UK-led initiative at The Royal College of Surgeons London.
Birmingham researchers devise test to predict sepsis in burns patients
Birmingham researchers have created a potentially life-saving new test that will allow clinicians to predict which burn victims will develop sepsis during their treatment.
Their findings, published in Annals of Surgery, show that using just three biomarkers of neutrophil function on the day of injury can determine which patients with major burn injuries are likely to become septic.
World class burns experts gather in Birmingham
Experts in burns research from as far afield as Australia gathered at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham on Monday 26th January.
The Healing Foundation Centre for Burns Research, based at QEHB, hosted the first European Burns Research Network which brought together authorities in a range of fields, from wound repair to reconstructive surgery and bio-membrane dressings, in order to plan for new collaborative opportunities.
Countess of Wessex opens Birmingham burns research centre
Pride of Birmingham winner Karl Hinett had a right royal time showing Sophie, Countess of Wessex round the new burns unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital today.
Iraq war veteran Karl, who won the award for Outstanding Bravery at the Pride of Birmingham gala organised by the Birmingham Mail in association with Virgin Trains, greeted the Countess.
Lab named for charity supporting burns research
A Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham burns research laboratory has been named in honour of a charity which has helped to fund research into disfiguring injuries across the country.
PF Charitable Trust was founded by the Fleming family, which founded the highly successful Robert Fleming & Co bank. The trust has made major contributions to The Healing Foundation, a charity which champions the cause of people living with disfigurement and visible loss of function.
New burns research centre announced
A £6 million new burn injury research centre has been launched at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
The Healing Foundation Centre for Burns Research will look at understanding how the body responds to burn injury and developing new treatments for repair.
The centre is based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) and is a partnership between University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), University of Birmingham, Ministry of Defence, Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, University College London and the Royal Free Hospital in London.
Dr Paul Harrison and Mr Naiem Moiemen win award from QEHB charity for a new Haematology Analyser (Sysmex)
Mr Naiem Moiemen and colleagues from the University of Birmingham, including Prof Jon Deeks, awarded £500K from NIHR HTA grant entitled: A feasibility study to conduct a multicentre RCT in UK to examine the efficacy of pressure garment therapy for the prevention of abnormal scarring after burn injury.
Mr Naiem Moiemen, Ann Logan and Liam Grover granted Health Innovation Challenge Fund (HICF): Development of a synthetic bioactivated anti scarring membrane dressing. Logan A, Grover L, Moiemen N, Belli T and Scott R. 3 years; £1.8m