World class burns experts gather in Birmingham

06 February 2015

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.

The centre is a partnership between the University of Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), the Ministry of Defence, Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, University College London and the Royal Free Hospital in London.

As well as improving our understanding of how the body responds to burn injury in adults and children, the centre also carries out translational clinical research to find new treatments.

Its Director, Mr Naiem Moiemen, a consultant in burns and plastics at QEHB and Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said: “With approximately 11,000 people admitted to UK hospitals each year with serious burns it is vital that we continue to learn from and share best practice, ideas and innovations with our peers around the world.

“We were honoured that Prof Wayne Morrison (Director of the O’Brien Institute, Melbourne) gave the Inaugural Lecture about his Institute of “Regenerative Surgery” – a world leader in developing and refining methods to replace or repair tissues and organs damaged by injury or disease.

“We also had several lively discussions about future collaborations with some exciting outcomes including the importance of driving forward industrial partnerships, caring for our ageing population, collating data and sharing student training opportunities.”

Other speakers at the event included Professor Peter Vogt from Germany, who gave a presentation on the challenge of skin replacement and Dr Clemens Schiestl from Zurich who talked about the ideal matrix for skin grafts.

 

For further information about the Healing Foundation Centre for Burns Research please visit https://www.research.uhb.nhs.uk/burn-injury-research-centre/