Conflict wound research centre opens
The first specialist wound research centre has been officially opened for those who have suffered injuries in incidents such as traffic accidents and terrorist attacks.
Run by The Scar Free Foundation, the hub will treat injured military personnel as well as civilians who have suffered injuries in incidents such as traffic accidents and terrorist attacks. More than 480 patients, many of them injured veterans, will take part in research at the site over the next three years.
With the goal of achieving scar-free healing within a generation, the specialist wound research centre will also give mental health support to those with physical injuries and trial a new battle-ready transportable dressing.
Brendan Eley, chief executive of the Scar Free Foundation, said: “The physical and emotional effects of scarring are serious and often life-changing. Our aim is to deliver scar-free healing within a generation by establishing a pioneering programme of medical research in the UK.
"The launch of this centre is an important part of achieving our goal, and by working with world leading experts, scientists, and researchers, we are discovering revolutionary new treatments that will transform the lives of millions worldwide."
The centre has been set up in partnership with the University of Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England, and the CASEVAC Club - made up of wounded veterans from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.