Burns patients to benefit from research fund

5 September 2017

A project to help burns patients feel comfortable in their own skin is one of many research projects that will share in $6 million of State Government infrastructure support funding in the latest round of the Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Fund (MHRIF).

Professor Fiona Wood with coresearcher Associate Professor Mark Fear and burns patient Adrian
Professor Fiona Wood (right) with Associate Professor Mark Fear (left) and burns patient Adrian (middle).

The project, led by renowned burns specialist Fiona Wood, is seeking new insights on the impact of laser treatment on burns scars, in particular the timing of initial treatment post injury and the ideal interval between treatments.

Her team is using the grant to run the laboratory where scar samples are analysed.

As part of this study, the research team takes biopsies from patient’s pre and post laser therapy.

This determines the quality of scars at different periods post injury, the earliest being six weeks.

Laser therapy has revolutionised burns treatment over the past 20 years, reducing the time patients spend in pressure garments, their need for reconstructive surgery and the physical and psychological impact of the burn.

Professor Wood is one of 139 high-performing researchers awarded funding by the MHRIF program, which provides grants to help researchers meet the infrastructure costs associated with their projects.

WA Health supports a wide range of health and medical research, through programs such as MHRIF and Research Institute Support.

Only researchers who have secured funding for their research from the National Health and Medical Research Council or a funding body of similar standing are eligible for MHRIF.

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