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It is our aspiration to generate a national and international network of clinical and academic research with the common goal of improving the lives of patients living with scarring and developing approaches to prevent scarring.
The Scar Free Foundation Centre for Conflict Wound Research at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB), is a partnership with the University of Birmingham (UoB), the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR, University of the West of England), and the CASEVAC injured veterans club.
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Life-long scar impact, revision, and rehabilitation
Improvement of therapies for seriously injured Armed Forces personnel and veterans to reduce and correct scars, and to promote resilience to the psychological impact of their injuries.
Military Research Treatment
Against these themes, the Centre will identify and support medical studies within the civilian and military veteran population that can be applied to military treatment. The University of Birmingham will lead research to:
- Develop and undertake a “first-in-man” trial for a novel battle-ready dressing which reduces scarring;
- With the involvement of a veterans cohort, understand the mechanisms behind laser treatment to correct established scarring, and to pilot additional drug therapies to improve its effectiveness;
- Improve understanding of the biological processes behind scarring and wound healing to inform personalised treatment pathways from the point of conflict injury.