We’ve seen how science can make a difference to an individual. How we can take a little piece of skin that isn’t injured and we can change the way people scar. I’ve seen the power of basic science to individuals at the bedside. That is so special
The research supported by the Fiona Wood Foundation enables the burns care teams at the Burns Service of WA to be global leaders in the delivery of a service of excellence supported by evidence and driven by research.
Translating research into practice
The translation of the research behind effective burn injury treatment to practical application at the ‘bedside’ is at the heart of what we do.
Research and clinical practice go hand in hand – for every treatment applied to the burn injury, there are countless hours - and often years - of research that have informed the practice and ensured the patient will achieve the best possible outcome.
This research drives the multidisciplinary team at the State Burns Units in all areas of burns care - surgery, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and many other allied health specialities.
Cell based therapy
The impact of the work undertaken by Fiona Wood and her team into tissue engineering technology is well known and has had a global impact.
Growing sheets of cultured skin – and then developing ‘Spray on Skin' - allows skin grafts to be applied much sooner which reduces the risk of infection and results in less scarring. Spray on skin is now being used around the world and has changed people’s lives.
The research undertaken by the Foundation's scientists and clinicians is building on this technology and exciting advances are being made.
One exciting development is the innovative use of Laser to improve the appearance and functionality of scars.
Our patients really bring to life the impact of the work of the Foundation - because their lives have been deeply affected by their burn injury and the outcomes they have achieved are a result of the Foundation’s research.
New research findings and innovative treatment developments need to be shared with others to maximise opportunity for improved outcomes for all.
In 2014, 23 research papers and one book were published in peer reviewed literature as a result of collaborations or primary studies conducted by the Fiona Wood Foundation research teams.
Affiliations and collaboration
We have always understood the importance of working with experts in related fields and as we continue to unravel the complexities of burn injury, the importance of this will become even more paramount.
Our aim is to continue to improve the quality of life for people who are the victims of burn injury - to reduce their pain and the physical, psychological and social trauma they suffer.
And ultimately deliver scarless healing, in mind and body, to ensure the quality of the outcome is worth the pain of survival.
Please join us on Our Journey