Gary Walker survived a car crash in which he sustained significant burns

Our priorities

As we learn more about what causes a scar, we can come up with better treatments that stop the scar from forming.

We are interested in developing our understanding of inflammation so we can ‘dampen’ the body’s response to injuries such as burns. This will improve wound healing, and the resulting scar.

Drugs already available have been shown to aid wound healing and diminish scarring. We will support research that investigates the pro-healing abilities of ‘repurposed’ drugs.

The methods for delivering pro-healing drugs such as dressings, biomaterials, micro needling and laser therapy are central to our future research plans.

Can we use lasers to deliver drugs beneath the surface of a wound?

We want to find out more about the micro-environment within the wound.

Is it possible to manipulate the healing process by changing interactions between cells within the wound?

Personalised treatment is now possible in some forms of cancer, that is, treatment tailored to a person’s own genes.

We cannot yet do this in patients who may develop significant scars.

How can we use our growing understanding of scarring genes in the development of personalised medicine so people will receive care tailored to their unique genetic makeup and health circumstances?

Martyn Compton survived burns to 75% of his body while serving in Afghanistan.

We want to connect with researchers working in scar free research. If you would like to engage with us, please tell us a bit about yourself