Professor Janet Lord, Principal Investigator, The Scar Free Foundation Centre for Conflict Wound Research, Birmingham.

Our work

Our strategy is to fund world-leading research into the healing process.

The more we can understand about the way wounds heal, the more we will be able to do to change how scars form, through the development of new treatments, medicines, and surgical procedures.

We are currently working to find out more about the genes associated with minimal or significant scarring. Learning more about these genes will have an enormous impact on scar free healing research.

We know that we can inherit the degree to which we scar so are working to understand the genetics of scarring and how our environment can affect the way we scar. We are collecting information from children born with Cleft Lip and/or Palate who have surgery that creates scars. We can learn a lot from how these children’s genes affect their scarring.

We have supported research aimed at learning more about what happens in the bodies of animals that heal without scars. We have also funded work on hard-to-heal wounds caused by conditions, such as diabetes, to discover the underlying mechanisms controlling the behaviour of inflammatory cells during wound healing.

Scar Free Researchers in the lab