Wound Healing Foundation Update: Fellow Award, Lecture Announcement and Community Building

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by The Wound Healing Foundation

This update from the Wound Healing Foundation (WHF) provides an overview of current and future educational, research and community-based initiatives in wound care. Recent WHF activities and opportunities include participation in international dialogue and meetings, as well as the ongoing efforts to advance and support scientific research in the field of wound management.

The Wound Healing Foundation-3M 2017 Fellowship Award

The WHF, through the support of 3M Health Care, is pleased to announce the Wound Healing Foundation-3M Fellowship for the year 2017. This will mark the 18th anniversary of the 3M Fellow Award.

The WHF-3M Fellowship is a one-year $15,000 gift to stimulate scientific research and career development of a young investigator or junior faculty member pursuing a career in wound healing research.

The announcement of the 18th annual Fellow will be made Friday, April 7, 2017 at the annual WHF meeting. Following the announcement, the 2016 WHF-3M Fellow awardee, Joshua Tam, Ph.D. from Massachusetts General Hospital will speak on the reassembly of full-thickness skin from micro skin columns.

The deadline for receipt of the research proposal application for the 2017 WHF-3M Fellow Award is November 22, 2016. More information about the Fellowship and the application forms are available on the Wound Healing Foundation website.

2017 WHF-Thomas Hunt Endowed Lecture Presenter Announced

The fifth annual WHF-Thomas K Hunt Endowed Lecture will be given by Napoleone Ferrara, MD from the University of California, San Diego. In 1988, Dr. Ferrara joined Genentech Inc. and spent nearly 25 years working on the isolation, molecular cloning and biological characterization of VEGF-A which resulted in the development of bevacizumab, the first anti-angiogenic agent to be approved by the FDA for cancer therapy. His research also led to the development of ranibizumab, which has been FDA-approved for the treatment of multiple intraocular neovascular disorders.

Dr. Ferrara is the recipient of numerous scientific awards, including the prestigious AACR Cain Memorial Award and the Lefoulon-Delalande-Institut de France Prize. He has been an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA since 2006 and most recently became an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine in 2015.

The 2017 WHF-Thomas K Hunt Endowed Lecture will be held at the WHS Annual Meeting Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 8:15-9:15AM PST.

Building Awareness Through Community Building

WHF is dedicated to improving the quality of life for wound healing patients and their families through support of awareness, research and education.

Programs such as funding in vitro and in vivo wound research by the WHF are not only needed, but provide money for key wound and scar areas of importance. The WHF also provides a free, online, moderated wound support community that gives patients from all over the world a voice and allows them to interact with the WHF and other patients and caregivers.

The WHF was invited to be part of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology's (EADV) Patient Village in Vienna, Austria September 28-October 2. There were over 14,000 attendees with representation from countries across the globe. While in Vienna, the WHF promoted the Foundation as well as patient education. The EADV held a special patient session and all of the Patient Village representatives were invited to attend. Each speaker approached the topic differently, encouraging both clinicians and patients to use their time effectively, but most importantly emphasizing the need to listen to one another for the best possible outcome.

The World Union of Wound Healing Societies meeting in Florence, Italy from September 25-29 was a dynamic meeting of science, clinical and research topics focused on wound healing. The WHF exhibited and promoted the book Frontiers in Inflammation co-edited by Bob Diegelmann and Charles Chalfant. Royalties from this book goes to the WHF Young Investigator fund. To preview the book, click here.

About the Wound Healing Foundation
Founded in 1999, The Wound Healing Foundation is a public 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving wound healing worldwide through funding research, education, and outreach. The Foundation was formed by dedicated professionals committed to wound care and to provide patients, researchers, and health professionals the resources to make significant contributions in the critical and underappreciated area of wound healing. For more information, visit www.woundhealingfoundation.org.

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