April 25th marks the beginning of the 2018 Symposium for Advanced Wound Care, and the Wound Healing Foundation (WHF) will be in attendance. While at the Symposium, the WHF will present three major awards, as well as a dozen recognition and travel awards and facilitate two lectures. For those that wish to attend, the schedule is as follows.
2018 WHF Hunt Lecture
April 25, 2018 8:15 A.M.
WHF is pleased to announce that the 2018 WHF-Hunt Lecture will be given by Professor Elaine Fuchs, PhD and delivered at the opening session of the annual scientific meeting of the Wound Healing Society. Dr. Fuchs is the Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor, Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development, Rockefeller University and an Investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, New York, New York. Her talk, entitled, “Coping with Stress: Stem cells and injury, cancer and inflammation” builds on her international reputation in understanding skin stem cells in health and disease.
Dr. Fuchs was selected as this year's WHF-Hunt Lecturer because of her pioneering work in skin stem cells and their environment. The lecture has not yet been endowed, but is an annual event honoring TK Hunt, MD, one of the leaders in wound healing research, and a founding member of the Wound Healing Society.
19th WHF-3M Fellowship Award
April 27th, 2018 4:45 P.M.
WHF will present its 19th WHF-3M Fellowship award to Swathi Balaji, PhD for her research on the role of exosomes in the pathogenesis of fibroblast functional diversity in cutaneous scarring and fibrosis. Immediately after the award presentation, the 2017 WHF-3M Fellow Veronica Haywood, DPT, Ph.D. will present the research results of her fellowship on enzymatic glycosylation during wound healing.
The purpose of the WHF-3M Fellowship a one-year, $15,000 award to stimulate scientific research and career development of young investigators or junior faculty who are pursuing a career in wound healing research. The Fellowship is generously funded in part by 3M and is a highly competitive award in the field of wound healing.
April 27th, 2018 5:35 P.M.
WHF will present Maximilian Kückelhaus, MD from Bochum, Germany with its Impact award. Dr. Kückelhaus was one of several doctors that treated a pediatric patient with the genetic disease epidermolysis bullosa (EB) after the child was admitted after losing about 60% of his skin and a skin infection developed. The child's prognosis was unfavorable once 80% of the skin was lost, so the team sought permission to for the compassionate use of gene therapy. Using a small skin biopsy, the skin cells were grown in culture, given the correct gene and the cells were grown into large transgenic grafts to cover the exposed dermis. After 21 months post-grafting, the patient has not lost any epidermis and has not experience side effects and the histology of the skin has normalized. This research has a tremendous impact on bench research, clinical research and patient quality of life.
Dr. Kückelhaus will present this ground-breaking research at the first day of the annual scientific meeting of the Wound Healing Society on April 25th at 9:30AM at the Charlotte Convention Center. The WHF Impact Award is to honor and promote high quality scientific and clinical research that advances the field of wound healing.
About the Wound Healing Foundation
The Wound Healing Foundation (WHF) was founded in 1999, and 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.
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