Wound Healing Foundation Updates - June 2020

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Wound Healing Foundation Updates from Laura K.S. Parnell, President
“It may seem as if the world has been put on hold, but the Foundation has been busy behind the scenes ready to support the wound healing community. Our mission never stops,” says Laura K.S. Parnell, President of the Wound Healing Fondation (WHF).

Wound Healing Foundation patient tips and statement on COVID-19 Pandemic

Patient tips and the WHF’s statement on the COVID-19 pandemic are available at http://www.woundhealingfoundation.org. The tips should help patients provide pertinent and critical information about their wound when communicating with their wound care provider. These tips can be freely used and distributed as needed.

Virtual Wound Healing Foundation Thomas K Hunt Lecture
The Hunt Lecture will go on- Virtually. Margaret A. Liu, MD, DSchc, MDhc, FISV will present COVID-19: The Intersection of Vaccine Technology, Disease Pathophysiology, and a Global Pandemic. Dr Liu is world renown for her expertise in vaccine development. Her talk will cover both issues and limitations around vaccine development and how the virus impacts wound patients. Join Dr Liu at the Virtual SAWC/WHS Meeting for the WHF-Hunt lecture on Saturday, July 25 at 10:00AM ET.

Awards Committee Update
The Awards Committee has finalized review and selection of all eleven award categories during multiple meetings in the past six months. Join them at the Virtual SAWC/WHS Meeting for the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, July 25 at 2:30PM ET.

New 2020 Board of Directors
The Foundation is delighted to announce the following appointments:

  • New President Elect: Elof Eriksson, MD, PhD. He and will succeed Laura K. S. Parnell in Dallas in 2021.

New 2020 Board Members:

  • Margaret-Ann Halstead, Vice President, Health Economics and Market Access of Medline Industries.
  • David Zamierowski, MD, Plastic Surgeon, Innovator and Philanthropist.
  • Chris Fashek, Chairman, MedTech Solutions Group, Several Earlier Corporate Leadership Positions including President and CEO of KCI USA. Philanthropist.
  • Geoff Gurtner, MD, FACS, WHS President, Vice chair of Surgery for Research at Stanford University.
  • Alan Wells, MD, DMSc, WHS President-Elect, University Pittsburgh, VAMC, and UPMC Clinical Labs
  • Sashwati Roy, PhD, WHS Past-President, Indiana University, IUH CWCW, ICRME

Help Your Patients Give You Better Information During COVID-19
The WHF has created the Wound Healing Foundation COVID-19 Pandemic Wound Patient Tips to help patients who feel isolated during this time of pandemic. The page is available from their homepage. Also available is the Wound Healing Foundation Support Community, which offers peer-to-peer support in a safe and moderated environment so patients can connect with people who are or have gone through similar issues.

Since 2017, the WHF has partnered with Inspire, the leading social network for health, to offer a safe place for patients and caregivers to connect and support one another on issues related to wounds and wound care. The Wound Healing Foundation Support Community members can read, ask questions or respond to discussions on the community, upload photos and even search for specific topics. Membership is easy and needs only three things; user name, birthday and e-mail. To join, go to http://www.woundhealingfoundation.org/inspire.aspx and click the red "Join the Wound Healing Online Support Community" button.

More on Margaret A. Liu
Margaret A. Liu obtained an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, a B.A. in Chemistry, summa cum laude, from Colorado College, and passed the Epreuve pour le Diplôme d’Enseignement, à l’unanimité (judges’ unanimous decision), in piano from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. She completed Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine and a Fellowship in Endocrinology, all at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Previous visiting, faculty, and adjunct faculty appointments were at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard Medical School, and The University of Pennsylvania, respectively. Working with Prof. Herman Eisen, known for his seminal work on antibody binding, elucidating the T cell receptor sharpened her immunological skills while a Visiting Scientist at MIT. Later while at Merck, she worked closely with Dr. Maurice Hilleman, the legendary vaccinologist who developed more than 40 vaccines.

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 under appreciated area of wound healing. For more information, visit https//:www.woundhealingfoundation.org.

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author, and do not represent the views of WoundSource, Kestrel Health Information, Inc., its affiliates, or subsidiary companies.
Use of gene-based vectors for the development of preventions and treatments for infectious diseases and cancer, specifically vaccines and immunotherapeutics, is Dr. Liu’s expertise. Two of the technologies that she pioneered have now been developed by companies into licensed products: bispecific antibodies for cancer therapy, and DNA vaccines for veterinary applications and which are in numerous human clinical trials for vaccines (for example, one of the first COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials), gene therapy, and immunotherapy for cancer, autoimmune diseases, and allergy. Dr. Liu currently is CEO-designate of PAX Therapeutics, a nascent biotech company using gene delivery of VEGF to optimize healing of ligaments and tendons after surgical repair for rupture. She also consults in the fields of vaccines and immunotherapy for companies, universities, and non-governmental, scientific governmental organizations and international agencies, such as WHO, and is a director at Ipsen Pharma. Previous roles included: Senior Director at Merck Research Laboratories, Vice President of Vaccines Research and Gene Therapy at Chiron Corporation, Senior Advisor in Vaccinology at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Vice-Chairman of Transgene, and Executive Vice-Chair of the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), an independent international organization with signatory countries in Seoul, Korea established by UNDP. Dr. Liu is a Foreign Adjunct Professor at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and an Adjunct Full Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. She is the Chairman of the Board and President Emeritus of the International Society for Vaccines. Dr. Liu has received numerous awards and honors including an NIH Physician Scientist Award. She was invited by the Nobel Committee to lecture in the Karolinska Research Lecture series, was named one of “The 50 Most Important Women in Science” by Discover magazine, has multiple patents, and has been selected for numerous honorary lectureships. She has also had the conferral of two honorary doctorates, the most recent being Medical Doctor honoris causa from the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

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