Associations & Organizations

Associations founded to support wound care clinicians with on-going training, resources and CME credits.

The mission of the BioTherapeutics, Education & Research (BTER) Foundation is to advance health care through education and research in biotherapy, and provide support to patients, providers, researchers and policy-makers.

The Canadian Association of Wound Care (CAWC) is a non-profit organization of health care professionals, researchers, corporate supporters, patients and caregivers dedicated to the advancement of wound care in Canada. CAWC is dedicated to a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to wound management and prevention to improve the health of Canadians.

The Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) is a professional nursing organization comprised of individuals committed to quality care through sharing knowledge and expertise. The core purpose of the DNA is to promote excellence in dermatologic care.

The European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) was created in London in December 1996 to lead and support all European countries in the efforts to prevent and treat pressure ulcers. The EPUAP has given support to prevalence studies, dissemination of educational tools (PUCLAS) and has formed international working groups on different subjects relevant for pressure ulcer prevention and treatment. The EPUAP also produced an academic textbook on pressure ulcers.

The European Tissue Repair Society, a non-profit organization founded in 1988, aims to promote knowledge and interchange between scientists, health care professionals, industry and other individuals that have an interest in tissue repair of all organs. The ETRS has an annual meeting and a number of focus meetings each year concentrating on different aspects of tissue repair, ranging from basic science to clinical aspects of healing.

The European Wound Management Association (EWMA) works to promote the advancement of education and research into native epidemiology, pathology, diagnosis, prevention and management of wounds of all etiologies.

The EWMA is an umbrella organization linking wound management associations across Europe and a multidisciplinary group bringing together individuals and organizations interested in wound management.

The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) represents the interests of advanced practice nurses who work with older adults in a wide variety of practice settings. GAPNA is the organization of choice for advanced practice nurses who want to pursue continuing education in gerontological care and who seek peer support from experienced clinicians.

The Hope of Healing Foundation® was founded in 2007 after three independent Cincinnati physicians, each using their own area of expertise, began working cooperatively to prevent amputations and heal wounds that previously may have led to amputation. The mission of the foundation is to reduce limb amputations through:

  • Community outreach to promote foot health and simple testing to detect amputation risk.
  • Educating the medical community about foot health and the importance of early detection.
  • Promoting innovative wound care strategies to reduce amputations.

The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD), is a non-profit education and research organization. Their mission is to inform, assist, and support people affected by gastrointestinal disorders.

The IFFGD was founded in 1991 by one person struggling with the challenges imposed by a chronic GI disorder. Many others, from all walks of life, have joined with the IFFGD.

The IFFGD works with patients, families, physicians, nurses, practitioners, investigators, regulators, employers, and others to improve digestive health in adults and children.

Dedicated to the science and translation of hyperbaric medical discoveries into clinical practice. The goal of the IHMF is to replace managed care model with effective care model, thus creating a health care system that is more effective, more efficient and less expensive.