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Scar Free Symposia

This autumn we will be holding two collaborative gatherings of clinical and scientific experts to help us define our short, medium and long-term funding priorities.

The priority areas will form the basis of our first Scar Free funding call in 2018.  

Our Scar Free Strategy is a broad road map which articulates the steps towards scar free healing; encompassing basic science, clinical and psychological research. The delivery of the strategy will be the primary focus of two symposia.

To allow ample time for discussion of all imperatives we have spread the programme across two days. Both days will feature presentations by national and international speakers followed by a facilitated discussion.

We regret, we are at capacity for both events so are unable to accept any further delegates. Outputs from both symposia will published on this website 

Scar Free Healing: Clinical Needs and Practice

26 September 2017
BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP 

Agenda 

  • Introduction
    • Professor Peter Weissberg, Chairman, Scar Free Foundation Research Council  - Overview of the day and ways of working
    • Ms Charlotte Coates - Development of the Scar Free Strategy
    • Ms Lottie Pollak -  A patient’s perspective on scar free healing
  • Imperative 1:     The Prevention of Scarring
    • Theme Lead: Mr Ken Dunn, Manchester Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery
      • Speakers:
      • Dr Julie Mytton, University of West England re. Primary Prevention
      • Mr Adam Reid, Manchester University re. Secondary Prevention
      • Professor Simon Myers Queen Mary, University of London, re. Tertiary Prevention
  • Imperative 2: Standardisation of Diagnosis, Treatment and Outcomes
    • Theme Lead: Professor Andy Hart, University of Glasgow
    • Speakers: 
    • Professor Andy Hart, The importance of clinical outcome measures in directing research, and examples of the good and bad
    • Mr Jason Wong, University of Manchester  Clinical outcome measurement in scarring
    • Mr Chris West, University of Edinburgh - Developing outcome measures in fibrosis that will advise directly upon translational development
    • Mr Jeremy Rodrigues, University of Oxford - The scientific basis of outcome measures, and comments upon PROM development
    • Mr Naiem Moiemen and Professor Janet Lord, Scar Free Foundation Centre for Burns Research - The outcome of the SIFTI prospective cohort study
    • Keynote Address: Scar Free Healing: Developments in Burns Dr David Herndon,  University of Texas USA Via Video conference
    • Imperative 3:     Psychological Interventions
      • Theme Leads:  Professor Nichola Rumsey, University of West England and Dr Alex Clarke, Clinical Lead, The Scar Free Healing Advisory Group
      • Speakers
      • Dr Heidi Williamson, Understanding psychosocial adjustment to visible difference: risk and protective factors
      • Professor Di Harcourt, University of West England re. Interventions to support psychosocial adjustment to visible differences: Where should we go from here?
      • Dr Alex Clarke, re. Behavioural approaches to scar free research
      • Prof Nichola Rumsey Short, medium and long-term priorities in psychological research
  • Group discussion: defining short, medium and long-term priorities
    • Facilitator: Professor Janet Lord, University of Birmingham

The Biology of Scar Free Healing

10 October 2017
Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London, W1G 9LQ 

 Draft Agenda (Please note we are still awaiting the confirmation of some talk titles).

  • Introduction


    • Professor Peter Weissberg, Chairman, Scar Free Foundation Research Council  - Overview of the day and ways of working
    • Professor Maggie Dallman- Development of the Scar Free Strategy
    • Ms Lottie Pollak -  A patient’s perspective on scar free healing
  • Imperative 1:  Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine
    • Theme Lead: Professor John Iredale, University of Bristol
    • Speakers:
    • Professor Seamus Donnelly, University College Dublin re. Fibrosis, lessons from the lungs
    • Professor Stuart Forbes, Edinburgh University re. Macrophages and liver fibrosis
    • Dr Filipa Simoes Oxford University re. Fibrosis, lessons from the heart
  • Imperative 2: Human Genetics and Patient Cohorts
    • Theme Lead: Dr Tim Peakman. UK Biobank
    • Speakers:
    • Professor Martin Tobin, Leicester University
    • Professor Cathie Sudlow, Edinburgh University
    • Scar Free Foundation Cleft Gene Bank and Cohort Study 
  • Imperative 3: Comparative Biology
    • Theme Lead: Professor Paul Martin, University of Bristol
    • Speakers:
    • Dr Michael Longaker, Stanford University, USA – Via Video-conference
    • Professor Malcolm Maden, University of Florida USA 
    • Professor Fiona Watt, King’s College London re. Fibroblast heterogeneity in the skin: Deciphering lineages and functional relationships
  • Imperative 4: Pathway Biology
    • Professor Mike Whitfield, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine New Hampshire, USA re. applying systems biology to complex biological processes in scarring and fibrosis
    • Professor Rachel Chambers, UCL, re. Insights into the pathogenesis of scarring in the lungs
    • Dr Daniel Kelberman, Great Ormond Street Hospital, re. Integrating multi-omics data to understand pathways in disease and develop new therapies
    • Group discussion: defining short, medium and long-term priorities
      • Facilitator: Professor John Iredale, University of Bristol

 If you would like further information about the events please contact charlotte@scarfree.org.uk