Professor Janet Lord is a Principal Investigator at The Scar Free Foundation Centre for Conflict Wound Research and Director of the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing at The University of Birmingham. Janet is fascinated about why the body scars, especially in older people, and she and her team are carrying out ground-breaking research into scientific wound dressings that will both help prevent new wounds from scarring and laser treatments that can reduce the physical appearance of scars we already have.
There was, of course, a lot to discuss. Janet also learned more about why scarring is a problem from the perspective of those with lived experience. Susan, a survivor of the 7/7 terrorist attack on London in 2005, asked about current evidence on Laser treatment of burn scars. Janet explained that current anti-scarring laser treatments have limited or no research telling us why they sometimes work. Janet’s project aims to understand to why & how laser therapy works to improve our understanding of the biological processes triggered by the treatment.
Janet gave the Ambassadors an exclusive insight about a new research project the Foundation will be funding in the Spring on the effect of exercise on reducing the impact of ‘premature ageing ’ caused by major trauma.
Hemani, and her mum Kish also joined the call. Kish later explained that she has experienced first-hand the physical and mental impact scars have both on an individual as well as those close to them. Kish, who is a life-coach and mindfulness instructor, has generously decided to support us through her work ‘Lead for Life’. We are so grateful to Kish, Hemani and all the Modasia’s for their years of support and are proud that as well as letting us tell their incredible story, Kish is also committed to donating proceeds of some of her work to us too. Read Hemani’s story, here https://scarfree.org.uk/ambass...
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