The Scar Free Foundation Hybrid Update Event 2021

Recently we held our first hybrid Annual Update event. The event was attended by over 50 Scar Free supporters, researchers and Ambassadors and took place in our new, recently re-opened base and the ‘home of surgery’, The Royal College of Surgeons of England. The event was also broadcast live and over 200 additional friends and family of the Foundation tuned in virtually.

Our event provided a unique insight into the problems of scarring and the pioneering research we are funding to achieve our mission: to achieve scar free healing within a generation and transform the lives of those affected by disfiguring conditions.

Professor Jonathan Sandy

Scarring in Cleft Lip and Palate: Causes, Treatment and Living with a Cleft

Professor Sandy explained what a scar is and the role of genetics. Professor Sandy described the work the Foundation has funded at The Cleft Collective. The Collective has recruited 3,500 children born with cleft and their families. By studying this genetic information, we can find answers to long standing unknowns around cleft lip and cleft palate, as well as unlock the unknowns around scarring in general.

Professor Janet M Lord

Reducing Scarring – Teaching Old Cells New Tricks!

Professor Lord explained how the different cells that come into a wound site influence the rate at which healing occurs and the degree of scarring. She described her research on laser therapy for established scars and how it aims to reset the healing process and reduce scarring.

Liam Soffe

Living with Scarring

On the 29th of May 2014, Liam and Sinead's youngest little girl, six-month old baby Elizabeth, survived a fire at their home in Qatar. Elizabeth was severely burnt all over her body. She lost most of her fingers, part of her nose and one of her ears.

Speaking from the heart, Liam's talk captivated us all and reinforced the exact reason why our mission is so important.

We are proud to note that Liam, Sinead, Elizabeth and their family are all Scar Free Ambassadors.

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh

Chairman of The Scar Free Foundation

“Our great scientists have scarring in our sights. We believe that over the next generation we can reduce the pain and suffering caused by scarring.”

Brendan Eley

Chief Executive of The Scar Free Foundation

“We’ve all lived through enormously challenging times. Thanks to our donors, volunteers and Ambassadors, The Scar Free Foundation is coming out stronger than ever". Brendan provided an insight into the past year's activity and our exciting plans for the future.