The Scar Free Foundation and Health and Care Research Wales Programme of Regenerative Medicine is a world-leading, pioneering programme of facial reconstruction research at Swansea University. The primary focus of the new programme is the development and translation of the team's novel techniques for 3D printing soft tissue – initially cartilage – for use in facial reconstructive surgery. In addition, the team is developing existing collaborations and research in the area of ‘big data’ and health informatics to gain a comprehensive understanding of the prevalence, aetiology, impact (both psychological and physical), and outcomes of facial scarring in Wales.
Our programme is funded in partnership with Health & Care Research Wales, Reconstructive Surgery & Regenerative Medicine at Swansea University Medical School and the Welsh Centre for Burns & Plastic Surgery. The programme is led by Professor Iain Whitaker, Chair of Plastic Surgery at Swansea University Medical School and Surgical Specialty Lead for Health and Care Research Wales.
You can find out more about the projects underway below.