Swansea University

Established in 2020, The Scar Free Foundation Programme of Regenerative Research at the RECONREGEN Centre supported by Health & Care Research Wales is a partnership between 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.

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.