University of Bristol

Established in 2020, The Scar Free Foundation Programme of Wound Healing Research at the University of Bristol combines Bristol’s established expertise in wound healing biology and population-based cohort studies of human disease, in order to identify scar associated genes.

We know there is a spectrum of scarring responses across the human population, from those who barely scar at all through to individuals who form keloid scars, and it is this natural range of responses that we are taking advantage of using novel population health approaches to identify genes that are associated either with reduced or excessive scarring. Knowledge of these genes will enable the future development of scar free therapies.

This 5-year programme of work includes two projects, which you can find more out about below and ‘genre hopping’ PhDs. The programme is led by Professor Paul Martin.