BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn and Wound Healing Research Laboratory

This research team takes a collaborative approach to research, and has projects ranging from burn and wound healing to chronic inflammation and diabetes.

The team has lead discoveries into critical communication pathways in skin cells, essential to successful healing and prevention of scar tissue after a burn. Similarly, discoveries have expanded understanding of why some wounds heal and others do not.

From these and other discoveries, the team is developing highly specialized topical creams and skin substitutes that can be applied to burns and wounds to allow proper healing. Breakthroughs from the lab are allowing for significantly less scarring from burns and improved healing of wounds, results that are radically changing patient care and health outcomes for burn and accident survivors, diabetics and many others.

Leadership

Dr. Aziz Ghahary, Director

Facts

  • Located at the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, Vancouver General Hospital
  • The Lab has 1 principal investigator and 9 trainees
  • International leaders in burn and wound healing
  • The BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn, Plastic and Trauma Unit at VGH serves patients aged six and older from all areas of British Columbia.
  • Discoveries include isolating a protein key to communication among different skin cells types – necessary for successful healing
  • Developments are under way for a biological skin substitute and topical creams that can be applied to burns and wounds to allow the skin to heal properly with significantly less scaring

Contact

BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn and Wound Healing Research Laboratory
Blusson Spinal Cord Centre
4550 - 4th Floor, 818 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, B.C. V5Z1M9
Phone: 604.675.8864

For more information visit: http://burnfund.org/burn-units-and-research/research/