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QUT seeks to heal wounds without scars

McElwain, Sean, Leavesley, David I., George, Graeme A., & Upton, Zee (2006) QUT seeks to heal wounds without scars. (Unpublished)

Abstract

Treatment of wounds represents a significant challenge at all levels of our society, in terms of cost (physical, emotional and financial) to patients, the economy and to the wider Australian and global communities. Despite this, relatively little research is directed at this hidden health problem. The Tissue Repair & Regeneration team at QUT is addressing this challenge using advanced biotechnological, biomaterials and bioengineering strategies. Our interdisciplinary team is focussed on delivering practical innovations in wound healing, with an emphasis on diabetic and venous ulcers, as well as burns. This 'snapshot' of our research briefly describes some of the research projects we are pursuing at QUT: interactions of growth factors with other components of the extracellular milieu in tissues; cellular mechanisms associated with wound healing and scar remediation; diagnostic and prognostic markers of healing; novel, relevant, ex vivo 3D skin equivalent models for pre-clinical evaluation of new wound therapeutics; and the design and production of "smart" bioactive wound dressings. The overall goal of our research is to generate new technologies and wound management interventions that keep patients healthy and obviate their need to depend upon the cost-intensive hospital-based health care sector.

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ID Code: 3445
Item Type: Other
Keywords: Tissue repair, wound healing, scarless healing, scarring, bioactive bandage, skin repair, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Past > Schools > School of Life Sciences
Past > Schools > School of Physical & Chemical Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:30

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