Welsh and Australian research groups in global wound healing collaboration16th July 2014
An international collaboration will link two national wound-healing initiatives, enhancing the capabilities of both and driving innovation for the benefit of those suffering with acute and chronic wounds.
The Wound Management Innovation CRC, Australia, and the Welsh Wound Innovation Initiative have entered into an international collaboration agreement to pool their respective strengths in scientific and clinical research and education, through an international wound management research collaboration (IWMRC).
The Welsh Wound Innovation Centre is a centre of excellence funded by the Welsh Government and focused on the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic wounds, as well as ensuring that skin health is maintained. The Welsh Wound Innovation Centre is run by a team of wound healing researchers and clinicians headed by professor Keith Harding, CEO and medical director.
Speaking about the collaboration, professor Harding said: ‘This is a significant step forward in improving our understanding and care for patients with wound problems, which are a global challenge. By collaborating in this way we will not only exchange ideas and training but we will also capture comprehensive and accurate data across continents. This will be the first time that this has been possible in this clinical arena.’
The Wound Management Innovation CRC was established in Australia to address the challenge of wound management through research into innovative wound care tools, systems and technologies. CEO of the Wound Management Innovation CRC, Dr Ian Griffiths, said: ‘We are delighted to have signed a collaboration, which will build upon the already demonstrated strengths of both organisations. This world-first collaboration will initially focus on two important outcomes: an international post-graduate student exchange programme and incorporating the Australian and Welsh Wound Registries to establish the International Registry of Wounds.’
The student exchange program is designed to increase collaboration between the Australian and global wound community. This is the only programme in the world of its kind. It will allow the highest calibre higher degree students to travel internationally and collaborate with the world’s best wound care researchers and practitioners.
The International Registry of Wounds collects essential information that acts as the cornerstone of understanding in chronic wounds.