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New burns centre for Wales

29th November 2006

The UK’s first specialist burns research centre is to be set up in Cardiff and Swansea. 

The Healing Foundation UK Centre for Burns Research will examine the physical and psychological effects of burns, and how to improve treatment and support.   The £10m centre is a joint initiative by the universities of Cardiff and Swansea along with the Morriston Hospital and the Healing Foundation charity.  A spokesperson for the charity said that the new centre is set to become a “global leader? in burns research and will offer “hope to thousands worldwide?.

The new centre will be set up at Cardiff University’s School of Medicine and at the Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery at Swansea’s Morriston Hospital.  Researchers at the prestigious centre will study the physical effects of burns, including inflammation and scar formation as well as the psychological and social aspects of living with burn scars, long-term rehabilitation and burn prevention.  It is hoped the centre will make great improvements in the treatment, care and long-term understanding of burn injuries.

Over 14,000 people are admitted to UK hospitals with serious burns each year – half of which are children.

 

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