In preparation for our 51st Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, we have collected our available research sessions to attend throughout the week below. Be sure to read up and register for your favorites!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The focus of this year’s Research SIG will be on crafting specific aims for grants to the National Institutes of Health and to the Department of Defense. Guest speakers from both the NIH and DOD will be present. Attendees are encouraged to bring drafts of their aims for the interactive portion of the session, where senior investigators can comment on individuals aims.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The Bioengineering and Biophysics Special Interest Group seeks to introduce emerging technologies for burn care thru education and collaboration among clinicians, industry, and scientists. The program focus this year will include 4-6 presentations from clinicians, commercialization partners, and scientists in bringing their technologies to burn patients.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Animal models are used in research to study disease mechanisms and investigate novel therapies. There are several different animal models used for studying burns and scarring, and each has its benefits and limitations. This session will give an overview of different types of animal models currently used for studying burn wound healing and scar development and will outline the pros and cons of each model.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) provides grants to researchers who share their mission, including those interested in improving the lives of burn survivors. NIDILRR currently funds the Burn Model Systems (BMS) program and other funding mechanisms are available for burn researchers. This forum will describe the NIDILRR funding mechanisms, the logistics of submitting a grant, along with tips for writing a successful NIDILRR grant application. NIDILRR’s BMS officer will be available to answer questions and information on how to access a large longitudinal data of post-injury outcomes of burn survivors will also be provided.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The burn research process can be challenging for the beginner. Conceptualizing an idea, formulating research end-points, conducting the research, then moving forward toward publishing can be a daunting task. Lack of resources to facilitate research can be a barrier to starting a research project in the first place. Please join us for an opportunity to share thoughts and ideas on how to facilitate burn research, as well as how to find the necessary resources to ensure that your research project is a success.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Funding for translation burn research can be difficult to identify and NIH and DOD funding mechanisms/requirements can be complex for new investigators seeking to match a solicitation for their research project. We will explain the routes and mechanisms, convey what the agencies are looking for in terms of proposal structure and content, and share tips from both representatives of the funding agencies or grant reviewers, as well as experienced investigators with successful federal funding track records. Participants are encouraged to bring proposals in progress or previous submissions to share, and garner feedback from both mid-career and senior federally funded investigators.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

This forum is designed to update burn care providers with recent advances in the understanding of how burn wounds heal. The topics range from insights gained in evolution of zones of injury in the acute wound, to increased understanding of the interactions of keratinocytes and dermal fibroblasts in regeneration and scarring of the remodeling wound. The role of adipocyte derived stem cells in scarring and healing will be reviewed. New animal and human models of healing and regeneration will be introduced.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The ABuRN group of the ABA is a multidisciplinary group of members committed to advancing burn care through collaborative research. Vital patient information from multiple burn centers is gathered by the ABuRN group in each study in hopes of answering many of the questions asked regarding the standards of burn treatment. This will ultimately add more scientific fact for many of the burn care treatments utilized today. At this multidisciplinary session, ABA leadership and clinical researchers will review the progress of current studies and discuss the status of future projects.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

A favorite session among attendees. Editors from each of the top publications in burn care present and discuss major advances in published burn research throughout the past year. Journals represented include: Journal of Burn Care and Research; Wound Repair and Regeneration; Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery; and Burns.

Friday, April 5, 2019

There is a gap in knowledge regarding the role of the microbiome in burn patient pathophysiology. With more information, we may better target therapeutics, especially antimicrobials, as well as understand the interactions of multiple systems and environment in primary issues of concern for burn patients including shock, burn progression, wound healing, and scar outcomes. To determine an approach for research priorities we will systematically evaluate our current state of understanding as well as the currently available tools to be able to study a complex set of systems in this complex patient demographic.

Educational levels are mixed.  Specific session education levels can be found in the mobile app.