In MAC Spotlight

The Poster Session at the 51st ABA was our largest poster event in the history of the ABA. The ABA Program Committee is accepting more posters each year to support the building of research within our burn community. Many attendees prefer the poster sessions because they can linger and review each poster. Having more posters has given more members a chance to present and even compete for the coveted Blue Ribbon for Best in Category. We now have two different poster sessions that take place on Wednesday and on Thursday to support the volume. This also is creating more opportunity for moderators to support the presenters.

Posters are divided up into specific categories that include, Critical Care, Nursing, Nutrition, Pain, Agitation, and Delirium, Prevention, Psychosocial, Public Health Epidemiology, Quality Improvement, Reconstruction, Wounds, Outpatient, and Wounds Translational. Each category has one winner. Overall, there were 34 categories, with 290 posters total, which translated into 34 poster winners.

Based on member feedback the Best in Category Friday session was moved to an electronic 2-3 minutes podium presentation to allow for the audience to sit and hear the presentations. The final moderators are Program Committee Chair, Research Committee Chair, and Membership Advisory Council Board of Trustee Member.

The 2019 Top Three Award Winners:

350Combinatorial Use of CEAs with Dermal Substitutes Containing Dermal Papilla-Like StructuresMegan Malara, MSThe Ohio State University
526Pirfenidone Inhibits Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) Genes in Keloid KeratinocytesAlexander Evdokiou, MSShriners Hospitals for Children-Cincinnati
487The Matching Assessment using Photographs with Scars (MAPS) App: Reliability TestingTanja Klotz, OTRoyal Adelaide Hospital

The ABA is currently accepting proposals for the 2020 American Burn Association meeting in Orlando, FL for educational forums, symposia, and SIG sessions. These are due May 31, 2019. This is an amazing opportunity to get involved and help ensure this meeting meets your educational and professional needs. You can submit proposals at:

Abstract submissions are due October 1, 2019.