Feb. 21, 2018

Swansea University launches new global hub for burns health crisis

Swansea University has launched a new global hub for academics, global institutions and clinical burns services which is intended to tackle the global health crisis of burns by reducing the number and impact of burn injuries around the world.

The Centre for Global Burn Injury (CGBIPR) is based at the College of Human and Health and has received funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to establish a Global health Research Group on Burn Trauma. This funding should be used to develop strategies to reduce the amount of burn injuries as well as to provide life-saving and affordable treatments worldwide.

The centre is led by ‌‌Professor Tom Potokar OBE. He explains, “While burn injuries represent a huge international challenge, this unique and innovative collaboration presents an enormous opportunity to transform the global picture of burns through training, research, prevention and capacity-building. Our target is to work to deliver on the ground capacity building and quality improvements to ensure real impact to save lives, reduce disability and prevent enormous suffering.”

Meanwhile Professor Ceri Phillips, Head of Swansea’s College of Human and Health Sciences, says, “The College of Human and Health Sciences is delighted to host this new initiative and excited at the opportunities to influence and inform policies and practices designed to reduce the devastating impact of burns across the world. The commitment and dedication of Professor Potokar in this field of study has delivered significant benefits on an international scale, and the establishment of this Centre will enable even greater reach and impact, especially in relatively deprived and disadvantaged communities and countries, which the College is privileged to support.”

Find out more about The Centre for Global Burn Injury.

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