Thursday, April 18, 2024

Professor Wood joins WA research council

One of Australia’s most innovative and respected surgeons and medical researchers has been appointed to the WA Government’s key medical research advisory council.

WA Medical Research Minister, Stephen Dawson said he was very pleased to announce that Professor Fiona Wood, who was recently awarded Officer of the Order of Australia, was joining the Future Health Research and Innovation (FHRI) Fund Advisory Council.

“I am thrilled to welcome the esteemed Professor Fiona Wood to the FHRI Fund Advisory Council,” said Minister Dawson.

“A former Western Australia Citizen of the Year, Australian of the Year, and internationally recognised leader in burns care, Professor Wood will be a valuable asset to research and innovation in WA.

“Professor Wood’s clinical excellence and burns research have improved the quality-of-life outcomes of burn patients – both here in Western Australia and across the world.

“Our Government has a vision to make WA a global hub for innovation and medical research, and Professor Wood’s appointment to the FHRI Funds Advisory Council is another significant step to bringing this to fruition.”

A specialist burns surgeon and researcher for more than 30 years, Professor Wood is a Director of the Burns Service of Western Australia (BSWA), and the Burn Injury Research Unit UWA; consultant plastic surgeon at both Fiona Stanley Hospital,¬†and Perth Children’s Hospital; and Winthrop Professor at the University of WA’s School of Surgery.

Professor Wood also co-founded the first skin cell laboratory in Western Australia with scientist Marie Stoner, and they pioneered an innovative ‘spray-on skin’ technique to reduce permanent scarring in burns victims – a procedure used worldwide today.

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