St. Andrews Anglia Ruskin Burns and Plastic Surgery Research Unit

The internationally renowned St Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns runs a joint Research Group with the PMI (StAAR).

The Centre is based at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, covering a population of 3.2 million people, and a regional burns service serving a population of 9.8 million, with patients also visiting from all around the world to be treated by the Centre’s highly-trained, specialist plastic surgeons.

The aim of StAAR is three-fold: to restore wounds, promote healing and allow the body to regenerate new tissue instead of scarring; better understand scar modulation and design new pathways of rehabilitation (physical therapies); and develop cost-effective, reproducible techniques based on existing technology that can be disseminated as common practice in modern regenerative medicine and surgery.

StAAR members have published over 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals, presented over 100 papers at national and international scientific meetings and given 20 invited lectures at scientific meetings.