10:34am Saturday 25 January 2020

UniSA high tech player in wound research

Prof Rob Short, Director of UniSA's Mawson InstituteThree UniSA researchers are part of the new Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) which has received $28 million in Federal Government funding announced by Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr.
Professor Rob Short and Dr David Steele from the Mawson Institute along with Professor Hans Griesser from the Ian Wark Research Institute will lead research into tools and therapies to improve wound healing.
Professor Rob Short, Director of the Mawson Institute, said chronic wounds were the second-most billed Medicare item in the country.
“Some patients have been living with chronic wounds for years and these wounds have a dramatic impact on quality of life,” Prof Short said.
“This is the most large-scale attempt to look at chronic wound healing and management ever in the world. It’s a genuine Australian first in priority health research.”
Partners in the Wound Management Innovation CRC are UniSA, Queensland University of Technology, Curtin University of Technology, CSIRO, Smith & Nephew, and Tissue Therapies.
UniSA and the Mawson Institute will lead one of three themes entitled ‘Tools and therapies’.
“We’ll be looking at tools for allowing patients to monitor the status of their wounds, and allowing them to know if their wounds are healing or getting worse,” Prof Short said.
“We’ll also be developing bioactive gels delivered on bandages to promote the healing of wounds.”
The Wound Management Innovation CRC is one of three CRC initiatives which UniSA is involved in from this latest funding.
UniSA is also involved in the CRC for Remote Economic Participation to close the gap on Aboriginal disadvantage and the CRC for Infrastructure and Engineering Asset Management to increase availability, productivity and useful life of defence assets.

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