Research & Tech
The vision of the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society (CFBTS) is to support initiatives that will improve outcomes and quality of life for burn survivors and individuals affected by other severe skin injuries. Recently, the CFBTS recognized that creating opportunities in research to develop innovative treatments to regenerate the skin would be necessary to realize our ultimate objective. To this end, we invested $1 million dollars over 5 years (2015-2020) in order to develop the CFBTS Chair in Skin Regeneration and Wound Healing, which is currently held by Dr. Jeff Biernaskie.
Dr. Biernaskie’s work looks at unlocking ways to encourage the body to heal itself using stem cells, overcoming some of the challenges associated with skin grafts and the complexities of the dermis layer of skin. The research will focus on better understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of animals that can quickly heal wounds, and applying that knowledge to advance treatments for both human and animal patients.
What’s Happening in Research & Tech
Researchers ask burn survivors: 'What would make life better?' When Dr. Jeff Biernaskie and his University of Calgary Skin Regeneration Team set to work to build better skin grafts with stem cells, they wanted to [...]
UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY Patient Experience Living with Split Thickness Skin Grafts by Lindsay Nicole Burnett A THESIS SUBMITTED TO THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER [...]
CTV Calgary Published Thursday, February 7, 2013 4:36PM MST Last Updated Thursday, February 7, 2013 6:35PM MST Two Calgary doctors are among the first to receive funding from Alberta Innovates and will use the money [...]
One Million Dollar Gift The Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society is extraordinarily proud to announce a one million dollar gift to the University of Calgary to establish the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society Chair in [...]
Alberta Innovates Grant for Burn Research With the assistance of the CFBTS Dr. Jeff Biernaskie and Dr. Vincent Gabriel of the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Centre have received the Alberta Innovates Provincial Grant! This [...]
Brody Lingren Donation & Provincial Grant Five year old Brody Lindgren, with the blessing of his mother Heidi generously donated his piggy bank to the “Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society” (CFBTS) in November. Brody’s [...]
Investigators: Jeff Biernaskie (project leader), University of Calgary; Vincent Gabriel, University of Calgary Description: The surgical standard of care for deep burns and wounds is autologous split thickness skin grafting (STSG). It can be [...]