The Burn Fund 2017 Gala and Responder Dinner Honouree was Dr. Aziz Ghahary. This video was played at the dinner to highlight and showcase the amazing research and developing breakthroughs coming out of the BC Fight Fighters' Burn, Wound and Healing Research Laboratory.
The breakthroughs are now being developed into products by UBC spin-off BirchBioMed
BirchBioMed is a clinical-stage biomedical company focused on the clinical evaluation, development and commercialization of anti-scarring drugs, autoimmune therapeutics and novel strategies for transplantation.
2017 RESPONDER HONOUREE
The Burn Fund is proud to announce Dr. Aziz Gharary as the 2017 Burn Fund Special Responder. Dr. Gharary is recognized for his exceptional achievements in the field of medical research in the area of burn treatments.
Professor in the Department of Surgery and Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of British Columbia and holds a joint appointment as an Associate Member of Dermatology and Skin Sciences at UBC. He is a Principal Investigator at ICORD, Director of the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn and Wound Healing Research Group, and a member of the active staff at Vancouver General Hospital.
Dr. Ghahary and his team works on the biology of wound healing, including burns and other nonhealing wounds. A key area of research includes a biological skin substitute for burn patients and exploring ways to eliminate scarring.
From the bench to bedside: the results of his research will impact patients directly, helping the body heal itself.
The research team is currently in phase II clinical trials with a topical cream that will turn off the processes that lead to disfiguring scars caused by burns and serious wounds for burn patients and those recovering from surgery.
Equally impressive the team is working on a reconstitutable skin substitute powder that can easily form a liquid or solid scaffold once hydrated. This low cost injectable collagen-hydrogel hybrid can rapidly form a solid gel matrix within a wound or within any void cavity.
“I firmly believe we are on the brink of remarkable new treatment options for patients with wounds or burns. I am so grateful for the donor support from the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund we
have received for the lab. Ongoing support for the program will ensure we can continue to translate new discoveries into better patient care for people in British Columbia.”
– Dr. Aziz Ghahary, B.Sc. (University of Ahwaz), M.Sc. [Public Health] (University of Tehran), Ph.D. [Physiology] (University of Manitoba), PostDoctoral Fellowship (University of Manitoba)