An important element of our mission is to advance the quality of wound care worldwide through funding and outreach. In 2015, the WHF board volunteered over 3,400 hours for the dedicated purpose of bringing awareness and funding to the wound healing community.
These awards are made possible by generous contributions from supporters like you. Generous contributions not only help students and researchers around the world, but also the wound healing community in general, bringing better care to individuals with acute and chronic wounds, as well as those wounds with excess scarring. Here is an overview of several programs of special interest:
The Foundation annually presents the 3M Fellow Award to an outstanding young scientist so they can become an independent investigator. Each year, the recipient presents the 3M Young Investigator Lecture at the annual meeting of the Wound Healing Foundation. The Foundation is positioned to expand its research program through additional research grants, fellowships and awards.
The Foundation is raising funds to endow this lecture given at the annual meeting of the Wound Healing Society. The goal of this campaign is $150,000 and is almost 60% complete. Lectures by scientific luminaries such as Leroy Hood from ISB and Robert Weinberg from Whitehead Institute have been funded, with Robert Langer from MIT slated to give the 2016 address.
Wound healing research funding sources are limited in spite of the growing prevalence of wounds in the general population. The WHF intends to fund research that answers key questions about wound healing in order to advance the understanding of mechanisms and improve clinical treatment outcomes.
There is also a continuing need to fund new and established investigators engaged in cutting edge research to generate pilot data leading to new innovations to advance the basic and clinical science of wound healing. Our goal for this program is to award grants beginning at or above $10,000. Our funding for the Grants program is dependent upon available yearly donations.
The WHF scholarship program recognizes and rewards deserving wound healing researchers by facilitating their attendance at essential wound healing meetings. Participation in these research meetings contributes to important scientific discussions and networking opportunities thereby increasing the quality of the recipient's future research.
Awards range in size from $100-500 dollars. Our funding for the Scholarships program is dependent upon available yearly donations.
Patient oriented outreach began in 2013 and consists of providing free informational resources, educational sessions and recognition awards. Our goal for this program is $100,000.
Wounded Warrior Athlete Initiative- Created by the WHF in 2013 to promote optimal wound and skin care amongst competitors from the armed forces with service-related injuries competing in Olympic-style competitions each year. Corporate partners EltaMD and Swiss-American Products support the distribution of warrior care kits at the Warrior Games and Invictus Games. .
Online Support Community- Launched Spring 2016, the Wound Healing Support Community is a resource developed in partnership with Inspire to help affected patients and caregivers share support and information. Come join the conversation. .
The lack of patient oriented informational resources on wounds and healing has prompted the Wound Healing Foundation to develop free web based information, educational sessions and other resources for patients, their families and caregivers. The Foundation is currently developing these to be free and downloadable.
The Foundation is also developing free web based information, educational sessions and other resources for non-wound care clinicians. Virtual educational sessions for clinicians in developing countries are also being created.
To help us develop and improve education on wound healing through information and communication resources, please go to our donate page to make a donation today.
|Scientific inquiry into wound healing is far from complete, and, consequently, the knowledge base is continually being enriched by input from clinicians and researchers.|