School of Surgery

Burn Injury Research Unit

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Fiona Wood Foundation


Burns Service of WA
Fiona Stanley Hospital
MNH (B) Main Hospital
102 -118 Murdoch Drive

School of Surgery
BIRU (Research Burns Unit)
CTEC Building
Hackett Drive Entrance 2
The University of Western Australia
Western Australia 6009
Phone: (+61 8) 6488 8133

The research activities relate to all aspects of burn care in the knowledge that every intervention from the point of injury influences the scar worn for life by the patient.

The clinical research is driven from Fiona Stanley Hospital and Princess Margaret Hosptial with links to basic science and population health.

The aim of the multidisciplinary burns care team led by Winthrop Professor Fiona Wood is to deliver a service of excellence supported by evidence and driven by research.

Understanding the links between clinical outcomes and the basic systemic response to injury is pivotal in developing innovative clinical solutions to the problem of burn scar with its associated functional, psychological and cosmetic problems. 


Our past and present research interests include:

  • role of the bone marrow in burn injury
  • immune response to burn injury
  • nervous system and burn injury
  • effect of ageing
  • promoting wound repair through topical agents
  • role of nutrition and vitamin supplementation in wound repair
  • assessment tools for analysing the extent of burn injury and quality of healing
  • computer modelling and analysis of wound healing
  • development of nanomembranes to promote wound healing
  • clinical outcomes research
  • measuring the recovery of balance after burn injury


The work is supported by the Fiona Wood Foundation and NHMRC grants.


Our collaborations within UWA, and with Curtin and Murdoch universities, facilitate collaborations interstate and overseas.