In addition to supporting our full-time research fellows, we would like to develop a medical student and trainee-led international consortium on burns and scarring research. We aim to harness the dedication and imagination of medical students and trainee doctors from the UK and across the world to develop and advance high quality research projects which will benefit patients.
On this page, we will be posting details of the collaborative projects which we are currently supporting. Read on to see how you could get involved.
If you have an idea for a collaborative research project in burns or scarring which you would like to take forward with us, get in touch by clicking here.
KelS: International Keloid Survey
This is a trainee led research project surveying the public perception of keloid scars. The public are asked about aetiology, symptomatology, epidemiology and treatment. Data is collected across different countries within Australasia, America and Europe giving an international comparison between populations.
The overall framework which will be followed in carrying out this project is described in the flowchart below. Data collector recruitment is ongoing worldwide.
The full data collection protocol is available for download here.
- The public in keloid prevalent populations will know most about the condition
- The public in general know that keloids are scars.
- Those with the highest level of education know the most about the condition.
- Translating the survey (optional)
- Preparing logistics
- Piloting the survey
- Reviewing the pilot
- Conducting the survey
- Uploading the results
- Medical students and doctors in training interested in the field of scars, dermatology or plastic & reconstructive surgery
- We are looking to conduct this survey in the following geographical areas: Caribbean, Africa, Europe, South America
- Recognition as a collaborator in any publications which result from this
- Experience in a multi-centre, trainee led research project
- The chance to present your findings at local meetings
- Association with Restore and being kept up-to-date with any future opportunities to be involved in research projects
- A short CV attached
- 100 words describing your background and why you would like to be involved in this international project
- South America
- Data collector recruitment deadline August 31st 2017
- Data collection September 6th – October 31st 2017
- Data analysis November 1st – December 31st 2017
- This is a field work project which involves going into the public space to ask people, face-to-face, what they know about keloids. We use a standard protocol that specifies how, when and where to survey. Each survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete and the data collection can be comfortably completed in 5 days.
- The survey can be translated: strictly. We ask that you translate it from English into the target language by a native speaker of both languages THEN get the translation converted back into English by a different person. If it matches the original then the translation is satisfactory. We apply this process for consistency and accuracy.
- We have a regular series of studies that will advance knowledge, care and also, the education and CV of the collaborator. Get involved, you’ve everything to gain!