Prof. H.O.Rennekampff is currently head of Department of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery, Burn Surgery at Klinikum Leverkusen. His clinical work encompasses the treatment of paediatric burn injuries and pressure ulcers of various extents. Previous experimental work has focused on skin tissue replacement and wound healing of burn injuries. During a research fellowship at UC San Diego, USA, he was actively involved in the design of epidermal replacements and temporary dressings to promote cutaneous healing. This research led to a patent on a cultured epidermal skin substitute. Research on IL-8 in wound healing resulted in his PhD Thesis at the University of Tuebingen. Understanding thermal injuries in contrast to acute and chronic wound as well as scarring has been another focus of his work. He presented his work at ETRS meetings since 1995. H.O. Rennekampff designed a recent clinical phase III on a topical ointment to improve wound healing. Currently, his research activities include chronic wounds and scarring. H.O.Rennekampff is member of various national and international clinical and scientific societies and Past-President of the German Burn Foundation and coordinator of the German Burn Guidelines .
Wound healing has come a long way since its beginning and it has been the goal of the ETRS to contribute to this understanding in many ways. In cutaneouns wound healing basic and clinical research have focused on tissue replacement and protein receptor mediated stimulation of wound healing.
In the future I would like to draw attention to biophysics as an approach to improve wound healing. There is a lack of understanding in basic research and clinical application on the interaction of physical forces like light, electrical current and thermal energy on cell behaviour. In light of governmental regulation and financial resources I believe that it is a necessity to exploit these alternative approaches to improve wound healing and tissue repair.
This approach will start at the teaching level of medical students. Teaching on physical interaction with cells and tissue is not well represented in medical curricula. Furthermore biophysicists should actively be approached to participate in research in wound repair and, to contribute to ETRS meetings. Lastly I would like to encourage industry to invest in research on physical interaction of dressings and devices to stimulate wound healing and improve tissue repair.
Prof. Dr.med.Hans-Oliver Rennekampff
Department of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery, Burn Surgery
Am Gesundheitspark 11
51375 Leverkusen , Germany
Tel.:+49 (0)214 13 2151