Have you been left with painful scarring after a burn injury? MU867

Do you have a painful scar from a burn injury? Would you like to have a say in the development of an exciting new treatment for burn scarring?

Researchers at Notre Dame and Murdoch Universities are looking for two people who have experienced painful scarring from a burn injury to join them as research buddies.

Applications close: Friday 18th January, 2019

About the project

Abnormal healing after a burn can lead to the development of painful, raised, discoloured scars known as keloid and hypertrophic scars. These scars can cause disfigurement and disability which may lead to negative effects on the person’s mental wellbeing and their quality of life.

Currently there are very few treatments for these scars and so researchers at Notre Dame and Murdoch University are looking at ways to develop new and effective treatments. They have found that the sympathetic nervous system, or the ‘fight or flight response’, may be involved with the development of abnormal scarring. They want to better understand its role in abnormal scarring so they can develop a potential treatment to prevent these scars and reduce the pain associated with them.

About the position

The research team would like to work with two people who have experienced a painful scar after a burn. The position will be as a research buddy to the project.

What am I expected to do?

Research buddies will provide advice on:

  • patient information sheets and consent forms
  • recruitment strategies to enrol participants into the project
  • the best way to communicate results from the project to the wider community

When are meetings held?

Researcher buddies will meet with the research team up to two times per year at Murdoch University.

Meetings will be no longer than 1.5 hours in duration.

How long am I expected to be involved?

This project will run for one year, commencing in January 2019.

What support is offered?

$30 per hour honorarium. Training is offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network.

Applications close: Friday 18th January, 2019