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Scarred for life?

Most of us have experienced scarring at some point in our lives, but for some the scarring is a deeply upsetting issue. If you have scarring, find out how you could help medical research

Published on April 24th 2007.


Scarred for life?

For some, scars tell of childhood heroic tales of playing Cowboys and Indians and tumbles off bikes.

But for many a scar is a constant reminder of events they’d rather forget. It fuels self-consciousness and anxieties over appearance and at its most destructive, causes discomfort and loss of function.

And while medical research has found cures for some of the most seemingly uncurable afflictions, as yet there is no standard way of assessing scars. That is why clinicians and research scientists at Renovo Clinical Trials Unit are working on developing medicines that could prevent scars from forming and accelerate wound healing.

If you are one of the many individuals who are plagued by the thought of being scarred for life, then there is an option you could consider. Renovo are currently looking for non-Caucasians aged between 18 and 85 who have scarring of 5cm or more to take part in a study.

The study, which is reviewed independently by a Research Ethics Committee will aid Renovo’s research and may help others in the future. If you are successful in being chosen to participate, the study will involve:

• Assessment of participant inclusion/exclusion critera

• Demographic details recorded (date of birth, sex, race etc)

• The scar to be assessed will be photographed

If you'd like to take part in this study simply click here and enter your details.

• Scar details will be recorded (when you first developed the scar)

• A doctor will make an assessment of the scar

• A silicone mould impression of the scar area will be taken (a painless, non-invasive procedure).

• A spectrophotometer will be used to measure the colour of the scar; this is a simple procedure that shines a light onto your scar to determine its colour

• You will be asked to complete a Scar Assessment Questionnaire about your scar.

Renovo will also pay for your travel expenses and you will be compensated for your time.

For more information, enter your details in the form below and you will be contacted via email.

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