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WHS Member Spotlight - Traci Wilgus, PhD
Traci A. Wilgus, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology in the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University (OSU). She received both her B.S. in Microbiology and Ph.D. in Molecular Virology, Immunology, and Medical Genetics from Ohio State. Her doctoral work focused on understanding the role of inflammation in skin carcinogenesis. During this time she became interested in how inflammation affects wound healing and scar formation. After completing her Ph.D., she trained as a post-doc with Luisa DiPietro at Loyola University Medical Center, studying the influence of VEGF on various aspects of repair. After spending some time in a junior faculty position at University of Illinois-Chicago, she returned to OSU to begin a tenure-track position and start an independent research program focusing on skin cancer and wound healing. Dr. Wilgus serves on the editorial board of several journals and is a Deputy Editor (Basic Sciences) for Wound Repair and Regeneration. She has been a member of the Wound Healing Society for 20 years. Over this period of time, she has been a member of various WHS committees, served on the Board of Directors, was Co-Chair of the 2015 annual meeting, and recently completed a three-year term as Secretary.
1. When and how did you first get involved with the WHS?
I first became a member of the WHS and started attending the WHS meetings as a graduate student. At the time I was involved in cancer research, but was beginning to work on wound healing projects. I continued to do research in the wound healing space and eventually became more involved in WHS leadership after starting my career as an independent scientist.
2. As a clinician or a scientist, what is the most rewarding part of your job?
For me, the best part of my job is being able to learn something new every day.
3. What is the greatest wound care innovation in our modern times?
In terms of wound healing research, I think the biggest innovation during my career has been the continued development of molecular tools to study the function of specific cells and regulatory pathways in vivo. The ability to tag/trace specific cell types and to induce or knock out gene expression, especially in a temporal and cell specific manner, has improved our understanding of the basic mechanisms of wound healing.
4. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? And why?
I like to be able to prepare for what is ahead, so my superpower would be the ability to see into the future. I think we could all use a superpower like that these days - will this world ever get back to normal?
5. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was really young, I vacillated between wanting to be a teacher and an Olympic volleyball player. Sadly, my athletic goal was thwarted by a lack of vertical growth past the age of about 12! As I got older and started getting into trouble with coaches and teachers for asking too many questions about how things worked, I thought research might be a good option, I could ask questions for a living. I suppose an academic research career turned out to be a good option for me since I get to ask questions and also be involved in teaching.
6. What is the best advice you have ever received?
I've always liked the classic "Treat others as you want to be treated" advice. Since I tend to overthink things sometimes (OK, all of the time) resulting in what Andrew Baird would probably describe as analysis paralysis, I also like "Just do it" (yes, I will admit that Nike Ads speak to me).
7. Which personality traits do you value most in your colleagues?
Integrity, humility, and a sense of humor.
8. What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Traveling to/exploring/taking pictures of new places, playing/watching sports, spending time with friends/family, and embarrassing my son (see question 9, below).
9. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
Who came up with this question?! I suppose in order to be true to life, it would have to be someone that is also vertically challenged...maybe Reese Witherspoon? We also seem to have similar philosophies on raising kids. In a recent interview, I heard her say that it is her job as a mom to embarrass her kids (I agree).
10. From the WHS members, who should answer these questions next?
I think we should throw these questions up north to Boris Hinz.
Wound Repair and Regeneration (WRR) as the official journal of The Wound Healing Society (WHS), The European Tissue Repair Society, The Japanese Society for Wound Healing, and The Australian Wound Management Association is taking a new approach to how a journal is led editorially.
We are excited to announce that WRR is being relaunched with a team of three Academic Editors serving as co-editors-in-chief and several senior editors. This relaunch is focused on authors and readers by appointing an EIC with special expertise in each main area: Basic Science of Wound Repair (Boris Hinz, PhD), Clinical and Translational Studies in Wound Care with a knowledge of industrial/commercial translation (Rob Kirsner, MD, PhD), and Regenerative Medicine in Wound Healing (Heather Powell, PhD). The editorial team is supported by a new managing editor (Erge Edgu-Fry, PhD) who handles everyday technical aspects of running of the journal and general communication with authors and reviewers. The team has been working together since July of 2020 and have already noticed a quicker decision time from date of submission of new articles compared to previous years. The new editorial team is in the process of revamping the editorial board and reaching out for readership-relevant content such as topical quick reviews and meeting synopses.
Previously, Dr. Jeffrey Davidson had been leading the journal as Editor in Chief since 2016. During this time, Jeff has brought much needed structure and stability to the journal with the editorial team he has put together. Jeff has worked diligently with the Executive and Publications Committees to help launch this new model of academic publishing by diffusing control and direction to multiple experts in a diverse field and has been instrumental during the critical transition period. We sincerely thank Jeff for his hard work and dedication to the WRR Journal.
The WHS Education Committee is proud to introduce the
Chronicles of Wound Scene Investigation!
The WHS Education Committee has created an access to the topics and materials presented in the "Wound Scene Investigation" sessions during the WHS/SAWC meetings starting from year 2010. The material is presented in the form of an electronic flip book called Chronicles of Wound Scene Investigation (WSI) in a way that the reader can follow each topic just like it was presented during the original WSI presentations. This includes a case-based approach with patient presentation, pathophysiology, underlying biochemical mechanisms and cell biology, treatments applied and treatment pearls, with evidence-based supporting evidence.
Topics include Bacterial Toxigenesis, Biologics, Charcot Foot Deformity, Pyoderma Gangrenosum, Osteomyelitis, Chronic Wound Environment, Epithelialization, Malignancies Masquerading as Chronic Wounds, and much more...
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