Wound Healing Society
Newsletter: January, 2021
WHS Mission and Guiding Principles

Mission: Improve wound healing outcomes through science, professional education, and communication by:


SAWC/WHS is Going Virtual

The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) has made the decision to move the SAWC Spring meeting to a virtual experience to take place online over the dates May 11-15, 2021, and the WHS is pleased to announce we will partner with SAWC and hold our WHS Annual Meeting planned program sessions in conjunction with the SAWC Spring Symposium. In a time where "what's next" is unknown, one thing is sure - we must come together to provide better care and better outcomes. We hope you will be able to join us during this originally planned meeting time. While we are unable to be together in Texas, we can convene virtually and carry on the work of the Wound Healing Society.

What to expect with SAWC Virtual:

We are opening registration with our lowest rate of the year - the super saver rate! Register by March 5, 2021 to save! If you have not yet registered, click here to receive 20% off as WHS member.

The WHS Planning Committee

2021 WHS Late Breaking Poster Abstract Submission
*Submit your abstract now to be considered as a Virtual Poster for the upcoming 2021 WHS Annual Meeting.
Submit your abstract
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Deadline: Monday February 15, 2021

WHS Member Highlight - Boris Hinz, PhD

Boris Hinz, PhD1. When and how did you first get involved with the WHS?
This was likely in August 1999 when I was post-doc with Giulio Gabbiani and attended the 3rd joint meeting of the European Tissue Society (ETRS) and the Wound Healing Society in Bordeaux (France) organized by Alexis Desmouliere. As you may imagine, I do not have any recollection on WHS-specifics (or ETRS specifics, for that matter). But I do remember that it was a particularly hot Summer even for Southern France. The A/C in the auditorium failed on the first day and just afterwards in the coaches that transferred us to the social event in a cloister. Many long-lasting European-US friendships have been formed at this memorable meeting, just like putting different types of cheese in a fondue pot (smells included, I recall). Not to mention lasting effects of the Bordeaux. BTW, the A/C was fixed the next day - a Desmouliere logistic masterpiece in a county when people are used to live without A/Cs at that time.

2. As a scientist, what is the most rewarding part of your job?
Two things: (1) The continuous, ever changing, and always refreshing interaction with students and post-docs, which all seem to get younger every year. But only after I accepted that every new student does not come with the collective memory of what I had already taught the other ones. It's like Groundhog Day sometimes. (2) Related: the interaction with other scientists and clinicians all over the world at conferences and symposia. The pandemic made me painfully aware that on-line meetings just don't cut it for me.

3. What is the greatest wound care innovation in our modern times?
Oh boy, asking the wrong person. The stapler?

4. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? And why?
Tough one. I have streamed too many "superheroes-go-bad" movies and shows during the various lockdowns to still have an illusion about superpowers. What I'd really like to do sometimes is self-multiplication like baby Jack-Jack in Incredibles 2 to get all the work done. But that's scary too - my family can hardly deal with one me. Heck, I can hardly deal with one me.

5. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Honestly, no clue. I assume I have gone through all the cliche boy stages of "my dad", "not my dad", fire worker, policeman, garbage truck driver, superhero, etc. Once I started to become a sentient being (that must have been shortly after puberty), I truly wanted to become biologist - no joke. Still remember the comment of my parents on that one: "So you will be professionally unemployed?". We do have a great relationship, should you wonder.

6. What is the best advice you have ever received?
Get up! (My soccer coach, don't even remember his name).

7. Which personality traits do you value most in your colleagues?
Honesty. I can deal with an open word and never hold a grudge. OK, that's a lie; I never forget criticism - still remember the 2 pages rejection comments from reviewer #3 on my first ever manuscript submission in 1995. Or, again, remembering my soccer coach (part II): "Get up! You suck at D" (and I was defense). If I could only remember his name...

8. What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Working, still. Then travelling (partly for work). And then collecting music. I have a nice collection of vinyl records and CDs. Mostly stuff from the 70s-90s - across all genres except classic (sorry). I find it oddly satisfying to not only listen to the records but shuffling them from A to B, categorizing them, ripping them into a digital library and shuffling that one around until the files are all worn off. My daughter: "Who does that, you can stream it all on-line?" Me: "If I can get it anywhere, anytime, it has not value". Must be a German thing to enjoy that - I was hooked on stamp collections by my granddad early on, but stamps are truly boring and make no sound.

9. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
Someone hilariously funny. Like Klaus Kinski (dead, unfortunately), Bruno Ganz, Boris Karloff (also dead - long time), Anthony Hopkins, Joaquin Phoenix, Anthony Perkins (why are they all dead?), or the like. Donald Trump- also an option; he was so good in Kevin - Home Alone 2.

10. From the WHS members, who should answer these questions next?
Susan Volk - but knowing Susan's kind and helpful personality, she was probably one of the first to volunteered for this.

Distinguished Service Award Nominations
Submission deadline: January 31, 2021

For a detailed description of the Award and nomination guidelines, please visit the Distinguished Service Award site. Please read all information before submitting a nomination. Deadline to submit: January 31, 2021

The nomination materials should include 1) a nomination letter outlining the nominee's achievements and merits for this award, 2) letter of support from at least two (maximum of three) other WHS members in good standing, and 3) the nominee's CV.

Please email all nomination materials to admin.org

WHF Summer Research Fellowship
Sponsored by the Wound Healing Society

Application Deadline: February 26, 2021

$3,000 Stipend + $1,000 Lab Supplies + $1,000 Travel Grant (to WHS 2022 Annual Meeting) *upon abstract acceptance

Scope of Award

2020 Summer Research Fellowship Winner:

David Chesko
"The Effects of NF-kB Signaling in Dermal Fibroblasts on Scar Formation"

Wound Healing Foundation 3M Fellowship
Deadline extended: Monday, February 1, 2021

Apply for the $15,000 WHF-3M Fellowship!

The award is paid to the U.S. University or Medical School accepting responsibility for the research environment of the successful applicant. The award is restricted because it is intended and designated solely for salary support or direct research costs. No part of the award may be used for indirect costs or the support of routine clinical duties. Under exceptional circumstances, a Fellow may request a one year extension.

Will you be the 2021 #WHFFellow? You won't if you don't apply!

To apply: go to the 3M Fellowship page and download the application and get started! Deadline January 20,2021

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