The University of South Australia and the Australasian Wound and Tissue Repair Society (AWTRS) invite you to attend the Adelaide Wound Healing Symposium to take place on 27th October 2017, at the Future Industries Institute, Mawson Lakes Campus. The program will feature local and national eminent experts in preclinical and clinical wound healing research presenting the latest innovative approaches for regenerative medicine including topics on burns, diabetes and chronic wounds.


Registration is FREE and all students and ECR's are encouraged to attend and submit poster presentations for which prizes will be awarded. The event will also include the AWTRS AGM, a networking session and refreshments.


If you are interested in presenting a poster, have any questions or dietary requirements please email the Chair of the Wound Healing Symposium, Dr Xanthe Strudwick - mailto:


We look forward to welcoming all to the Future Industries Institute for this inaugural event.


Date:            27TH October, 2017

Time:           9am to 4pm

Venue:        GP Building, Mawson Lakes Campus, University of South Australia

Cost:            Free - includes light refreshments, lunch and networking session


Registrations are now closed















The Programme

830-900 am Registration

Opening & Welcome 

Prof Emily Hilder, Prof Allison Cowin, Dr Xanthe Strudwick


Session 1 - Mechanisms for Tissue Repair: 

Chair: Prof Tarl Prow


A/Prof Michael Samuel - Centre for Cancer Biology, UniSA

The contribution of mechanical changes in skin to wound healing.


Dr Rachael Murray - Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation, QUT

Regulation of macrophage MMP 14 to improve wound inflammation.


Dr Lyn Wise - University of Otago, New Zealand

Treatment of equine limb wounds with orf virus IL-10 and VEGF-E improves epidermal and vascular outcomes in the healed scar tissue.


Dr Zlatko Kopecki - Future Industries Institute, UniSA

Understanding the role of Flightless I in innate immune responses during wound infection

 1030-1115 Morning Tea & Poster Session

Session 2 - Diabetes and Chronic Wounds

Chair: Dr Rachael Murray


Dr Guilherme Pena - The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University of Adelaide

The diabetic foot, a clinical perspective.


Prof Stuart Pitson - Centre for Cancer Biology, UniSA

Targeting sphingolipid signalling to improve diabetic wound healing.


Dr Stuart Mills - Future Industries Institute, UniSA

Modulating Flightless regulation of inflammation to improve wound healing.


Dr Endre Szili - Future Industries Institute, UniSA

Opportunities for cold atmospheric plasma in wound decontamination and healing.

 1235-130 pm  Lunch & AWTRS AGM

Session 3 - New Technologies for Wounds and Burns Injuries  

Chair: Prof Stuart Pitson


Prof John Greenwood - Royal Adelaide Hospital, University of Adelaide.

Complex acute wounds made simple.


Dr Brooke Farrugia - University of New South Wales.

Glycosaminoglycans – molecules that modulate wound healing and tissue remodelling, from biomarkers to biomimetics.


Prof Tarl Prow - Future Industries Institute, UniSA

Skin microbiopsy enables new approaches for translational skin research.


Prof Christina Bursil - South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

High-density lipoproteins and chemokine inhibition increase wound healing and wound angiogenesis.


Dr Leila Cuttle - Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation QUT

Biomarkers and modelling to diagnose burn severity.


Dr Anton Blencowe - School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, UniSA

Engineering old technologies for better wound dressings.


Prof Allison Cowin - Future Industries Institute, UniSA

Development of a stem cell therapy for the treatment of wounds.

350-400pm Awards and Closing Remarks

Important Note:

We hope you can join us for  a Drinks and Nibbles Networking Event after the Closing Remarks 4.00 to 6.00pm

Mawson Lakes Parking