For the first time, a team of a multi-disciplinary team will use a novel model to analyze treatment options in hopes to disrupt biofilm formation, and/or devise a strategy to prevent re-formation of biofilms over burn wounds.
Chandan Sen says new treatments with topical agents that inhibit biofilm formation or promote their detachment, and reduce wound infections, could have a tremendous impact not only for military medicine, but also for civilian hospitals, wound care centers and trauma units worldwide.
The grant will be used to study the benefits of using brown algae extracted from seaweed and giant kelp, specifically for the treatment of burn wounds.
Biofilms, which, according to the Center for Disease Control, are linked to 60 percent of all chronic infections in the U.S. alone, also pose a significant threat to victims of war who suffer from burn wounds acquired in active duty.
Read more about Burn Wound Care Research at the Comprehensive Wound Care Center and the Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute at Ohio State.