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2018 International Summit Forum on Burns & Trauma

New starting point and new future of burn surgery

May 24, 2018

On May 16-18, the 2018 International Summit Forum on Burns & Trauma (ISFBS), organized by the Institute of Burn Research, Southwest Hospital, Army Medical University, was held in Raddison Blue Hotel, Chongqing, China.

This conference was also a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Institute of Burn Research. Beginning with a poetry recital by the three-generation staff of the institute, the opening ceremony kicked off. Also a special video for the 60th anniversary of the Institute was shown, which displayed many footprints the Institute made in the past 60 years.

On this special occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Institute, the conference takes “New starting point and new future of burn surgery” as the theme. The vice director of the Institute Prof. Peng Yizhi together with the President of the Chinese Burn Association Prof. Wu Jun were the chairman of the conference, the director of the Institute, Prof. Luo Gaoxing was the executive chairman of the conference.

This conference attracted more than 500 delegates from over 12 countries and regions. A total of 30 speakers including academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Prof. Bian Xiuwu,  academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Medcine, Prof. Nicholas Peppas, the former president of International Society for Burn Injuries (ISBI) and the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Burn Care & Research Prof. David Herndon, the President-elect of ISBI Dr. Naiem Moiemen, the former president of ABA Prof. Tina Palmieri, the past-president of ANZBA Prof. Roy Kimble, the former president of ISBI Prof. Naoki Aikawa, Rajeev B. Ahuja, and other outstanding experts from Canada, USA, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, China (including Taiwan, Hong Kong) were invited to give keynote speeches on the forum. The topics covered multi-fields related to burn injury, including tissue regeneration, cell therapy, biomaterials in wound healing, critical care, burn repair and reconstruction, wound infection, scar management, physical and psychological rehabilitation, and attempt of using new techniques (e.g. 3d printing, telemedicine system) in wound care and improvement of medical system. The conference not only aroused review of experience in burn care, but also inspired thinking of future direction of burn medicine.

Moreover, Burns & Trauma successfully held an editorial board meeting during ISFBS on May 18th, with a total of 13 editorial board members and 3 international experts attended the meeting. The Editor-in-Chief Prof. Wu Jun expressed his great gratitude to all the editorial board members for their great support, said that the journal will not achieve such progress without their whole-hearted devotion, and hosted a lively discussion on many key issues for journal development, which turns out to be efficient and effective. 

In Chinese culture, 60 years is called a “Jiazi” which means a complete astrological cycle and also a fresh new start. The International Summit Forum on Burns & Trauma has been successfully held by the Institute of Burn Research, Southwest hospital for three times since 2016, which has become a brand and platform for international scholarly exchange on burns and trauma. This conference is extremely efficient with combining several other meetings together, including the Founding Congress of Burn Medicine Branch of CPAM, the 14th Symposium on Chinese Burn Medicine, and the 1st Workgroup Meeting of Asia-Pacific Skin Bank Guideline. It was a really successful conclusion for the past 60 years and also a fresh new starting point and new future of burn surgery.