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Fiona Wood

Clinical Professor Fiona Wood is a mother of six, Head of Royal Perth Hospital's Burns Unit and Director of the Western Australia Burns Service. She is also co-founder of Clinical Cell Culture, a private company recognised in medical circles...

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Fiona Wood's Biography

Clinical Professor Fiona Wood is a mother of six, Head of Royal Perth Hospital's Burns Unit and Director of the Western Australia Burns Service. She is also co-founder of Clinical Cell Culture, a private company recognised in medical circles for its translational research in the treatment of burns.
In addition, Fiona Wood is also a Clinical Professor with the School of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Australia and Chair of the McComb Research Foundation. She has become world renowned for her patented invention of spray on skin cells for burns victims, a treatment which is continually developing. Where previous techniques of skin culturing required 21 days to produce enough cells to cover major burns, Fiona and her team has reduced that period to five days.
Via her research, Fiona found that scarring is greatly reduced if replacement skin could be provided within 10 days. As a burns specialist the ‘holy grail’ for Fiona Wood is scarless healing. A graduate of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School in London, Fiona worked at a major British hospital before marrying Western Australian born surgeon and migrating to Perth with their first two children in 1987. She completed her training in plastic surgery between having four more children.
In October 2002, Fiona was propelled into the media spotlight when the largest proportion of survivors from the Bali bombings arrived at Royal Perth Hospital. She led a courageous and committed team in the fight to save 28 patients suffering from between two and 92 per cent body burns, infections and delayed shock.
Her exceptional leadership and surgical skills and the fact that she and the team had the vision to plan for a large-scale disaster five years before the Bali tragedy, brought world-wide praise and recognition to the Royal Perth Hospital Burns Unit and highlighted the ground breaking research into burns treatment taking place in Western Australia.
Although Fiona Wood came into the public eye following Bali, she has been well known and respected in her field of burns internationally and locally for many years. Her business, Clinical Cell Culture, came about after a schoolteacher arrived at Royal Perth Hospital in 1992 with petrol burns to 90% of his body. Fiona turned to the emerging US-invented technology of cultured skin to save his life, working nights with scientist Marie Stoner. A friendship developed, and the two women joined forces to explore tissue engineering. They moved from growing skin sheets to spraying skin cells; earning a world-wide reputation as pioneers in their field. The company started operating in 1999 and is now planning to release its technology globally to use the royalties to fund further burns research.
Through her enthusiasm, innovation and vision, Fiona has saved and improved countless people's lives and has inspired a nation.