J. Kevin Bailey, MD, FACS, has branched out far beyond the Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Burn—indeed, far beyond the Department of Surgery—in order to improve the horrible scarring that can happen after burns. In research he'll be presenting Friday, Bailey worked with members of the Division as well as with colleagues from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, the University of Guadalajara, and The Ohio State University's own departments of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. His early results suggest the combination of pirfenidone and laser treatment do have an observable effect on altering the biomechanics that can be disrupted in severe burn scars.
Pirfenidone is a gel that improves scar pliability and color; lasers are used to allow more of the gel to penetrate into the disfiguring scars.
Bailey's multidisciplinary work here is ongoing, but may one day lead to significant improvement in the treatment of severe burn scars.
[Edited 17 February 2015 to remove references to an upcoming presentation, now past.]