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EPUAP Focus Meeting Skin Health and the Microclimate

Written by Michael Clark December 11th 2013

This Focus Meeting is aimed at exchanging knowledge between scientists, clinicians and both R&D and marketing personnel in the healthcare industry, with specific reference to the latest technologies associated with skin health and microclimate management. This focus meeting is also intended to identify technological gaps and clinical needs, and we envisage it will further consolidate a long-lasting, EPUAP supported academia-industry network in the pressure ulcer field.

Specific aims of the focus meeting are to provide:

An overview of the state-of-the-art in skin health and microclimate as evidenced in research laboratories internationally

Opportunities for scientists and industrialists to translate their research into commercialization of inventions and technologies

Directions for R&D, such that they meet the needs of healthcare and medical specialists and bridge translational gaps

A convivial atmosphere and ambience with sufficient time for informal discussions, and encourage follow-up contacts between scientists, healthcare and medical personnel, and industrialists.

Topics to be covered:

Basic mechanisms associated with skin breakdown and repair

Devices and barrier products for moisture at the skin interface

Measurement of skin physiochemical & biomechanical properties

Modelling of skin and subcutaneous tissues

Support surfaces to control the microclimate

Early detection systems and biomarkers of skin integrity

Further details of the event are available here