Wound Healing 2016 run by Euroscicon Ltd. was an open forum event that tackled the processes that are involved in wound healing. The event also discussed the related therapies to wound infection and healing. In addition to this, Wound Healing 2016 used an international setting, inter-specialty and multi-professional approach that offers huge numbers of opportunities for debate and discussion that is set in an informal atmosphere.

According to researchers at the event, 40 million cases of non-healing chronic wounds are evident globally with 10 million reported in Europe. In Europe, wound management accounts for 2-4 percent of the health care budgets. Aside from this, the problematic biofilms in chronic wounds have been demonstrated to have a role to play in delaying wound healing and were also considered to increase the risk of a wound developing an infection.

Dr. Narendra Kumar, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, at the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, proposed to develop new ways to completely protect and secure the gut lining from wounds.

But, available options for the treatment of non-healing chronic wounds are limited when biofilms are evident, as biofilms are inherently recalcitrance to presently available antimicrobial interventions. Biofilms that are present in chronic wounds represent a serious clinical issue for the patient and a significant financial burden to health services worldwide. In conjunction with the need for new antibiotics, as highlighted by the chief medical officer of Cupron Inc. Professor Sally Davies, the development of innovative anti-biofilm agents is also urgently required.

“New research findings were shared at Wound Healing 2016, which will further advance our fundamental understanding of this complicated and dynamic process,” according to professor Steven Percival from the University of Liverpool.

The event also tackled that adding microscopic copper oxide particles in wound dressings enhances wound healing especially in hard to heal chronic wounds. The molecular mechanisms of the enhanced wound healing were also discussed.