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RCS and Blond McIndoe Research Foundation announce new partnership

22 Dec 2016

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) and Blond McIndoe Research Foundation (BMRF) have today announced plans to form a new partnership to continue the ground-breaking work of the Foundation in wound healing, repair and regeneration.

The RCS has a long track record of extending the frontiers of surgery through clinical research and the development of new operative techniques. Alongside our renowned Research Fellowship programme, the RCS has a network of seven surgical trials centres which has in the past year doubled the number of patients involved in surgical research.

The BMRF announced earlier this year a decision to close down the organisation’s research laboratories at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead. The trustees of the Foundation have committed to keeping the work of the organisation going and have sought a partnership with the RCS to advance the science of healing. The partnership is also fitting as Sir Archibald McIndoe was President Elect of the RCS at the time of his death in 1960.

As part of the plans, both organisations, who have collaborated on research in the past, will work together over the coming months to take forward the 55-year history of the Foundation in advancing treatments for burns, wounds and traumatic injuries to its next stage of development.

Andrew Reed, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Surgeons, commented:

“As a leader in surgical research, the Royal College of Surgeons is proud to be partnering with the Blond McIndoe Research Foundation.  The Foundation has a long history of advancing treatments for burns, wounds and soft tissue trauma.  We look forward to exploring opportunities to take forward research in wound healing, repair and regeneration and ultimately improving outcomes for surgical patients.”

Gordon Bebb, Chair of Trustees of the BMRF, commented:

“The decision to close our research laboratories at the Queen Victoria Hospital was made in recognition that maintaining small independent research facilities is unsustainable given the much changed medical, economic and funding landscape.  The Foundation has a unique heritage and a long established network of supporters, donors and patrons.

“The Blond McIndoe Research Foundation is therefore proud to announce that in the future it will work in association with the RCS acting as the Charity’s corporate trustees.  We have no doubt that together with the RCS we can continue to contribute to advancing the science of healing by going forward as a grant-making foundation.”

Notes to editors

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is a professional membership organisation and registered charity, which exists to advance surgical standards and improve patient care.

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