Dr. Kylie Sandy-Hodgetts, Senior Research Fellow/Senior Lecturer at the Burns Injury Research Unit, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Western Australia

Dr Sandy-Hodgetts is the Founder and inaugural President of the International Surgical Wound Complications Advisory Panel, a culmination of her research activity and doctoral work into early identification and prevention of surgical wound complications. Kylie is the Immediate Past Chair, Board of Wounds Australia, former European Wound Management Association Council Member and current member, International Committee, World Union of Wound Healing Societies Congress 2020, Abu Dhabi. Her primary research interests are in wound care; increasing the awareness and prevention of surgical wound dehiscence, translational comparative effectiveness research, prevention of surgical wound complications, skin integrity and health services outcomes. As a clinical trialist, her research expertise includes clinical trials design and implementation, ethics and governance, industry engagement, methodology, data management & analysis and dissemination of findings. She is currently co-chair of the EWMA consensus document; Preventing and managing birth related wound complications, due for launch in 2020.


Ojan Assadian, Faculty Member, Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention, School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield (UK)

Professor Assadian is President of the Austrian Society for Infection Control. He received a medical degree from the University of Vienna in 1997 and the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2000. Since December 2018, he has served as Medical Director of the Hospital Neunkirchen, Austria. Professor Assadian continues his clinical work as Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine and Consultant in Clinical Microbiology and Infection Control at the Medical University of Vienna and the Vienna General Hospital, a 2,200-bed university teaching hospital. His research interests focus on epidemiology of healthcare-associated infections, wound infection, prevention of surgical site infection, characteristics and clinical application of antiseptics, medical use of low-temperature plasma, and infection control aspects of hospital construction, as well as antimicrobial medical devices. He is a reviewer of international journals, editor and author of two reference textbooks in the field of infection control, and author of more than 220 published peer-reviewed articles in international medical journals.

Prof. Barbara R Conway, Co-Director, Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention, School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield (UK)

Barbara is a registered pharmacist and has received a PhD in pharmaceutical formulation from Aston University. She has a multidisciplinary research portfolio with expertise across formulation development, pharmaceutical analysis, mucosal and transdermal drug delivery strategies and translational into clinical practice. She is involved in current research programmes focus on strategies to improve skin antisepsis, using novel excipients and drug targeting to address the incidence of surgical-site infections.

Risal Djohan

Head, Breast Section, Regional Medical Practice Head, Microsurgery Fellowship Program Director, Department of Plastic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio (USA)

Prof. Kimberly LeBlanc, Chair, Wound Ostomy Continence Institute/Association of Nurses Specialized in Wound Ostomy Continence (Canada)

Kimberly is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Western Ontario Masters in Wound Care Program and an Affiliate Faculty at the McGill University School of Nursing. She is a founding member and the immediate past president of the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel, an international expert reviewer for the Joanna Briggs Institute in Australia and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Advances in Skin and Wound Care. Kimberly has lectured nationally and internationally and is considered an expert on ostomy, continence and wound related issues in the aging population.

Prof. Harikrishna KR Nair, Head and Consultant of Wound Care Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, Kuala Lumpur Hospital (Malaysia)

Harikrishna is President of the Malaysian Society of Wound Care Professionals MSWCP, Vice President of the Asian Wound Care Association AWCA and President Elect of the Asia Pacific Association of Diabetic Limb Problem APDLP. He is also Editor in Chief of the Wounds Asia Journal and the Journal of Wound Care Silk Road Supplement.


Marco Romanelli

Professor and Chairman, Department of Dermatology, University of Pisa, Italy

Corrine McIsaac, Associate Professor of Nursing, Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia Canada

Corrine is a successful health educator, researcher and innovator. She is recognized throughout Canada as an expert in wound outcome measurement and as an innovator in the development of effective e-health solutions for health organizations across the continuum of care. Corrine’s passion for improving the Canadian health system through outcome measurement is both inspired and informed by many years of experience as a nursing clinician, manager, consultant and educator. Corrine’s passion centres around data collection for both chronic wounds and surgical wound complications, she has created and houses one of the largest wound care datasets in Canada, and will be using this data set to help to drive best practice interventions for surgical wound complications.

Dr. Thomas E. Serena, Founder and Medical Director of The SerenaGroup®, a family of wound, hyperbaric and research companies

Thomas has opened and operates advanced wound care centres across the United Sates and globally. He founded the first wound healing cooperative research group conducting clinical trials world-wide. In 2011, he developed a diagnostic technique that now bears his name (The Serena Technique©). He is one of the world’s leading experts in infection diagnostics with a strong interest in surgical site infection and dehiscence. Thomas has done extensive medical relief work with Health Volunteers Overseas and served as chairman of the AAWC Global Volunteers/HVO Steering Committee until 2016.


Gulnaz Tariq, Unit Manager for Wound Care in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi.

Gulnaz Tariq is Unit Manager for Wound Care in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi. She trained as a nurse in the armed forces and graduated with First Position in Province, Post-graduate with honours. She has pursued further international wound care training by joining the International Inter-professional Wound Care Course (IIWCC) from University of Toronto in 2007. She completed her MSc in Skin Integrity from University of Hertfordshire (UK) in 2014. She is a local, regional and international wound care key opinion leader and speaker and is the founder (2015) and course director of the Ostomy Care and Management (OCM). She introduced a diabetic foot prevention program and pressure ulcer prevention program in SKMC and has organized the Abu Dhabi Wound Care Conference for the past 9 years. Gulnaz is Founder of International Inter-professional Wound Care Group, and was elected to be President. She has won the Bid for Abu Dhabi for 2020 to bring World Union Wound Healing Society Congress to the region and elected as President Elect of WUWHS.

Professor Charmaine Childs

Charmaine Childs is Professor of Clinical Science in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University. Charmaine leads the Clinical and Imaging Biomarkers of Health and Disease (CIBoHD) research programme.  Her strategic research objective is research translation in to practice via development of new ideas, approaches and initiatives particularly by advancing technology at the bedside.

Charmaine has held senior research and academic positions in the United Kingdom (Medical Research Council, UK from 1991-2000 and the School of Medicine University of Manchester, UK from 2000-2009) followed by work overseas at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (2009-2013). Her work with a diverse group of scientists, engineers and clinicians has contributed to a rich experience with international cross-disciplinary collaborations.  With over 120 peer reviewed publications and successful research track record in human paediatric burns and adult brain trauma (severe head injury) the focus of her work has been on the impact of altered thermoregulation and metabolism on survivor outcomes after trauma. By exploring new imaging approaches to brain temperature measurement in neurocritical care (using directly implanted brain sensors) as well as non-invasive imaging modalities (magnetic resonance spectroscopy, MRS) together with serum biomarkers, her work has led to new ways to understand the mechanisms and management of fever after severe systemic and brain trauma.

More recently, Charmaine’s work is focused on the impact of using non-invasive imaging biomarkers, particularly long wave infrared thermography (LWIRT) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) for early disease prognosis.  For example, Prof Childs and her team are exploring OCT as an early predictor of mild traumatic brain injury in contact sports (boxing). Such non-invasive imaging modalities, could in the future, help to monitor brain health in children and young people as they embark upon sports careers.

With recent grant funding from the Dunhill Medical Research Trust, Charmaine’s team have been exploring LWIR to identify vulnerable older adults living in residential care at risk of incipient chilling. Being able to ‘spot’ the vulnerable from amongst larger groups of old and frail older adults in thermal discomfort, with and without dementia, is the basis for personalised thermal care in the community.

Extending her research to areas of acute care, Charmaine’s current research project is on the use of LWIRT to help to predict which surgical wounds are at risk of infection. Funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) women giving birth by Caesarean section provide the ‘model’ for study of the acute surgi.  This work has achieved international recognition, winning four recent awards; for innovation in clinical research and technology innovation (2016) and in best clinical research  (2018) and also reached the shortlist of the Times Higher Education (THE) Research Project of the Year in STEM category (Nov 2018). In recognition of her research in technology innovation in disease prevention, Charmaine recently accepted an Academic Honorary Appointment with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Nursing and Midwifery, Public Health England and recently invited (Jan 2020) as panel member of the International Surgical Wound Complications Advisory Panel  (ISWCAP).

Paulo Jorge Pereira Alves

Paulo Jorge Pereira Alves completed PhD in Nursing from Universidade Católica Portuguesa in 2015.

He is an Assistant Professor at Universidade Católica Portuguesa and has published 35 articles in specialized magazines and 37 works in proceedings of events, has 10 book chapters and 5 published books. Supervised 6 PhD Dissertation’s and more than 15 master’s dissertations and co-supervised 11 in the Health Sciences area. Between 2007 and 2020 he participated in 5 research projects. Currently participates in 3 research projects, involving Wound Simulation/education, Epidemiology of Wounds and Prevention and treatment of wound Infection

Coordinator of the Wounds Research Lab, in his professional activities he interacted with 167 collaborators in co-authorship of scientific works, the most frequent terms in the context of scientific, technological and artistic-cultural production are: Nursing, Wound Care, Chronic Wounds, Surgical and Traumatic Wounds, Prevention, Teaching, Education, Health Care and Pressure Ulcers.

Has 1 registered product Patent and 182 other items of technical production.

President of the Portuguese Wound Management Association, Member of the Committee of the Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention, Member of the SILAHUE and Trustee of the Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.

Collaborates with EWMA in the Teach the Teachers Project and the UCM Model  (university COnference Model)

Dr Sushma Sagar MBBS, MS, FACS (Plastic & Reconstructive)

Department of Surgical Disciplines and Division of Trauma Surgery & Critical Care, JPN Apex Trauma Center AIIMS, New Delhi. Dr Sushma Sagar is a Trauma Surgeon currently working as an Additional Professor in Trauma Surgery at JPN Apex Trauma Center, AIIMS. She completed her graduation (MBBS) and post-graduation in General Surgery from King George’s Medical College, Lucknow and SN Medical College Agra respectively. Dr Sagar is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an active member of the American Association of Women Surgeons.  She is a trained burns and reconstructive surgeon with special interest in trauma reconstruction.

Dr Sagar is a course director and faculty for the Advanced Trauma Life Support course in India. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Wound Care and is recorded in the Limca book of records for surgery; a teaching faculty with National Institute of Disaster Management, India.

Dr Sagar is actively involved in the management of trauma patients at JPN Apex Trauma Centre, along with teaching and training of doctors and nurses at this centre. Dr Sagar has contributed to trauma reconstructive surgery and soft tissue management of complicated and chronic wounds. She started a dedicated Amputation clinic at JPN Apex Trauma Center in 2013 and is involved with rehabilitation of amputees and bed sore patients.