Dr Lisa Macintyre (PhD, BSc, FHEA)
Lisa is an academic at the School of Textiles and Design, Heriot-Watt University. She has been lecturing in textile technology and researching medical compression garments for more than 20 years. She was awarded her PhD in Pressure garments for hypertrophic scar treatment in 2004 and won best paper at the BBA conference in 2004 for this work. Although most of her pressure garment research has been directed to burn scars, she has also applied her understanding and research methods to other conditions for which compression is useful (including DVT prevention, scoliosis and currently lipoedema). She is a member of the UK Pressure Garment Interest Group (therapists making pressure garments in NHS hospitals), has published several papers on pressure garments in Burns and the Journal of Burn Care Research, designed the Pressure Garment Design tool (to optimise pressure garment construction methods and enable evidence gathering for most effective pressures) and regularly undertakes consultancy on pressure garment testing and fabric sourcing for a number of UK and international pressure garment companies.
Lisa has undertaken research projects funded by the MRC CiC, Textile Future Forum, Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters, Innovate UK, AHRC and Industry. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on textiles, product specification/testing and research methods and supervises student research projects at all academic levels. She has been the Director of Research, a programme director and is currently the School Director of Postgraduate Research Study.
Paul van Zuijlen
Paul van Zuijlen is medical director of the Burn Center of the Red Cross Hospital, Beverwijk, The Netherlands. He is Endowed Professor for Burn Injury Management at the Amsterdam UMC, The Netherlands. He studied medicine at the University of Amsterdam and graduated in 1995. He earned his PhD in 2002 on tissue engineered skin and scar assessment tools. Meanwhile he was trained as a Plastic Surgeon at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam and the Red Cross Hospital in Beverwijk. He visited many leading burn centers around the world during a fellowship on burn treatment and reconstructive surgery.
His research interests are in tissue engineering, complexity sciences and innovations in reconstructive burn surgery. He supervises projects on translational system biology and tissue engineering for reconstructive surgery of the human skin and facial cartilage. He has a keen interest in exploring the collagen architecture and vascularisation of human skin and scar tissue by novel techniques and supervises clinical studies on techniques to improve the outcome of reconstructive surgery such as the use of perforator-based flaps, skin stretching and fat grafting. He is developer of a tool that is nowadays used worldwide to measure the quality of scar tissue (the POSAS, the Patient and Observer Scar Assessment Scale).
He has been member of the board of the International Society for Burn Injuries (2012-2016) and is member of the guideline committee.