When Fiona Wood first saw the potential of applying tissue engineering to burns therapy she knew it could change her patients' lives. What she didn't know was how much it would change her own life as well.
Born in England, Fiona was an energetic young doctor when she migrated to Perth in 1987. After qualifying as West Australia's first female plastic surgeon she soon became the director of the Burns Service of Western Australia and set about transforming the institution into a world centre of burns treatment through a program of research, collaboration and medical practice.
By 2002 - Fiona's team was already well progressed in the development of ReCel (spray-on-skin) when victims of the Bali bombings were transferred to the Royal Perth Hospital for treatment. What followed was a whirlwind of publicity, attention and accolades for their work, culminating in Fiona being named Australian of the Year in 2005.
Now a distinguished professor at the University of Western Australia, Fiona is still at the forefront of burns research. Meanwhile - the company she founded with her collaborator and friend Marie Stoner is dual listed on the ASX and NASDAQ stock exchanges as the company works to make the ReCel technology available for burns victims all over the world.
Join us for a glimpse into the career of this inspiring surgeon, researcher, mother and inventor.