Shriners Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati wins two poster showings at the 2017 American Burn Association National Conference

(CINCINNATI; April 4, 2017) – Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati clinicians and researchers were honored to present posters and oral presentations on a wide range of topics related to pediatric burn care and recovery at the 49th annual American Burn Association (ABA) conference, held March 21–24 in Boston, Massachusetts.

More than 11 abstracts were presented by Cincinnati Shriners Hospital. Abstract topics ranged from infection prevention projects and translational wound research to quality improvement. Two significant blue ribbons were awarded:

  • George Babcock, B.S., M.S. Ph.D. won best in category “critical care – translational” for his poster presentation on Microvesicle change in cells after a burn as a predictor of infection.
  • Heather Powell, Ph.D. of The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center and Cincinnati Shriners Hospital won best in category “wounds-translational’ for the presentation study proving that early wound compression reduced scar contraction and had significantly less scar thickness.

The ABA is an organization comprised of health care professionals, therapists, researchers, social workers and firefighters all dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by burn injury. The annual ABA meeting provides attendees the unique opportunity to learn about new advances in burn care and research.

“We are very proud of our research and medical teams here in Cincinnati,” said John van Aalst, M.D., Director of Research, Cincinnati Shriners Hospital. “Our long history in the burn and reconstruction research has saved lives and continues to improve outcomes.”

Shriner’s Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati provides services for burns and pediatric plastic surgery, including cleft lip and palate, abnormal breast development in boys and girls, hemangioma, congenital hairy nevus, hand malformations, ear deformities, complex wound and skin disorders, and trauma and reconstructive conditions. Shriners Hospital for Children – Cincinnati is verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons and recognized as a Cleft Lip and Palate Team by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and Cleft Palate Foundation. The hospital has had Magnet™ designation since 2008 and is fully accredited by the Joint Commission. All services are provided regardless of a family’s ability to pay. For more information visit

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