Messages for Civilian Trauma Practises, was delivered at Imperial College London by Professor Sir Keith Porter on the 26th September 2012
Professor Porter is professor of Clinical Traumatology at the University of Birmingham and was knighted for his services to the armed forces.
He also heads the National Centre for Research into the Treatment of Trauma
His lecture which revealed how the military cares for its injured soldiers really did give insight as to how civilian practises could be improved when patients had life threatening injuries.
Teaching soldiers to look after each other when injured in combat, combined with rapid and skilled transfer of the inured soldier to a hospital equipped to deal with serious injuries had made an enormous difference to the injured soldier’s survival.
These lessons could also be learnt in NHS with senior staff being involved early on in the management of the injured patient especially following trauma to the spine.
The lecture was received with enthusiasm by an audience which was a mixture of health care professionals and lay members of the who supported DISCS.
Prior to this outstanding lecture Dr Christine Le Maître senior lecturer in molecular biology at Sheffield Hallam University gave a fascinating over view of her research which had been funded by DISCS.
This work which studies degenerate discs as a cause of back pain examined the effects of different intracellular signalling pathways and how they are activated by both catabolic and anabolic factors in the degenerate intervertebral disc. By these studies it is possible not only to understand the process of disc degeneration but also to develop selected therapeutic approaches to help patients who suffer from back pain.