Ajay L Mahajan, Director, PBSRU, University of Bradford

The Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit (PSBRU) was founded by Prof. David Sharpe following the fire disaster at the Bradford City football club. We can never forget the 56 people we lost on the day and 258 others who were injured. But the least we can do is to continue our efforts towards improving the delivery of healthcare to any patient with similar or related injuries.

Today, the PSBRU is led by Mr Ajay L Mahajan, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, who along with his collaborators and research fellows carry out research activities at the University of Bradford. Burn injuries and accidents result in patients being literally scarred for life. Research activities at the PSBRU helps looks at various ways in which wound healing and scarring following wound healing can be improved to deliver the best possible outcome for our patients. It is this research that provides the evidence for practising evidence-based medicine. Research lays down a strong foundation for our young doctors who set out to pursue a career in Plastic Surgery and encourages them to embark on innovative projects. The PSBRU has had 26 research fellows over the years most of whom are established Consultants in the various parts of the UK. The plastic surgery trainees have studied for a higher research degree via 2-year placements in the PSBRU. MD/MPhils degrees were awarded to sixteen fellows; while four were awarded a PhD, a notable achievement within the short time period.

The University of Bradford generously supports these students by waiving their tution fees. The unit currently has two research fellows,  “The Bradford City FC Supporter’s Fellow” and the “The David Sharpe Fellow”. These fellowships have been named after the people who have been affected by the Bradford fire and after the person who helped treat the victims of the Bradford fire. The activities in the University of Bradford and the research fellows are supported by generous donations made by the public. The PSBRU is extremely grateful for this, as it is a unit that the public have helped establish and without their support, it would not exist!