Assoc Prof Leila Cuttle

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Improving childhood health outcomes

Thanks to the generosity of donors, Associate Professor Leila Cuttle and her team at the Centre for Children’s Health Research have been making exciting steps forward in burn care and prevention. 

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Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences

PhD (University of Queensland), Bachelor of Science with Honours (University of Queensland)

I'm a Principal Research Fellow working on paediatric burns and trauma research. I work for the School of Biomedical Sciences at the Centre for Children's Health Research, based at the Queensland Children's Hospital in South Brisbane. My research strives to improve outcomes for children with burn injuries and trauma and my work is focused in several different areas:

  1. PROMOTE - burn prevention and first aid education messages nationally and internationally
  2. IDENTIFY - potential therapies to stop or reverse burn wound pathology and tissue destruction
  3. DEVELOP - new diagnostics and wound therapies for burn patients
  4. ESTABLISH - national and clinical collaborations and tissue bio banking across Australia and New Zealand, for future burn research and clinical studies or trials

I am a previous NHMRC Career Development Fellow, NHMRC Early Career Fellow, and recipient of an NHMRC Post-doctoral Fellowship. I am currently leading (CIA) an NHMRC Project Grant investigating biomarkers to optimise burn wound care, which is recruiting patients from the three largest paediatric burn centres in Australia. My research has determined the optimal first aid treatment for burn injuries. This published work was used to develop guidelines for the treatment of burns internationally and for a “Cool Burns for 20 minutes” first aid public education campaign. This treatment has been shown to lead to decreased requirement for skin grafting operations, decreased admission to intensive care and shorter hospital length of stay for burn patients. It is really satisfying to know that research I have conducted has lead to improvement in the lives of people who have suffered from a burn injury.

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Links and photos of my lab and research

  • If you want to see some more information on children's burns and trauma, our Centre for Children's Burns and Trauma Research website is here: http://www.ccbtr.com.au/
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2021
Details
Invited Keynote Presentation "Evidence emerging from the bench". In: Wounds 2020 Conference, Brisbane 4-6 May 2021 ¿ Plenary 1 Emerging Evidence & Innovation on 4th May
Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2020
Details
Invited to be on the editorial board of Wound Repair and Regeneration (50 board members internationally) Q1 Surgery 74/451 & Q1 Dermatology 23/146, SJR 0.97,IF 2.471
Type
Membership of Review Panels on Prestigious Grant Applications
Reference year
2020
Details
Grant review for NHMRC Ideas Grants in 2020 and 2019
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2019
Details
Appointed as the inaugural Chair of the ANZBA Research Committee and Board Director on the ANZBA Board
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2019
Details
Invited International Talk: Biomarkers for paediatric burn wound healing. In: 12th Asia-Pacific Burn Congress 17th August 2019
Type
Recipient of a Nationally Competitive Research Fellowship
Reference year
2017
Details
NHMRC Career Development Fellowship 1; APP#1130862 Better healing for children's burn injuries; 2017-2020; $425,048
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2014
Details
Awarded a medal by the Stuart Pegg Paediatric Burns Centre, Royal Children's Hospital and Health Services District, for services to children¿s burns
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Community
Reference year
2012
Details
Asked to advise on policy regarding burn first aid treatment and hydrogel dressings by burn care advisors in London, following my presentation at the International Society of Burn Injuries conference in Scotland, September 2012.
Type
Recipient of a Nationally Competitive Research Fellowship
Reference year
2012
Details
Fellowship Type: NHMRC Principal Research FellowshipProject Title: Improving the pre-hospital treatment and acute management of burned childrenExternal Reference :1035907Years Awarded: 2012-2015Total Funding Awarded: $355,276
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
2011
Details
The Clinical Practice Guidelines of Queensland Ambulance Service were updated in April 2011, to change the treatment irrigation time of burn wounds from 10 to 20 minutes and to revise the recommendations regarding the use of hydrogel dressings on burn wounds, on the basis of my research.
Title
Implementation of Negative Pressure for Acute Paediatric Burns
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
2006970
Start year
2021
Keywords
burn injury; implementation; traumatic injury; child; multicentre
Title
The use of Biomarkers in Children to Predict Healing Potential and Optimise Burn Wound Care
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
1160492
Start year
2019
Keywords
Burn Injury; Pathology; Wound Healing; Diagnostic Applications; Child Health
Title
Better healing for children's burn injuries
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
1130862
Start year
2017
Keywords
Burn Injury; Pathology; Injury Prevention; Wound Healing; Wound Re-epithelialisation
Title
Improving the pre-hospital treatment and acute management of burned children
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
1035907
Start year
2012
Keywords
burns; burn injury; wound healing; wound repair; pathology