Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

The scientific advisory board will ensure a high standard of research and monitor the progress of the project by taking part in the annual General Assembly Meetings. Whenever appropriate, it will consult the consortium and make recommendations as to improve their performance.


Prof. Dr. Andrew Burd

Prof. Dr. Andrew Burd

Professor Andrew Burd graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1976.  He immediately went to Central America to undertake research into nutritional problems in the developing world before returning to the UK to commence his surgical career. After six years in general surgery during which time he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh he began his training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  He interrupted this to spend three years as a Research Fellow in Pathology at Harvard University looking at scarless wound healing for which he was awarded his MD. He returned to the UK to complete his Plastic Surgery training in Manchester.

His first Consultant Post in the UK was at Bristol where he became Director of the Burns Service.  After seven years he moved to Hong Kong to take up his present post as Professor and Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Chinese University. He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Surgeons and the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine.  He has traveled widely lecturing on Burns Reconstruction and has over 200 publications in the field of Burns and Wound Healing. His ongoing laboratory research is focused on the cellular mechanisms of repair and regeneration and the clinical modulation of burns and wounds with stem cell application.

Prof. Wim Dekkers

Prof. Wim Dekkers

Wim Dekkers (1948) studied medicine and philosophy at the University of Nijmegen. After graduating as a medical doctor in 1976 he worked in a psychiatric hospital during one year and as a locum in several general practices. He finished his study of philosophy by taking a master’s degree in 1979. From 1978 until 1991 he was a member of the Department of Philosophical Anthropology of the Catholic University of Nijmegen while he continued to work (part-time) as a general practitioner. In 1985 he took his doctoral degree in philosophy.

Since 1991 he has been working at the Department of Ethics, Philosophy and History of Medicine of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center. From 1993 till 2011 he has also been a senior researcher of the Center for Ethics of the Radboud University Nijmegen. He is one of the founders of the Dutch Society for Philosophy and Medicine . From 2004 - 2010 he was one of the editors-in-chief of Medicine Healthcare and Philosophy.

He is the Nijmegen coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Master of Bioethics program. At the moment he is associate professor Philosophy of Medicine and Principle Lecturer in the section of Ethics, Philosophy and History of Medicine of the Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare of Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre. His research concentrates on philosophical and ethical aspects of palliative care and emerging medical technologies.

Prof. Helmut Lochbühler

Prof. Helmut Lochbühler

Helmut Lochbühler received his training in General Surgery from 1975 – 1981 at the University Hospital at Mannheim followed by a two-year training in Paediatric Surgery. He worked from 1983 as a consultant at the Dept. of Paediatric Surgery and Paediatric Burn Centre at University Hospital at Mannheim. In 1986 he completed a postgraduate course in Neonatal Surgery at the Alder Hey Hospital at Liverpool. 1989 he became lecturer in Paediatric Surgery at the University of Heidelberg and 1992 at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich. His main scientific interests are Neonatal Surgery and Paediatric Burn Surgery. He ist one of the founders of the European Clubof Paediatric Burns.

From 1994 - 2008  he was head of the Dept. of Paediatric Surgery and Paediatric Burn Centre of the Olgahospital at Stuttgart. 2002 he was appointed to extraordinary Professor in Paediatric Surgery at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich. Since 2009 Helmut Lochbühler is emeritus Professor Ludwig Maximilians University Munich.

He is member of the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chirurgie (DGCH), the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kinderchirurgie” (DGKCH), the European Club of Pediatric Burns (ECPB) and honourable member of the South African Burn Society.

Prof. Heinz Rhode

Prof. Heinz Rode

Emeritus Professor of Paediatric Surgery, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital & University of Cape Town.

Prof. Rode qualified MBChB in 1966, as general surgeon in 1974 and as paediatric surgeon in 1979 and received the Douglas Medal as the most outstanding surgical candidate in 1975 from the Colleges of Medicine in South Africa.

Prof. Rode held the Charles F.M. Saint Chair in paediatric surgery at the University of Cape Town from 1997-2007. He has been very active in the fields of burns and thermal injury, trauma, oncology and neonatal surgery. Prof. Rode has published one book, written 256 articles and 49 chapters for international subject related text books. He served as Registrar to the College of Medicine for 9 years and was on the EXCO of the College of Surgeons. Prof. Rode received a Gold Medal from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa for outstanding service to the children of this country. He was the secretary of the Pan-African Paediatric Association and the European Club for Paediatric Burns. Prof. Rode established the Pan –African Paediatric Surgical Association, developed a Diploma in Surgery for the CMSA and a Fellowship in Paediatric Surgery. He is on the EXCO of the World Federation of Associations of Paediatric Surgeons, was the African representative of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons, has been visiting professor to various international universities, has given various national and international eponymous lectures, established the EMSB course in South Africa, is honoured by PAPSA with a named lecture and has received a number of international honorary recognitions.

Prof. Rode is on the board of the Organ Donor Foundation of South Africa and also on the editorial board of 3 leading paediatric surgical journals.  Prof. Rode is recognised as a leading burn surgeon in South Africa and is part of the rehabilitation committee for the International Society for Burn Injuries.  His hobbies consist of philately, painting and mountain walking.  He is married to a child psychiatrist and has two children.