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Combating cancer, injury and disfigurement in the most socially important part of our bodies – the face and mouth
The face is the only part of our body we cannot hide. It conveys our emotions and innermost feelings. We often judge each other on the basis of facial appearance, making assumptions on a whole range of issues.
People suffer the consequences of facial diseases, injuries and disfigurement every day. In the United Kingdom 6,500 people develop oral cancer every year. Around 125,000 young people sustain serious facial injuries and 15,000 people receive treatment for facial disfigurement.
Despite the severity of these issues, this remains a much neglected research area leaving thousands of those unfortunate enough to be affected with little hope for the future. Not enough is known about facial disease, injury and deformity, their psychological and emotional impact and, critically, which treatments are most effective. Saving Faces - The Facial Surgery Research Foundation is the only charity in the UK solely dedicated to the worldwide reduction of facial injuries and diseases. We are taking the lead in education and research to improve the physical and psychological treatment of all victims of oral cancer and other facial diseases.
Congratulations to Dr Emmylou Rahtz for her second publication this year in The Conversation. Dr Rahtz completed her PhD in May 2015, funded by Saving Faces.
Saving Faces researchers are working on a Cancer Research UK funded study which is the first large scale surgical clinical trial in the United Kingdom for patients with oral cancer.
Saving Faces and BAOMS launch the world's first national study centre to further research into facial and oral disorders.
GRANTS & FUNDING
Saving Faces funds PhD studentships and clinical fellowships.
This section details all policies and strategies of Saving Faces - The Facial Surgery Research Foundation and its subsidary, The National Facial and Oral Research Centre (NFORC). These policies have been agreed by the Board of Trustees and will be reviewed regularly.
Saving Faces is funding three PhD studentships. They will be carrying out innovative projects in collaboration with Professor Ian Mackenzie, Professor of Stem Cell Science, Professor Ania Korszun, Professor of Psychiatry and Education and Dr Ahmad Waseem, Reader in Oral Biology.