The Firefighters’ Burn and Surgical Research Laboratory (FBSRL) is the first research laboratory in the Washington area to focus on burn injuries and is located at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, home of the only adult burn facility in the region. The Laboratory, dedicated on September 15, 2009, and the research program it houses came to fruition thanks in a large part to the physical and financial support from the DC Firefighters’ Burn Foundation and many local firefighters. This renovation project, with an estimated value of more than $130,000 in kind and in donation of money for purchase of lab furnishings and equipment, was constructed in the George Hyman Research Building (GHRB) as a statement of commitment to conduct cutting-edge research.
Though research has always been a priority for the physicians and staff at the Burn Center, this laboratory space allows for expansion of current projects, enhancement of data collection, independence in sample processing, and addition of new basic science research projects that relate to and support clinical research and practices, as well as improve the standard of care for patients.
Since it’s inception and construction in 2009, the FBSRL has received support from additional donors interested in supporting high quality research such as PEPCO, Intellidyne, and SteadMed Medical. Further, under the leadership of Dr. Jeffrey Shupp (PI), the lab has secured federal funding, industry-sponsored studies, and intramural support.
Over time, the projects, collaborations, and resources have evolved and developed, but the interest and dedication to basic, translational, and clinical research aimed at improving scientific knowledge and patient care are strong and steady.