Impacting UK Plastic Surgery Research

RAFT hasn’t just helped patients but has helped to raise the standards of plastic and reconstructive surgery at a national and international level. Multi-disciplinary and translational research from the start; RAFT has always been ahead of its time. Talking to surgeons who have been through the RAFT process, several common themes emerge, which hint at […]

Impacting UK Plastic Surgery Research

DNA Sequencing in Cells Containing Pigment

Melanoma is aggressive cancer which usually starts in the skin. For several years RAFT conducted a successful research programme investigating potential new treatments for melanoma, which involved studying in detail the cellular and molecular characteristics of the disease. To delve further into the genetics of melanoma, cell biologists at RAFT needed to isolate and study […]

DNA Sequencing in Cells Containing Pigment

Making a Leech Latch On

Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, leech therapy is still a valuable tool in modern-day medicine. Throughout history, these small, worm-like creatures which normally reside in rivers and ponds have been used to treat many conditions, from blood clots to headaches. These days, medical leeches are invaluable to plastic-surgeons and are not just plucked from the nearest river […]

Making a Leech Latch On

Burns and Skin Grafts

Someone in the UK is accidentally burned or scalded every two minutes and at least 12 patients a day are admitted to hospital for several days as a result of a burn injury. Many of these patients will require skin grafting and plastic surgery following the injury. Skin grafting is the process where a layer […]

Burns and Skin Grafts

RAFT Runners

RAFT and the Virgin Money Marathon   The London Marathon is the largest annual fundraising event on the planet – runners have raised over £700 million for good causes since the race began in 1981. Participants have a chance to take part and run 42km through the streets of Central London together with thousands of […]

RAFT Runners

RAFT Clay Shoot 2016

The RAFT Clay Shoot has become something of a tradition as it enters its 17th year. Thanks to the continued support of companies and the amazing individuals like John Apthorp (former owner of Majestic Wines), the event plays a key role in raising money for our research. This year’s clay shoot is held on the 8th June […]

RAFT Clay Shoot 2016

Running for RAFT

In 2016 RAFT has teams and individuals in the London West Tough Mudder and Virgin Money London Marathon! This is nothing new as the medical research charity relies entirely on the generous donations of its supporters to continue its ground-breaking medical research. What is different in 2016? What is different in 2016? We’re not just […]

Running for RAFT

What Drives Vaibhav?

What drives Vaibhav? PhD student Vaibhav Sharma is one of our scientists. Like all the other surgical fellows, researchers, PhD and MSc students who went before him, he is linked to the beginning of RAFT with his same commitment, drive and passion that the founders had. For 26-year-old Vaibhav, this journey began in Dubai where […]

What Drives Vaibhav?

How RAFT’s research helps patients

‘I would not be here today..’ ‘In 1989 I was only two-years old when a visitor to our house left a box of matches lying around. I found then and somehow accidentally set fire to my dress. I don’t remember doing this, but I do remember the on-going surgeries I have had throughout the years’ […]

How RAFT's research helps patients