WASHINGTON — Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX-15) announced that the National Science Foundation awarded $50,000 to the University of Texas-Pan American UTPA researchers to determine if one of their scientific discoveries can be used to help burn victims heal.
UTPA researchers and scientists have developed a hand-held device that produces non-woven nanofiber mats that were originally developed for wound dressings such as abrasions and lacerations as well as hemorrhage control. After more research the nanofiber mats were found to be very helpful in treating burns. The product is being described as "modernized gauze".
"It is just fascinating to know of all of the innovative discoveries and inventions that are being made by researchers at UTPA," said U.S. Rep. Hinojosa. "If this new product is found to be marketable it will be able to help many civilians and servicemen and women in the Armed Forces who are suffering from burns."
The grant funding is to be used within a six month period in which students will learn how to move their product out of the laboratory and into the market. So far, they have introduced their idea to Shriners Hospital and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio where burn victims are treated. While they are still working on a prototype Dr. Karen Lozano, who is the principal investigator says there is a lot of interest and therefore a lot of hope that the product will find success.