Zur aktuellen situation von wissenschaft und forschung der plastischen chirurgie in Deutschland

Translated title of the contribution: Science and research in academic plastic surgery in Germany

R. E. Giunta, H. G. MacHens

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Plastic surgery has passed through a very positive evolution in the last decades on the solid fundament of constantly developing academic plastic surgery. Aim of this paper is an objective evaluation of the current status of academic plastic surgery regarding research topics, currently available ressources and scientific outcome based on a questionnaire. The return rate of the questionnaire in academic departments was 92%. Main topics in research besides wound healing were topics from regenerative medicine such as tissue engineering, biomaterials, genetherapy and angiogenesis with the main focus on skin and fat tissues. In the past five years a total of 25 million Euros of third party research grants were raised. Research relied mainly on interdisciplinary research facilities. Regarding the scientific outcome more than 200 scientific papers were published in basic science research journals having an impactfactor higher than two. These results clearly demonstrate that plastic surgery is scientifically highly productive in academic surroundings where independent departments are established. Considering that independent units of plastic surgery exist in a relatively small number of all 36 university hospitals in germany, it has to be claimed for further independent departments so to provide adequate research facilities for further evolution of academic plastic surgery.

Translated title of the contributionScience and research in academic plastic surgery in Germany
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)359-363
Number of pages5
JournalHandchirurgie Mikrochirurgie Plastische Chirurgie
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


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