FROM BOTOX® TO BIONIC LIMBS: First-of-its-Kind Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Event Announces Partnership with Leading Research Charity

London – 9 January 2013 – The Clinical Cosmetic & Reconstructive Expo (www.ccr-expo.com), a first-of-its-kind event taking place at London’s Olympia in October 2013, today announces a partnership with the Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust (www.raft.ac.uk), which has been selected as its official charity

RAFT is an independent registered charity carrying out pioneering and innovative research into practical and affordable ways to save and repair skin, including forward-thinking ways in which to transform the lives of those with deep tissue wounds or amputations. The collaboration is an ideal alliance for an event aimed at bringing together the fields of surgical and non-invasive aesthetics.

Peter Jones, Chief Executive Officer for CCR Expo, says:
“I'm delighted to announce RAFT as the official charity of the Clinical Cosmetic & Reconstructive Expo. The event is all about showcasing the very latest clinical innovations, and we feel this is a perfect partnership because RAFT is involved in such pioneering scientific research including a project to transform the healing process in those suffering with deep wounds or burns.”

The Clinical Cosmetic & Reconstructive (CCR) Expo is a groundbreaking business-to-business event that will bring the international surgical and non-surgical community together under one roof. This has never been done before.

The event is aimed at specialists from both the surgical and non-surgical fields, including both reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgeons, cosmetic doctors and nurses, dermatologists, skincare professionals, researchers, healthcare managers and representatives of hospitals and clinics.

It’s the first time that experts from both the surgical and non-surgical fields will have the opportunity to come together to debate and share best practice, and help define the future of aesthetics. The event includes an extensive programme, which packs 14 days’ worth of workshops, conferences and live demonstration theatres into just two days.

As a charity, RAFT relies on the increased awareness, donations and fundraising, which events such as this bring them. Leonor Stjepic, CEO of RAFT explains:

“We are delighted to be the chosen charity at this innovative and groundbreaking show. The Clinical Cosmetic & Reconstructive Expo is an ideal platform to exhibit the pioneering research undertaken at RAFT to the professionals - many of whom did their Fellowships at RAFT - who can implement it and really make a different to patients’ lives”.

As the official charity of the event, representatives from RAFT will present their pioneering research into Wound Healing. It plans to showcase its Smart Matrix™ - an artificial, absorbable, skin scaffold designed to  encourage the re-growth of skin faster than ever before. Smart Matrix™ attracts cells and promotes growth of blood capillaries, which is critical for the wound healing process. All tests so far have been extremely encouraging and clinical trials should take place early next year.

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About Clinical Cosmetic & Reconstructive (CCR) Expo

Clinical Cosmetic & Reconstructive (CCR) Expo is a groundbreaking business-to-business event that will bring the international surgical and non-surgical community together under one roof. The expo runs from 11-12 October 2013 at London Olympia and will showcase over 120 international exhibitors: from cutting edge surgical equipment and supplies through to non-invasive products, business services, training and consultancy. There will be 14 days of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) content, including workshops, conferences and live demonstration theatres, packed into an exciting two-day event. Clinical Cosmetic & Reconstructive Expo is organised by NINETEEN EVENTS, whose management team has a solid track record of organising large-scale international award winning shows.

To visit the CCR expo website please go to www.ccr-expo.com
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About RAFT

Around the world, the lives of hundreds of thousands of people are affected by skin disfiguring illnesses and damage such as burns, wounds and limb amputations. RAFT is here to help them. RAFT stands for the Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust. RAFT is an independent registered charity carrying out pioneering research into practical and affordable ways to save and repair skin. RAFT is mainly funded by charitable donations. In order to continue their vital work, they rely on support and help from people like you.

To visit the RAFT website please go to www.raft.ac.uk
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