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Prof Keith Harding

Medical Director,
Welsh Wound Innovation Centre, United Kingdom


With a longstanding interest in wound healing, Prof Harding was appointed as the first Director of the Wound Healing Research Unit in 1991. From September 2013 to December 2018 he was Dean of Clinical Innovation at Cardiff University. In 2014, he was appointed as Medical Director of the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre and in January 2021 was appointed as Senior Advisor for Clinical Innovation for Cardiff & Vale University Health Board.

Prof Harding's clinical practice is exclusively focused on treating patients with wound healing problems with a wide range of aetiologies. He has held external professorial appointments at universities in the UK, Australia and Singapore.

He has authored over 400 publications in the field of wound healing and has written a number of chapters and books in this area. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Wound Journal. He was awarded the CBE in the New Year Honours list in January 2013 for Services to Medicine and Health Care.

In 2013, Prof Harding was awarded £4.2 million to set up the Welsh Wound Innovation Initiative part of which has enabled the setting up of the first clinically focused Wound Healing Centre in the World. In 2014, he was awarded The Learned Society of Wales Fellowship. In 2018, he, with others, was awarded a £24 million European grant to establish a Clinical Innovation ecosystem across South Wales. In 2018, he was appointed as a Senior Clinical Research Director at the A*Star Institute in Singapore and is part of a SG$28 million wound programme grant. In total he has been awarded around £200M of funding for work in wound healing and clinical innovation.

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