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Husam Bella

Husam Bella, PhD, MBBS, MRCS (Eng)

In 2007 Dr. Bella was awarded the first Aesthetic Surgery Research Fellowship by the Healing Foundation at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. This prestigious award facilitated the establishment of a successful international multicentre study of the genetics of keloid scarring. Dr. Bella formed a collaboration between the departments of Plastic & Reconstructive Research at the University of Manchester and the Centre for Integrated Genomic Medical Research (also at the University of Manchester) and the Faculty of Surgery at the University of Khartoum – Sudan. Dr. Bella recruited the largest reported cohort of familial keloid scarring, collected informative clinical and genetic material. This subsequently resulted in a comprehensive clinical characterization of the disease as well as genetic studies in which the genes responsible for the disease in this cohort were successfully identified. Dr. Bella was awarded a PhD based on the studies conducted. Findings from these studies have been published and further work is in print. Dr.Bella continues as an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Manchester where he is involved in research collaborations.?In the first year following the fellowship Dr. Bella returned to clinical Plastic Surgery at the Royal Free Hospital in London (University College London). In addition to clinical work Dr.Bella became involved in the research activities of the unit and supervised undergraduate and postgraduate students working on projects with Professor P. Butler. These projects included development and validation of an image bank for categorization of both subjective severity of disfigurement and the level of disgust evoked. Furthermore, Dr. Bella lead a project on the development of a comprehensive functional 3D video ACCESS database in assessing outcomes in facial aesthetics of patients with craniofacial deformities. The findings of these projects have been presented at international meetings and are in press. Dr. Bella is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Great Ormond Street Hospital where he is collaborating with Mr. Neil Bulstrode on clinical studies of juvenile keloid scarring.

Following his work in London Dr. Bella was appointed to the Plastic surgery programme in Birmingham. From the outset Dr. Bella became involved in research at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, particularly with the cleft and craniofacial units where he participated in the development of an aesthetic outcome assessment protocol that is currently being used. Furthermore, Dr. Bella proposed the formation of BIPPS and has been actively involved in the establishment of the Birmingham Institute of Paediatric Plastic Surgery (BIPPS) along with Mr. Bruce Richard and Dr. Hardwicke and the rest of the BIPPS team. Additionally, Dr. Bella has created strong links with his seniors and supervisors working in the private sector in aesthetic surgery nationally and internationally. Dr. Bella also maintains strong academic affiliations and collaborations nationally and internationally.

These initiatives will hopefully help propel my academic intentions and further my aspirations as an Academic Plastic Surgeon.

Publications

I have focused on producing publications of quality in the highest impact journals possible.

- Outcomes in facial aesthetics in cleft lip and palate surgery: a systematic review
VP Sharma, H. Bella*, MC Cadier, RW Pigott, T Goodacre, B Richard
J Plast Reconst Aesthet Surg. 2012 May 15

- A clinical characterization of familial keloid disease in African tribes reveals distinct keloid phenotypes*
H. Bella*, K. Yagi, G. Black, D.A. McGrouther, A. Bayat,
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Feb;127(2):689-702.

- The evidence for a genetic link in keloid scarring: The phenotype-genotype link*
H. Bella*, A. Bayat, K. Yagi, D.A. McGrouther, G. Black
The British Journal of Surgery, 98(6), E12-E    12. eScholarID: 126771

- The evidence for a genetic link in keloid scarring: A British-African collaboration*
H. Bella*, A. Bayat, K. Yagi, G. Black, D.A. McGrouther
The British Journal of Surgery, 98(6), E15-E    15. eScholarID: 126716

- The evidence for a genetic basis to keloid scarring: A review*
H. Bella*, J. Urquhart, A. Bayat, K. Yagi, D.A. McGrouther, G. Black
This article has been accepted by the Wound Repair and Regeneration Journal (WRR).

Presentations

- “The incorporation of a comprehensive functional 3D video AccessTM  database in assessing outcomes in facial aesthetics of patients with craniofacial deformities”
Presented at the BAAPS annual meeting in Birmingham in September 2011 and was awarded the Best Poster prize.

- “2D vs. 3D facial motion analysis in scleroderma: a comparative practical guide”
Presented at the BAPRAS annual student conference in Liverpool, April 2011

- “The evidence for a genetic link in keloid scarring: A British-African collaboration”
Presented at the European Association of Plastic Surgeons (EURAPS) annual conference in Manchester, May 2010

“The evidence for a genetic link in keloid scarring: The phenotype-genotype link”
Presented at the Society of Academic & Research Surgery (SARS) annual conference in London, January 2010

“Identification of susceptibility genes in Keloid scarring”
Presented at the 1st congress of the European Association of Societies of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (EASAPS) in Madrid, October 2008

“Clinical characterization of keloid scarring”
Presented at the Sudan Association of Surgeons (SAS) annual meeting April 2008, Khartoum-Sudan