Before burns get better, they can get much worse. Over a period of a few days, what is known as a “partial thickness burn” can become a “full thickness burn.” Once a burn has reached this stage, it risks infection—and potentially killing the burn victim. 

This is known as “conversion.” It’s a tough thing to treat. This is something that’s been under the research microscope of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) School of Engineering. Putting together a team of researchers from different institutions (with different academic backgrounds), the VUMC has examined treating burns with a prescription drug used for autoimmune inflation.