Dr. Elena Garcia Promoted to Director of Research at RAFT

Dr. Elena Garcia Promoted to Director of Research at RAFT
13th October 2017 James Brooke

Dr. Elena Garcia Promoted to Director of Research at RAFT

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Award-winning medical research charity RAFT today announces it has promoted Dr Elena Garcia to Director of Research.

Dr Garcia will be responsible for developing, directing and implementing the organisation’s research strategy as well as managing and co-ordinating its portfolio of scientific programmes. This will include ensuring research work is integrated across the organisation and fully supported by fundraising and campaigning as well as devising and overseeing the charity’s publications strategy and managing grant proposals.

Dr Garcia first joined the charity in 2011 as a Post-Doctoral Research Scientists and has since held roles as a Scientific Consultant and Science Team Leader – Regenerative Biomaterials. Prior to joining RAFT, Dr. Garcia was a Research Assistant & Part Time PhD Student at University College London’s Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science and a Research Assistant (Research and Development Department) at BioProducts Laboratory. In 2014, she also spent a year as Visiting Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology’s Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation. She has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from University College London as well as a First Class BSc in Biochemistry and First class BSc, MSc in Analytical Chemistry from Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain.

RAFT CEO Leonor Stjepic said: “Dr Garcia has been an integral part of the team here at RAFT since she joined in 2011 and we’re delighted to announce her promotion to Director of Research. Congratulations, Elena!”

Dr Elena Garcia said: “I’m proud to be taking on this new role at RAFT, spearheading the charity’s important medical research. RAFT’s work has been changing the face of healthcare since it was founded nearly three decades ago and I’m excited to oversee other pioneering treatments that will be developed in the coming years.”


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About RAFT
Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust (RAFT) is an internationally recognized medical research charity working in the field of tissue and bone regeneration. The charity is a world-leader in creating pioneering new treatments for patients affected by wounds, burns, disease, or post-operative or birth abnormalities. RAFT’s vision is to bring forward the day when every patient who survives severe tissue trauma fully regains quality of life as well.

For nearly three decades RAFT has been undertaking ground-breaking medical research to help patients regain their health, independence and self-esteem as quickly as possible after a trauma. This research has changed the face of healthcare the world over. RAFT’s work has saved lives, improved treatments and recovery times, influenced healthcare policies globally, and changed laws. Today more than 100 of RAFT’s projects are in regular use in hospitals and clinics around the world.

RAFT receives no Government funding and relies on donations and grants from individuals, grant-making trusts and companies. The team is working to raise £5 million over the next two years to allow the organisation to reach even more patients, even more quickly, continuing to develop inter-disciplinary, pioneering new techniques and treatments. RAFT prides itself on being forward thinking not only in its scientific work but also in fostering impact investment.

For more information visit: https://raft.ac.uk/.