David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the University of Arizona’s Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) led a nationwide team of investigators who were awarded the top prize for clinical research to be held at the Fall meeting of the Symposium for Advanced Wound Care (SAWC). The first-ever study of its kind in wound healing compared two different types of so-called “negative pressure wound therapies”, which apply highly specialized vacuums to wounds to speed blood vessel growth and healing. “These types of comparative efficacy studies are increasingly critical to the health of our patients and to the viability of our healthcare system”, noted Dr. Armstrong. “They will help drive innovation and help identify where we can improve.” Wound healing constitutes a multi billion dollar industry worldwide and is seen as becoming more and more important with a rapidly aging population. The study, whose results will be presented at the SAWC in October in Las Vegas, was authored by Armstrong along with Drs. Robert Kirsner (University of Miami), Alex Reyzelman (Samuel Merritt University) and William Marston (University of North Carolina).