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B. A Center Advances Research & Treatment for Burn Victims

Narrator: This is Science Today. The University of California at Irvine's Regional Burn Center is at the cutting edge of burn care and is making research and treatment advances that are providing burn victims a greater chance for recovery. Dr. Marianne Cinat, an associate professor of clinical medicine and the medical director of the center, helps advance treatments for people who suffer burns.

Cinat: I would say over the last 10 to 20 years, survival for many large or significant burn injuries has probably doubled. There's been improvements in critical care, ways that we can support the patient's lungs, should there be lung injury, the cardiovascular system. And because of the development of new biotechnology, we're able to allow larger burn patients to get through quicker with a better cosmetic and functional outcome.

Narrator: The UCI Regional Burn Center was one of the first burn care facilities in the nation and is among the most active, treating more than 200 inpatients and 300 outpatients each year. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.