Who we are and our objectives
Saving Faces – The Facial Surgery Research Foundation is the brainchild of Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Professor Iain Hutchison, who launched Saving Faces in 2000. It is the only charity in the UK dedicated to education to reduce the incidence of facial injuries, disorders and diseases including oral cancer.
Despite our face’s importance to us, there is very little funding of research and we are one of the very few charities to research and treat facial disorders. We fund and lead research to improve the preventive strategies and treatment protocols for all diseases, disorders and disfigurement affecting the mouth and face. We do this by partnering with a number of national surgical organisations including the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS), in running and funding the world’s only National Facial and Oral Research Centre (NFORC). Through NFORC we carry out clinical trials to show which treatment is best for any disease or injury affecting the mouth or face.
What we do
There are now more than 200 facial surgeons throughout the United Kingdom collaborating with our talented team of Saving Faces researchers. Together they are carrying out ground-breaking work in areas such as the role of selective neck dissection in early oral cancer treatment, the psychological factors in head and neck cancer to inform better management, identifying genomic markers in oral cancer patients treated with chemo-radiotherapy and the management of chronic jaw-joint pain.
Saving Faces also manages three national audits. The biggest project to date is the National Head and Neck Cancer Audit (HANA) for England and Wales, the National Third Molar Audit (N3MA) and the National Orthognathic Audit (NOA).
This collaborative approach enables our researchers to answer vital questions more rapidly than even the most famous of single institutions. In addition to the surgeons who volunteer their services, Saving Faces is also fortunate to have patients who are willing to participate in clinical trials to give hope to others who will in future undergo treatment. Former patients are also providing support to newly-diagnosed patients and their families through our expert patient helpline. The emotional and psychological impact of surgery is often just as traumatic as the procedure itself.
The research we conduct is partly funded by institutional donors but relies heavily on the support of individuals who want to see progress in this much-neglected area of medical research. Many of these donors have themselves experienced the devastating effect of oral cancer or facial injury. With their help and the support of the public we will make a difference to the lives of thousands of people.
At Saving Faces we keep our administrative costs to a minimum so donors can feel secure in the knowledge that their money goes towards important medical research and the support of patients.