NABS NEWS (Winter 2019)

2019 NABS Annual Conference Another BIG Success!
The North American Burn Society’s 37th Annual Conference was held January 19-24 in Park City, UT. Over 65 attendees and 15 vendors enjoyed a variety of highly informative burn-related presentations, along with fantastic skiing conditions that included many memorable runs. Non-skiing participants enjoyed other outings such as bobsledding, snowmobiling, and even an old-fashioned Toga party! Check out the Photos page to see all the fun! Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 2020 NABS Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. It will be held February 15-20. We hope to see you there!

Watch the 2019 NABS Keynote Address
Burn Survivor John O’Leary delivered the Keynote address for the 2019 NABS Conference. Mixing humor, positive energy, and plenty of inspiration, John gives you a new appreciation on life and challenges you to ask yourself, “What more can I do?”

Click here to watch this very inspiring video

NABS Sadly Loses One It’s Charter Members 


Barbara K. Klein, 60, of St. Paul, MN, passed away on June 19th. Besides being a charter member of NABS, Barbara was also the first non-physician to become president of the organization in 1998. Entering into the burn industry as a fresh-faced youngster in the early 1980’s, “Barb” started out as a Sales Representative with the former Bioplasty company. In 1992, she became part-owner and president of Brennen Medical, the leading company for porcine xenograft tissue and manufacturers of the Brennen Mesher. However it was her interest in Beta-glucan that led to the creation of a new type of product aimed at faster healing and less pain in partial-thickness burns and donor sites. Upon which, she successfully launched a line of products that are still used today. In 2012, Brennen was sold to Mölnlyke Healthcare – giving Barb an opportunity to take a breather. After a few years of “enjoying life,” she went back into the corporate sector and formed Brevena Laboratories in 2014. By the next year, she launched a line of luxury skincare products that utilized her three decades of experience in the management of burns and wounds. She served as the company CEO until her untimely passing. Barbara’s real passion was her family. Endless trips together, time at the lake in the summer and on the ski slopes in the winter, she wanted the family to experience life. She is survived by her loving husband of 28 years, Dean Klein; her two sons, Derek (24) and Jared (20). Barbara will be dearly missed for her ever-present selflessness, generosity, optimism and for her contagious smile. 

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