NABS NEWS (Fall 2018)

Upcoming NABS Conference Information
The deadline to submit your Scholarship Application has passed for the 2019 NABS Conference. In addition, the deadline for submitting an abstract and earning CME credits has also passed. HOWEVER, you may still submit an abstract. Your abstract may be eligible for presentation (pending space in the program), but will not count towards the total awarded CME credits for the NABS conference. It you are going to submit and abstract for the 2019 conference, we encourage you to do so at your earliest convenience. If you have any questions, please email us at

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 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. 

2018 NABS Annual Conference Another BIG Success!
The North American Burn Society’s 36th Annual Conference was held March 10-15, 2018 in Steamboat Springs, CO. Over 50 attendees and 11 vendors enjoyed a variety of highly informative burn-related presentations, along with spring skiing conditions that included some memorable runs! Non-skiing participants enjoyed other outings such as snowmobiling, hot springs, and fun wine tasting event at Avery’s Alpine Haus! Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 2019 conference in Park City, UT from January 19-24, 2019. We hope to see you there!

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