Second degree burns are painful, debilitating and difficult to heal but a new technology from researchers at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine promises to change all that. It’s called the skin gun, developed by Joerg Gerlach, MD, PhD and Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh it uses the patient’s own stem cells to treat and heal damaged skin according to Gerlach; “What we’re doing is taking the cells, isolating them, and, in the same procedure on the same day, we’re putting the cells onto the wound,” Dr. Gerlach says. “The progenitor cells can act immediately. The most critical cells are present, and we are using those cells right away from the patient. We just need to take care that we are distributing the cells nicely over the wound.” (MIRM) The skin gun is part of a three phase skin burn therapy that has proven successful in early trials. Recovery time is generally about four days.