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Research in burn care for the calendar year 2009 was robust and diverse with >1400 research articles published on a wide range of topics. In this review, the authors highlight some innovative and potentially impactful research related to the overall care of burn- injured patients. The authors grouped articles according to the following categories: critical care, infection, inhalation injury, epidemiology, psychology, wound characterization and treatment, nutrition and metabolism, pain and itch management, burn reconstruction, and rehabilitation. They found that the holistic nature of burn care is reflected in the diverse research performed in 2009 throughout the world and that this research has provided important evidence that has improved or will improve burn care overall.