UCT RESEARCH INNOVATION HIGHLIGHTS 2018-19 - Page 27



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First-of-its-kind wound
healing research unit
UCT Professor Nonhlanhla Khumalo, head of the
Division of Dermatology in the Department of
Medicine, will direct a new research unit dedicated to
understanding and managing skin scarring. Its focus
will be keloid scarring, a type of raised scarring that
can form when scar tissue grows excessively and
that is most common among Africans.
The UCT Wound and Keloid Scarring
Translational Research Unit, to be
known in short as the Wound Healing
Unit, aims to be a centre of excellence
in skin scarring education, research
and clinical management. As a
translational research unit, it will build
on basic scientific research to create
techniques and tools that meet critical
medical needs.
The research unit was awarded by
the South African Medical Research
Council, and it will be hosted at
the UCT Hair and Skin Research
Laboratory – the first dermatology
laboratory in the country and possibly
on the continent.
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