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BC Research Targets Wound Care at Cellular Level

May 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

Last Updated on 31 January 2013

Imagine a substance applied on wounds that would contain nanotechnology that could talk to existing cells, telling them to rebuild skin tissue. Such a product could be arriving at your clinic in the not-too-distant future, thanks to innovative BC-grown research.

On November 22, CL’cK hosted a Skin & Wound Care Community of Practice Teleconference, at which researcher Ryan Hartwell described work he has been involved with in BC. This research has successfully found an innovative way to promote skin wound healing. Instead of focusing on indirect ways of treating scars, such as silicone sheets or compression bandages, their research sought to target actual cells, in order to mimic cell development. Their research has proven successful, and they are now at the step of developing nanofibers that could be applied to wounds by frontline healthcare workers via a substance like a gel, to rebuild tissues using bioengineered grafts.

Ryan predicts that in five years or so, a trial product will be available for BC clinicians. It is truly exciting for BC to be at the forefront of such technology. Read Ryan’s research abstract in CL’cK’s Skin & Wound Care library. He is also happy to answer questions–contact us and we will forward them to Ryan.

Kudos to Ryan and his team, led by Dr. Aziz Ghahary, at the BCPFF Burn and Wound Healing Lab!