A nanogel developed at IBN may be commercialized as a membrane patch for faster healing of burn wounds (Photo:Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology)
IBN researchers, Dr Charlotte Hauser (left) and Dr Yihua Eva Loo, examining the peptide hydrogel they have produced in the lab (Photo:Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology)
Because second- and third-degree burns damage underlying layers of skin, they can take a long time to heal. Such extended healing periods are not only painful to the patient, but increase the risk of infection and scarring. While various medications are available to deal with pain and infection, there is currently no commercial treatment to speed up the rate of healing of burn wounds. Now researchers have developed a nanogel that could fill this hole.
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