The research grant has been scooped by SA Dermatologist.
The Head of Dermatology in Stellenbosch University, Dr Willem Visser has been awarded the L’Oreal African Hair and Skin research grant, which was open to dermatologists and African Phd students with a specialisation in skin and hair. Centre of this research is acne keloidalis nuchae (AKN), which is a skin condition that "predominantly affects males with afro-textured hair and patients of African or mixed descent," according to the press release.
“L’Oreal’s Research & Innovation team is passionate about information sharing and ongoing research when it comes to hair and skin. Our recently inaugurated Research & Innovation Center in Johannesburg will collaborate with the African scientific ecosystem, universities, dermatologists, natural biodiversity centers as well as hairdressers,” explains Dr Michele Verschoore, Medical Director, L’Oreal Research & Innovation.
Through this research, dermatologists will be empowered with more knowledge in order to identify the disease early and clinical tools to further assess the disease as it will investigate early manifestations of its spread and “describe the dermatoscopic and histopathological features of sub-clinical or early acne keloidalis nuchae,” of this disease that affects the nape and beyond the neck.
One of the seven African jury members (a jury that includes two international experts), Professor Ncoza Dlova from University of KwaZulu Natal said the research is: “Relevant, practical, important and innovative.’’
This year-long research grant in Sub-Saharan Africa will promote clinical and basic research for ethnic skin and hair physiology by African scientist in Africa, with the winner receive 10 000 Euros.
Dr Visser added, “If this disease is diagnosed early on, treatment may be initiated sooner and the distress associated with this disorder may be significantly lessened.”
(Pictured above: Dr Willem Visser and Prof. Ncoza Dlova)