1647 HUMAN SKIN: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
Associate Professor Lester Davids, molecular cell biologist, Department of Human Biology, University of Cape Town
With melanoma statistics rising among younger and middle-aged individuals, and scientists and researchers across the world racing against time to find drugs and vaccines for this common cancer, it makes sense to go back to the basics of skin physiology and study the largest organ in the body.
This five-lecture course will explain the anatomy and physiology of the skin and consider the importance of pigmentation and of skin care. An important focus will be the dangers people subject their skin to, including skin lightening and tanning. The course will examine what happens when things go wrong and how skin cancers (melanomas and non-melanomas) develop. It will end with a consideration of the current treatment options and the innovative directions in research in an attempt to find a cure.
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