A pioneering University of Wolverhampton lecturer who is researching the healing effect of sugar on wounds has received a prestigious international accolade.
Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing, Dr Moses Murandu, clinched third prize in the Best Research from a Developing Country Award category at the Journal of Wound Care Awards 2015.
Moses grew up in Zimbabwe and his father used granulated sugar to heal wounds and reduce pain when he was a child. But when he moved to the UK, he realised that sugar was not used for this purpose here.
Moses has been carrying out research into the healing power of sugar on patients for the last five years, initially funding the research himself. In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious Fondation Le Lous Scientific Research Innovation Award and £25,000 to continue his pioneering work.
He has just completed a clinical trial into the effectiveness of sugar when used on hospital patients with wounds such as bed sores, leg ulcers and even amputations.
As word about the revolutionary treatment has spread, Moses has been inundated with requests for help and has travelled across the country to help patients with wounds that have failed to heal via other means.
Dr Murandu said: “I am delighted to have received this international recognition for my research. I believe passionately in the healing power of sugar, having seen both the physical and emotional impact it can have on patients who are suffering. As well as being effective, sugar is also cheap so I hope to see it used more widely, both here and abroad.
“I am grateful to the University for the support I have received while I have been completing the clinical trial.”
Professor Linda Lang, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, said: “Moses is truly inspirational and we are extremely proud of his achievements. His research is making a significant impact and a very real difference to patients’ health and wellbeing. His work is also transforming the way we think about healing wounds, and his ground-breaking work could one day become an everyday part of healthcare services.”
Moses has completed his research, and hopes to publish his findings in a research paper in the next few months. As well as travelling to places such as London, Oxford, Middlesbrough, Devon and Derbyshire to administer the treatment, Moses has provided advice to patients in India, Australia, Canada and Finland who have written to or emailed him. –wlv.ac.uk