UV induced skin damage treatment
Australian propolis, in particular propolis from Kangaroo Island, contains novel chemical entities never before found in other propolis varieties. Researchers at the Faculty will continue to research the Kangaroo Island propolis to further investigate bioactive constituents and to discover new sources of propolis in Australia. By identifying the bioactive compounds the group can then evaluate their ability to rescue and protect cells from damage by UV radiation, making cancerous cells undergo programmed cell death while increasing the defensive mechanisms in normal cells.
Discovery of such medicinally beneficial compounds could lead to the development of new therapies to address the major concern of the prevalence of UV-induced skin cancers, particularly melanoma, that is on the rise in Australia.