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Research project: The effect of honey on parameters of wound healings: In vitro angiogenesis assays

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Angiogenesis is the growth of new blood vessels. It is an important natural process occurring in the body, both in health and in disease. Angiogenesis occurs in the healthy body for restoring blood flow to tissues after injury or insult. It is controlled through a series of "on" and "off" switches.

In essence angiogenesis is "turned off" by the production of more inhibitors than stimulators. Honey is believed to promote the rate of wound healing through the stimulation of angiogenesis. Although there is some evidence for the angiogenic effects of honey there are limited objective, quantitative and mechanistic studies. This project will be undertaken to investigate the effect of different honey preparations on established in vitro angiogenesis assays.

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