Cardiovascular disease researchers developing anti-aging skin treatment (St. Paul's Hospital)

UBC Pathology and Laboratory Medicine professor David Granville made a chance discovery that may lead to the creation of a drug to defy skin aging.

Granville researched the effects of Granzyme-B (GzmB) on atherosclerosis, an artery disease, and heart attacks. His research coincidentally found resistance to skin aging.

“With respect to people in long-term care facilities, I’ve been working with the wound-healing clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital,” Granville said. “We’re hoping that by inhibiting this, and allowing, we might be able to increase the tensile strength of skin and prevent this skin tearing that occurs, plagues these patients in long-term care facilities.”

Scott Jacobsen reports

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