Honour for pioneering sugar researcher

A pioneering University of Wolverhampton researcher who is investigating the use of sugar in wound treatment has been honoured by the African college where his career began.

Dr Moses Murandu received an honorary award from the Maluti Adventist College Mapoteng in Lesotho in recognition of his achievements in sugar research.

Now working as part of the team in the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, Moses has been carrying out research into the healing power of sugar on patients for over five years. In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious Fondation Le Lous Scientific Research Innovation Award and £25,000 to continue his pioneering work.

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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.

The Senior Lecturer’s research looks into the effectiveness of sugar when used on hospital patients with wounds such as bed sores, leg ulcers and even amputations. He was recently honoured at the Maluti Adventist College Mapoteng where he trained as a registered general nurse from 1988-1991.

Dr Murandu said:  “I feel very emotional and humbled to be recognised far away from home in Lesotho. To see that the world is supporting my work makes me feel good and satisfied. I am also grateful to my workplace, the University of Wolverhampton, for their continued support in this work. Hopefully soon I will be able to develop wound care products from sugar that can be distributed worldwide.

“The Maluti Adventist College Mapoteng in Lesotho felt the outcome of the research has the potential to help many people globally. The Dean, Dr Amelia Ranotsi, and faculty members felt proud to be associated with my work indirectly and were proud that I am working at a prestigious institution in the UK. The honour was to acknowledge my scholarly achievements as well the impact of this scholarly activity to the wider world.”

The award was presented to Moses by Professor D Spencer, The College Chancellor.

This is the latest accolade for Dr Murandu, who previously won third prize in the Best Research from a Developing Country Award category at the Journal of Wound Care Awards 2015, and was honoured by the Zimbabwe Medical School in December 2015 after presenting a paper there.

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