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UJ Student presents on Light Therapy Treatment at global cosmetic conference

A UJ Masters student in the Department of Somatology was invited to present at the 8th annual Cosmetic Medicine Congress of South Africa (Cosmedica) summit in Johannesburg. The event focused on the needs of doctors in the aesthetic medical industry to enhance their practical skills.

Postgraduate student Ms Nomakhosi Mpofana was nominated to attend the 8th annual Cosmedica summit held at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, from 8 March 2017 until 12 March 2017.

Designed for medical specialists, this year’s conference focused on the cutting edge of all medical aesthetic advancements to ensure patients benefit from longer lasting, more accurate and safer procedures.

Ms Mpofana recently submitted her Masters dissertation for examination in the Department, which resides within the Faculty of Health Science.

The conference was open to all medical practitioners: general practitioners, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists and dentists as well as laser therapists, somatologists and nurses.

“My participation during the Cosmedica summit was certainly rewarding as I shared and debated ideas with colleagues”, said Ms Mpofana.

The summit takes into account the demand of the public for SAFE therapies to look and feel younger. Cosmedica 2017 prepared an important program of educational sessions which translated new unbiased scientific knowledge into meaningful advances in patient care.

“I am excited to have been nominated to represent UJ, as I was able to demonstrate expertise aligned to my field of study and link it to the current medical aesthetics issues in South Africa,” said Ms Mpofana. “The audience could not believe that a Somatologist could pitch at this level, backed with scientific findings”.

“This was an opportunity for a Masters student to showcase her study findings to an international audience made up of various medical professions and professionals. Khosi has also previously presented on her study in Greece in 2015”, highlighted Ms Debra Campbell, Head of the Department of Somatology.

“I am pleased to say her presentation was excellent and the results of her study in light therapy treatment of melasma in darker skins was exceptional”, concluded Ms Campbell.

Cosmedica is an annual international conference that is hosted in South Africa. It is the Cosmetic Medicine Congress of South Africa. Cosmetic surgeons, medical aesthetic practitioners and Somatologists attend and the panel of speakers is made up of international and local speakers.

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