SCRABEL has been feeling lonely this month as our wonderful PhD student Neha Shetty jetted off to India to visit the KS Hedge Medical Academy (KSHEMA) in Mangalore to learn and use techniques for the extraction and culturing of melanocytes and keratinocytes from human skin. This hugely complements Neha’s PhD studies into developing stem cell therapies for the treatment of vitiligo vulgaris. Vitiligo is a long-term skin condition in which pigment cells (melanocytes) lose their ability to create the skin pigment melanin, resulting in white patches of skin (particularly on the face, neck, hands, and in creases). Over the course of her PhD, Neha will be exploring whether the co-transplantation of different cell types can provide an effective and permanent treatment by replacing faulty melanocytes with healthy tissue. We’re all very excited to have her back and to see the techniques Neha has been developing during her 6 week placement in India.