A researcher at the University of Cincinnati is looking at ways to make products such as anti-aging and skin lightening creams, lotions and gels more effective.
“We are attacking problems that haven’t yet been solved in skin permeation,” says University of Cincinnati cosmetic scientist Gerald Kasting, the principal investigator on a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant that supports academic and industry partnerships.
Kasting, a professor in UC’s James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, and co-investigator Johannes Nitsche at the University at Buffalo have been awarded a three-year, $409,000, NSF GOALI grant, in partnership with the Cincinnati cosmetics giant Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), to determine what happens when certain chemical agents are deposited on the skin.
The funds, Kasting says, come from the government, but a GOALI grant (or Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry) is extra academic support for research that directly impacts industry. “This is to everyone’s advantage because it helps spur academic-industry partnerships.”