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All about BoNT/A

Being an active ingredient in Botox®, there are endless myths surrounding this toxin and most of them are untrue…

I am not going to waste your time disambiguating the acronym BoNT/A. It is the active ingredient of the popular Botox® injection that you and your friend wanted to take but never got the courage to do because it is a “toxin” that can have ‘nasty’ side effects and last but not the least, you are scared of needles, especially on your face. In the rest of the article, I will use the acronym BoNT/A instead of the popular brand names Botox® or Dysport®.

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As a Dermatologist and Informatician my research mainly involves application of bioinformatics techniques and tools in dermatological conditions. However my research interests are varied and I have publications in areas ranging from artificial intelligence, sequence analysis, systems biology, ontology development, microarray analysis, immunology, computational biology and clinical dermatology. I am also interested in eHealth, Health Informatics and Health Policy.


Bell Raj Eapen
Hamilton, ON