We are changing the negative perceptions of maggots

Maggots in front of a child's face

How maggots could soon be loved in hospitals

The Challenge
Most people recoil at the thought of maggot therapy and stigma surrounding them is preventing people benefiting from their therapeutic use. However, clinical grade maggots can turn a stagnant ulcer into a clean and healthy healing wound within a matter of days. 

The Method
Professor Yamni Nigam has dedicated years of research into medicinal maggots, embracing opportunities to breakdown the stigma by engaging with communities and organisations to "Love a Maggot"

The Impact

  • Research undertaken at Swansea University has found that maggots can produce their own anti-bacterial agents that are secreted into a wound. Researchers are currently exploring whether one of the agents in maggot secretions has the potential to become a new antibiotic for use with other infections, not just wounds.
  • Medicinal maggots have been brought to the small screen through advising the production team of drama Casualty on an episode which involved maggots effectively helping to clean the wound of a patient. Spreading the message about maggot therapy through such a flagship programme was a massive boost to the Love a Maggot campaign.
  • Dr Nigam has changed many, many people’s minds about using maggots for medicinal purposes.

Swansea University Research Themes