A Skin Patch That Can Melt Fat (video) Columbia University Medical Center Share Print E-Mail Loading video... Caption Columbia University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina have developed a skin patch that uses nanotechnology to locally turn white fat into brown fat. The patch could be used to treat metabolic conditions like obesity and diabetes. Credit CUMC Usage Restrictions Credit CUMC Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.