Dr Katharina Bitschar from the University of Tübingen, Germany was awarded for her scientific contribution and here studies related to the skin microbiota & epithelial barrier.
Dr Bitschar’s testimonial: “It is a great honor for me to be awarded by the ISANH for my scientific contribution. My work is about how the commensal Staphylococcus epidermidis influences skin colonization with the pathogen Staphylococcus aureus. Our results show that S. epidermidis protects the skin from S. aureus infection. Interestingly, this protective effect could not be reproduced in vivo when the skin barrier was compromised by repeated tape-stripping. Therefore, we conclude that commensal-induced skin protection is highly dependent on the integrity of the epithelial barrier. Further analysis of the protective mechanisms revealed that this protective effect is partially mediated by IL-1 receptor signaling pathways. The international conference of skin ageing and challenges represents a great opportunity to exchange new concepts and share the latest developments in the field of skin microbiome research. I particularly enjoyed discussing potential future applications of skin microbiota with leading industry partners and other scientists.”
Dr Bitschar will present the updated of this study during the next Skin Challenges Congress which will be held in 2019. More information soon on www.skin-challenges.com