Scientific Contribution Award: Dr. Katharina Bitschar from the University of Tübingen, Germany presented the recent advances and perspectives on skin microbiota & epithelial. The scientific contribution award was awarded by the scientific committee. For more information about this award, please click here.
|Poster Presentation Award: The third award was discerned to Nethanel Fridman from the School of Pharmacy, Institute for Drug Research, Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel for his poster presentation on the biodegradable nanoparticles as topical drug delivery into hair follicles. For more information about this award, please click here.|
|Industrial Innovation Award: The French company Greentech was awarded for its industrial innovation. Greentech actively presented their innovations strategies to prevent skin alteration. For more information about this award, please click here.|
During the 9th International Conference on Skin Challenges held in February 26-27, 2018, the Scientific Committee awarded Prof. Dr. med. Jean Krutmann, director of IUF – Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine at Düsseldorf, Germany for all his scientific achievements in the field of skin.
Prof. Dr. med. Krutmann gave a strategic presentation about “What’s new in extrinsic skin aging research? State of the art”. He highlighted the mechanisms through which air pollutants cause skin hyperpigmentation and he designed the way to claim anti-pollution ingredients for cosmetic products. For the scientific committee, Prof. Dr. med. Krutmann is a pioneer and vanguardist dermatologist. He actively participated to create new innovations in the field of skin protection and translated all his basic research into practical applications.
About Prof. Dr. med. Jean Krutmann:
Jean Krutmann was born in 1959 in Menden, Germany, and obtained his MD from the University of Münster in 1986. After several stays abroad (postdoc at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA and DFG stipend at the University Hospital for Dermatology in Vienna, Austria) he became resident, assistant/associate professor at the University Hospital for Dermatology of Freiburg.
From 1994 until 2001 he was full professor/deputy director of the University Hospital for Dermatology Düsseldorf.
In 2001 he was appointed Chair of Environmental Medicine at the Medical Faculty of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and thereby also Director of IUF. Under his directorship in 2011 the institute became a member of the Leibniz Association and was renamed IUF – Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine.
His research focuses on dermatoxicology, immunodermatology and photodermatology with a special emphasis on environmentally-induced skin diseases and skin aging.
He is author/coauthor of more than 400 contributions to scientific journals and books as well as editor of 9 textbooks.
Jean Krutmann was awarded several national and international prizes: Arnold Rikli Award, Albrecht Fleckenstein Award, Paul Gerson Unna Award, Oscar Gans Award, CE.R.I.E.S. Research Support Award and the Dermopharmacy Innovation Award. Since 2010, he is member of the Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Science. Since 2012, he is speaker of the Leibniz Research Alliance “Healthy Ageing”. Additionally, he is Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and Senior Visiting Professor of the Human Phenome Institute of Fudan University.
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
Nethanel Friedman from the Laboratory of Dr Ofra Benny at the Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem was awarded for his poster presentation and his studies about Biodegradeble nanoparticles as topical drug delivery into hair follicels presented during Porto Skin Challenges Congress 2018.
The poster of Mr Friedman highlighted the penetration and delivery of drugs into the deepest dermal layers. In his work, he developed an improved drug delivery system based on biodegradable nanoparticles targeting the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. Accumulation of particles loaded with drug in the deepest layers of the follicles has a great potential to serve as an efficient tool for topical drug delivery in many diseases.
According to him: “Skin Challenges 2018” has been a wonderful opportunity to be exposed to the most updated and innovative research in the field of skin ageing.
International gathering of leading scientists from academy and industry that are working on skin challenges, provides a great platform to meet with colleagues in the field and to initiate new collaborations.
The event was very enjoyable and well organized. I am looking forward to participate in the meeting next year.”