The LEO Foundation rewards young scientists in Japan

Beneficiaries: Dr. Ayumi Yoshizaki, lecturer and independent researcher, Department of Dermatology, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo & Dr. Yu Sawada, research fellow, Department of Dermatology, Kyoto University and assistant professor, University of Environmental and Medical Health, Kitakyushu

Grants: DKK 500,000 & DKK 250,000

The LEO Foundation has offered “LEO Foundation Awards 2016 in association with JSID” to two young, promising Japanese scientists for their pioneering dermatological research. The awards have been bestowed in collaboration with the Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology (JSID).

The LEO Foundation Gold Award of DKK 500,000 went to Dr. Ayumi Yoshizaki, and the DKK 250,000 Silver Award went to Dr. Yu Sawada. The award ceremony took place in Sendai, Japan, at the 41st annual conference of JSID on 11 December 2016.

About the awardees

Gold award winner: Dr. Ayumi Yoshizaki is a lecturer and an independent researcher in the field of dermatological autoimmune diseases based at Department of Dermatology, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo. Dr. Yoshizaki has his own research group, an impressive list of publications and is well acknowledged by the Japanese dermatological and scientific communities. His future research is focused on autoimmune diseases related to the skin, particularly systemic sclerosis (SSc). His lab uses highly innovative techniques to explore the role of auto-reactive B cells in SSc at the single cell level. He is a rising star that very well could establish himself as a leader in his field globally.

Silver award winner: Dr. Yu Sawada currently holds the position as a research fellow at the Department of Dermatology in Kyoto University and assistant professor at the University of Environmental and Medical Health in Kitakyushu. Dr. Sawada’s research focuses on establishing and implementing a new therapeutic paradigm for the improvement of inflammatory skin diseases through medical treatment in combination with specific lifestyle alterations such as diet, sleep and physical exercise.