The LEO Foundation rewards young scientists in Japan

The LEO Foundation has offered awards 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).

Ballerup, Denmark (16 December, 2016) – The LEO Foundation has recently presented the “LEO Foundation Awards 2016 in association with JSID” – JSID being the Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology – to two young scientists in Japan, who have strong track records and show promising futures.

The LEO Foundation Gold Award of DKK 0.5 million went to Dr. Ayumi Yoshizaki (to the right, middle), and the DKK 0.25 million 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.

“The LEO Foundation is proud to present the awards to these two young, very promising scientists. We look forward to follow their future endeavours and we are sure that they will continue their excellent contributions in the field of dermatology,” said Lars Olsen, Chairman of the LEO Foundation.

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 is using 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.