LEO Foundation rewards promising and talented scientists in skin research

The LEO Foundation has awarded two exceptionally promising and talented scientists the foundation’s 2017 Gold and Silver Awards. The Gold Award is DKK 1 million and the Silver Award DKK 500,000.

Copenhagen, Denmark (4 October, 2017) – The LEO Foundation has given its 2017 Gold and Silver Awards to two promising young scientists, Maria Kasper and Christoph Schlapbach. Both scientists have made exceptional advances within dermatology research.

The LEO Foundation’s 2017 Gold and Silver Awards went to Dr. Maria Kasper, Karolinska Institute, Sweden, and Dr. Christoph Schlapbach, University of Bern, Switzerland.


“We are proud to present the two outstanding young scientists with our awards. Both have truly advanced our understanding of skin diseases through their valuable contributions to the scientific community, and their outstanding research has the potential to pave the way for new and improved treatments,” said Thorsten Thormann, Chairman of the LEO Foundation Award Committee.

The Gold Award went to Dr. Maria Kasper, presently leading a research group at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

“Receiving the phone call with the news of the LEO Foundation 2017 Gold award is one of these few unforgettable moments. My friends often call me “skin nerd” since I love everything about skin.  Thus, it’s such a happiness and great honour for me to receive this prestigious prize. I would like to express my deepest thank you to the LEO Foundation, the ESDR, and my lab members who make everyday’s work fun and colorful,” said Maria Kasper.

The Silver Award went to Dr. Christoph Schlapbach, dermatology resident at the University of Bern in Switzerland.

“It is a great honour for me to receive the LEO Foundation 2017 Silver Award on behalf of my emerging research team. Together with the generous financial support, this prize motivates and supports our journey towards a better understanding of how the human skin functions,” said Christoph Schlapbach


About the awards

The LEO Foundation Gold and Silver Awards were created in 2008 and are awarded to young scientists whose work represent extraordinary contributions to medical research.

The European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR, www.esdr.org) has identified candidates and the LEO Foundation has selected the award winners.