Science is exciting and fun

“When future generations see my research, I want them to know that science is very exciting and fun. You can contribute to dermatology and help patients through skin research,”

says Dr. Tetsuro Kobayashi who received the 2019 LEO Foundation Award – Region Asia Pacific.

Dr. Kobayashi is a research scientist at the Laboratory for Innate Immune Systems, RIKEN, Center for Integrative Medical Sciences (IMS), Yokohama, in Japan.

A major direction of Tetsuro Kobayashi’s research aims to understand the immunological eco-system of the skin and, in particular, how immune cells interact with both the skin microbiota and the surrounding skin cells in atopic dermatitis.

Fun and excitement

Tetsuro Kobayahsi became interested in dermatology when he was actually a veterinary student!

“Dogs and cats also suffer from skin diseases like atopic dermatitis,” he explains. But today his research is all about dermatology and helping patients with skin diseases through his research.

Tetsuro’s aim is to establish a comprehensive roadmap for understanding how the skin immune cell network is maintained, and how dysfunction of immune cells leads to skin diseases.

“In the end, I want to provide useful information to doctors and researchers, who work to improve patientcare and to find new treatments,” he says.

And the 2019 LEO Foundation Award is a very important step for his research career:

“The award of USD 100,000 is a crucial support to establish my own and independent research,” Tetsuro Kabayashi smiles.

When Tetsuro is not in his lab, he enjoys spending time with his family – and dog – out in the nature doing everything from hiking to scuba diving.


The Award ceremony was held in Aomori in Japan in November 2019 during the annual meeting of JSID (Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology) with participation of the LEO Foundation Chief Grant Officer, Ida Brams. Please have a look here


Awarding the extraordinary

The LEO Foundation Awards constitute a global recognition and are given annually to outstanding young scientists whose work represent extraordinary contributions to dermatology research.

There are three awards of 100.000 USD, one in each of the Americas, EMEA (Europe/Middle East/Africa) and Asia-Pacific regions.

With our LEO Foundation Awards, we want to recognize the individual young researchers and scientists around the world, whose work represent extraordinary contributions to medical research and whose results advance our understanding of skin diseases and have the potential to pave the way for new and improved treatments. Furthermore, we want our awards to benefit and strengthen the entire dermatology research community.

To apply for the 2020 LEO Foundation Award, please click here

Application deadline for the coming award, Regions Americas, is 14 February.