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Skin stress response: Chanel Research announces winner of 2016 award

By Lucy Whitehouse + , 01-Dec-2016

Skin stress response: Chanel Research announces winner of 2016 award

Chanel Research has announced the winner of the CHANEL-CERIES Research Award 2016: Professor David Kelsell, Ph.D. (UK), for his 'trailblazing work' in skin molecular mechanisms.

The CHANEL-CERIES Research Award was created in 1996 to support innovative skin research projects and enrich global understanding of healthy skin. The award comes with a  EUR 40,000 prize.

"We are extremely proud to support our laureate's ground-breaking project and look forward to sharing his future findings,” comments Christian Mahé, Senior Vice President Beauty Research and Innovation, of Kelsell’s work.

Research into stress response

Kelsell holds the position of Deputy Director of Research at the Blizard Institute, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, according to Chanel Research.  

His research focuses on new insights into the molecular mechanisms responsible for maintaining and correcting the skin's balance.

"Professor Kelsell's research will focus on the presumptive role of iRHOM2 as a master regulator of stress responses in skin," states Professor Barbara Gilchrest, president of the CERIES Scientific Advisory Board which selects the annual Awardees.  

"Using cultured human keratinocytes, he will examine how this as yet little-studied protein modulates inflammation and otherwise protects the skin from sun damage and either physical or chemical challenges."

The award will go towards investigating why the palm and sole skin is much thicker than other parts of the body and how it responds to physical and environmental stress.

CHANEL-CERIES Research Award

The CHANEL-CERIES Research Award of 40,000€ is supported by CHANEL Research. It is intended to honour the accomplishments of a scientific researcher with a proven track record in fundamental or clinical research work and to encourage his or her continued research activity. The field of research concerns the physiology or biology of healthy skin and/or its reactions to environmental factors.

Previous CHANEL-CERIES winners from 2010:

  • 2015: Emi Nishimura, M.D., Ph.D., Tokyo, Japan
  • 2014: Julia Segre, Ph.D, Bethesda, USA
  • 2013: Robert L. Modlin, M.D., Los Angeles, USA
  • 2012: Martin Röcken, M.D., Ph.D., Tübingen, Germany
  • 2011: Joke A. Bouwstra, Ph.D., Leiden, Netherlands
  • 2010: Howard Y. Chang, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford, USA

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