The CHANEL-CERIES Research Award 2016 Honours a Leading Scientist and Supports Novel Research on Healthy Skin

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Research News
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PARIS, November 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

CHANEL Research announces the winner of the CHANEL-CERIES Research Award

2016: Professor David Kelsell, Ph.D. (UK) for his trail-blazing work in skin molecular mechanisms.

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"The CHANEL-CERIES Research Award was created in 1996 to support innovative skin research projects and enrich global understanding of healthy skin," comments Christian Mahé, Senior Vice President Beauty Research and Innovation. "`We are extremely proud to support our laureate's ground-breaking project and look forward to sharing his future findings."

Research into stress responses in healthy skin to throw new light on cutaneous balance and repair 

David Kelsell Ph.D. 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.  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, Department of Dermatology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and 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."

"Indeed, the award will allow us to specifically investigate, using molecular and cell biology tools, why the palm and sole skin is much thicker than other parts of the body and how it responds to physical and environmental stress," continues Professor David Kelsell. "Receiving this award is truly a personal honour but is also a reflection of the dedicated work of the Kelsell group as a whole and the wonderful research collaborations we have had over the years."

Professor Kelsell's project will pave the way for innovative cosmetic research targeting both maintenance and repair of healthy skin.

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 Award Winners

    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
    2009: Sabine Werner, Ph.D., Zurich, Switzerland
    2008: Paul A. Khavari, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford, USA
    2007: Richard L. Gallo, M.D.,Ph.D., San Diego, USA  
    2006: Irwin McLean Ph.D., DSc, FRSE, Scotland, UK   
    2005: Masayuki Amagai, M.D. Tokyo, Japan
    2004: Thomas Schwarz, M.D. Kiel, Germany
    2003: Angela M. Christiano, Ph.D., New York, USA
    2002: Dennis R. Roop, Ph.D., Houston, USA
    2001: Fiona M. Watt, D. Phil., London, UK
    2000: Michael Karin, Ph.D., San Diego, USA
    1999: Jonathan Rees, M.D., Edinburgh, UK
    1998: Jean Krutmann, M.D., Düsseldorf, Germany
    1997: Jens-Michael Schröder, Ph.D., Kiel, Germany
    1996: Akira Takashima, M.D., Ph.D., Dallas, USA



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