Prof Joke Bouwstra of the Division of Drug Delivery Technology (LACDR) won the prestigious C.E.R.I.E.S. Award.

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The CE.R.I.E.S. Research Award is intended to honour a researcher with a proven track record in fundamental or clinical research, especially in the physiology and biology of healthy skin, but also on the responses of the skin to the environment.  The  C.E.R.I.E.S. Award of € 40.000 will be used for future research.  

Prof Joke Bouwstra is the first scientist in the Netherlands, who receives this award. Joke performs already for many years frontier research on the skin barrier. This barrier plays an import role in the delivery of vaccines and drugs via the skin. However, Joke is also interested in skin diseases. For several skin diseases there is a strong evidence that they are triggered by an impaired skin barrier. Early diagnosis and therefore early treatment is important. This can be achieved by selecting the proper biomarkers. To select these biomarkers and to effectively treat skin diseases, a comprehensive analysis of the skin barrier is required.