Two University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine dermatology experts were honored with Medical Professional Research Awards from the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF).
Penn Medicine dermatology and epidemiology professor Joel Gelfand won the 2017 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award, while dermatology and epidemiology assistant professor Junko Takeshita won the Outstanding New Investigator Award, a Penn Medicine release said.
Gelfand won the Outstanding Achievement Award in part for his research and for how his work affects the areas of concentration, the release said. He specializes in testing how psoriasis and other long-lasting diseases interact with each other, especially psoriasis and cardio metabolic disease.
Takeshita worked for the National Psoriasis Foundation in a fellowship role for two years, a role that gave her the chance to learn directly from Gelfand, the release said. The National Institutes of Health gave her a grant to delve into differences in how psoriasis is addressed in different races. She has put out over 24 research papers. One of those research papers pointed out big differences in how people on Medicare have psoriasis addressed.
Both medical experts got their awards at the 2017 NPF Research Symposium.