JSID Awardee Lecture
Decrypting the Complex Barrier System of Mammalian Skin
The JSID Award was established to enhance the motivation of junior researchers. With notable awardees in the past, this prestigious award is bestowed to Dr. Akiharu Kubo from Keio University this year, based on his last 5-year achievements.
Akiharu Kubo received his MD from Osaka University in 1994, followed by dermatology residency training at Osaka University and cell biologist training at Kyoto University. He received his PhD from Osaka University in 2000. In 2006, Dr. Kubo moved to Keio University School of Medicine, where he has made seminal discoveries on the roles of tight junctions in the skin barrier and homeostasis. He is the head physician of the outpatient clinic of Dermatology in Keio University Hospital since 2013, leads genetic analyses and counseling of genodermatoses in Japan, and has determined new disease-causative genes for genodermatoses. He has been a board member of JSID since 2015 and has contributed to the JSID Young Academician-Fostering Seminars (Kisaragi Juku) and the JSID Summer School (Aoba Juku) to recruit and encourage young physicians/researchers. He has received several awards including the Japanese Dermatological Association Seigo Minami Memorial Award for his research on the epidermal tight junction barrier.