Two awards for Skin Barrier Research Group at the Skin Forum Conference


On 21 and 22 June 2022, the Skin Forum 2022 was held in Malmö, Sweden. The conference focuses on skin barrier research and (trans)dermal drug delivery, bringing together experts from academia and pharmaceutical companies worldwide.


Our faculty was very successfully represented by the Skin Barrier Research Group members. Dr. Irene Sagrafena was chosen by the organizers to present her results at the “Young Researchers Session,” and her lecture "The role of fluidity and pH on the assembly of human stratum corneum lipids: an in vitro study" was awarded the best oral presentation. The evaluation committee also selected "Cutaneous imiquimod delivery using phospholipid-based microemulsions," presented by Dr. Georgios Paraskevopoulos, Ph.D. as the best poster of nearly ninety poster presentations.

Dr. Sagrafena is a third-year postgraduate student of Pharmaceutical Technology under the supervision of prof. Vávrová and Dr. Paraskevopoulos, where she investigates the fundamental properties of the skin barrier lipids. Dr. Paraskevopoulos also works at the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and is currently focused on developing advanced (trans)dermal drug delivery systems. The awarded results are part of research recently published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology (IF 8.6; AIS 2.3; D1: Assembly of Human Stratum Corneum Lipids In Vitro: Fluidity Matters; and Acidic pH Is Required for the Multilamellar Assembly of Skin Barrier Lipids In Vitro) and Pharmaceuticals (IF 5.9; AIS 1.1; Q1) (Phospholipid-Based Microemulsions for Cutaneous Imiquimod Delivery).

Text and photo: prof. PharmDr. Kateřina Vávrová, Ph.D., PharmDr. Anna Paraskevopoulou, Ph.D.

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