PROF. ELI SPRECHER OF THE RAPPAPORT INSTITUTE AWARDED THE 2007 ALFRED MARCHIONINI RESEARCH AWARD
25 October, 2007
The 2007 Alfred Marchionini Research Award was presented to Prof. Eli Sprecher of the Rappaport Institute. The prestigious prize, which is awarded once every 5 years to a researcher for his or her excellence in skin research, was presented at the World Congress of Dermatology, which was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the beginning of October 2007. Prof. Sprecher’s research focuses on the molecular genetics of inherited skin diseases. Over the past decade his group has uncovered the genetic basis of several inherited disorders. These discoveries have revealed the existence of novel key proteins in a number of important physiological pathways such as retinal and hair follicle development, phosphate homeostasis and apoptosis regulation in epithelial tissues. These molecules are currently under study in an attempt to understand their role and exploit this knowledge to develop new diagnostic and therapeutic tools for more common disorders in humans.