Bernhard and Kuraishi Awards
Starting in 2013, the biennial Bernhard and Kuraishi awards have been bestowed on a clinician and basic scientist, respectively, who have made significant contributions to our understanding of itch mechanisms and treatment. The Bernhard award is in honor of Jeff Bernhard, a renowned dermatologist, former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, and author of the first book on itch in 1994, entitled “Itch: mechanisms and management of pruritus”. The Kuraishi award honors Yasushi Kuraishi, who at the University of Toyama was the first scientist to use scratching behavior in rodents as an itch model. Dr. Kuraishi has made numerous contributions to our understanding of the pharmacology and physiology of acute and chronic itch.
Past awardees are:
2013 (Boston): Bernhard- Gil Yosipovitch; Kuraishi- Earl Carstens
2015 (Nara): Bernhard- Sonja Staender; Kuraishi- Kenji Takamori
Herman Handwerker Prize
Beiersdorf offered, for the period of four years, a “Herman Handwerker Prize for young researchers” (up to 35 years) for the best poster presentation at the ISFI meetings (2000,- $).
WCI 2015, Herman Handwerker Prize winner 2015:
Ms Miho SHIRATORI-HAYASHI (PP11)
Department of Life Innovation, Graduate school of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyushu Universtity, Fukuoka, Japan.
Poster-Title: "Astrocytic lipocalin-2 in the spinal dorsal horn is required for chronic itch".
During the 6th World Congress on Itch in Brest in September 2011, the Hermann Handwerder Prize was granted to
Hannah R. Moser, Mineapolis, USA: “Pruritic responses in rat trigeminothalamic tract neurons: evidence against an itch-specific pathway”
Hermann Handwerker Prize: Alexandru Dragos Petru Papoiu,
Wake Forest University Health Sciences, USA: A tale of two itches: Common features and notable differences in brain activation revealed in a comparative fMRI study of cowhage and histamine induced itch.
The 2007 award was granted to Steve Davidson for his work on itch and the neural mechanisms underlying the effects on scratching. Please read more about his work here.
Travel grants and poster prizes
WCI 2015 Nara, Japan
IFSI travel grant winners:
Hjaltje H. Andersen, Denmark: "Stimulus-response evaluation of the antipruritic effect of homotopic, monophasic cold and TRP-agonist counter-stimulation of histamine-induced itch in healthy volunteers"
Emilie Brenaut, France: "Pruritus: an underrecognized symptom of small-fiber neuropathies"
Aleksandra Wieczorek, Poland: "Expression of opioid receptors in the skin of patients with uremic pruritus"
Kinan Hayani, Germany, "Syria: Chronic itch in hemodialysis patients: cutaneous manifestations and provision of care according to GEHIS (German Epidemiological Hemodialysis-Itch Study)"
Antoinette Van Laarhoven, Netherlands: "Psychophysiological processing of itch in patients with persistent post-burn itch"
Grant winners chosen from local organizers are follows:Takeshi Morita, Berkley, USA
Karoline Medrek, Wroclaw, Poland
WCI Brest 2011
During the 6th World Congress on Itch in Brest in September 2011, further awards have been granted:
Christina Schut, Giessen, Germany: “Mental itch induction in patients with chronic urticaria”
Tasuku Akiyama, Davis, USA: “Warming enhances serotonin-evoked itch via TRPV4”
Ngoc Quan Phan, Münster, Germany: “Skin analysis by 5D intravital multiphoton tomography in patients with atopic dermatitis treated with aprepitant- a case study”
“Developing Country IFSI Travel Grant”
Christian Muteba Baseke, Kinshasa, Congo: “Epidemiology of Scabies To Akram Hospital, About 49 Cases In Kinshasa / DRC”
WCI Tokyo 2009
The following grants and prizes have been assigned:
Andreas E. Kremer, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (Premier): Autotaxin is a potential mediator of cholestatic pruritus.
Ferda Cevikbas, University of California, San Francisco, USA (Premier): IL-31: An important player in the scene of itch.
Adam Reich, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland: Visual analogue scale as a validated assessment of pruritus intensity.
Tasuku Akiyama, University of California Davis, USA: Enhanced scratching in a mouse model of chronic dry skin itch.
Christine Blome, University Clinics of Hamburg, Germany: National epidemiological study in Germany: Pruritus in a cohort of 11,700 employees
Dmitry V. Romanov, Moscow Medical Academy, Russia: The new approach to studying neurophysiological mechanisms of itch: Evoked potentials to electrical and thermal stimulation in patients with atopic dermatitis.
Tobias Lotts, University of Muenster, Germany: Multidimensional database for pruritus patients – Statistical evaluation of clinical characteristics.
Herman Handwerker Prize
Honorary award for Dr. Takamori
Kenichi Taneda, Juntendo University Urayasu Hospital, Japan: Evaluation of psoriatic itch by epidermal nerve density and opioid receptor levels
Suhandy Tengara, Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan: Epidermal nerve density is modulated by keratinocytes-produced anosmin-1.
Ethan A Lerner, Harvard University, USA: Cathepsin S is an endogenous cysteine protease, elicits itch, and signals via protease-activated receptors
Toshiharu Fujiyama, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Japan: Stress management alleviates atopic pruritus.
In the future, funds raised from industry and individuals will be utilized for a range of resources, including grants, publications, community outreach and public relations. Currently, we have received support from the following health product companies:
Beiersdorf Inc., Stiefel Corporation, Hermal GmbH and Co