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The ‘Oscars’ of the German Dermatology Community

The Deutsche Dermatologische Gesellschaft (DDG), or German Society of Dermatology, is the professional organization covering scientific and practical dermatology, venereology and allergology. This Berlin-based organization of German speaking Dermatologists was founded in 1889, has over 3,600 members and publishes a very respected paper, the ‘Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft’. It represents German Dermatology Science, works closely with its Swiss (SGDV) and Austrian (ÖGDV) counterparts and is a core member of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV), the European Dermatology Forum (EDF), the European Society of Dermatological Research (ESDR) and the Union of European Medical Specialists (UEMS).

The DDG is a leader in practical and scientific dermatology; it initiates e.g. new innovative treatments and respective guidelines for dermatology practitioners in Germany.

For 30 years now, the DDG has been awarding the prestigious ‘Oscar-Gans-Preis”’ for particular scientific research done and published by dermatologists or scientists working in dermatological clinics and institutions. This award is given every 2 years during the National DDG-congress by the president of this organization, nowadays Professor Dr. Thomas Luger, Head of Dermatology department at the University clinics in Münster. It consists of 3 prizes: a first prize award of 15.000€ and two advancement awards prizes of 5,000 € each.

For the 46th Conference in Dresden, the prize went to Dr. Matthias Goebeler and his team at the Clinic of the University of Marburg for their successful research on allergies to nickel. Dr. Kamran Ghoreschi of the University of Tubingen received a prize for his research on the generation of pathogenic lymphocytic cells. Meanwhile, Dr. Alexander Rösch of the University of Saarland in Hamburg was recognized for its work on tumor growth of melanoma skin cancer.

The support of this prestigious biennial award gives Galderma pride to play an important supportive role in the German scientific dermatology community. The prize supports scientific basic research in dermatology explicitly and provides a significant support and incentive for scientists that could result in potential development of new and optimized solutions for treating dermatological problems in the future. The award has been given 15 times at present and the research of more than 45 dermatologists or scientists in the field of dermatology have benefited directly from the Oscar Gans Prize. This initiative is an outstanding, continuous and well recognized commitment of Galderma in scientific research in dermatology we feel obliged more than ever in the future. 

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