Prof. Jeffrey Beekman wins the Prix Galien Research Award 2019!
This year, the prestigious Prix Galien Research Award goes to Prof. Jeffrey Beekman!
Jeffrey is affiliated with with the department of Pediatric Pulmonology and the Regenerative Medicine Center Utrecht. He leads a research group that develops stem cell based culture and assay technologies to model human pulmonary disease, with special focus on (personalized) treatment of cystic fibrosis.
Jeffrey has a strong international reputation in the field of cystic fibrosis and his research has given a huge boost to the development and actual translation of personalized medicine for people with this disease. To this end, he has further developed the gut organoid model of Prof. Hans Clevers, in order to be able to study the function of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein, which is disturbed in these patients. Thanks to this approach, it is even possible to develop new modulators for patients with one particular CFTR mutation for whom no treatment currently exists. This involves close collaboration with the cystic fibrosis patient association and their director has nominated him for this prize. Jacqueline Noordhoek, director of the Dutch Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, praised his communicative qualities and emphasized the fact that he is considered one of the 3 “superheroes” of today’s cystic fibrosis research. In addition to the gold Prix Galien medal, Jeffrey Beekman also receives a cash prize of € 5,000.