The 2018 award was available to young scientists from Least Developed Countries as listed by the Committee for Development Policy of the United Nations. The 2018 winner is from Nepal where Joshi has worked with the Nepal Medical College Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu and now works with the Far Western Community Hospital, Attariya. He has worked in both clinical and research capacities.
Joshi won the 2018 prize with his paper Impact of Decorative cosmetics: How the community patient responses to quality of life in developing country. The paper reports the findings of a hospital based study among dermatological pigmentation disorders pre and post use of decorative cosmetic application and suggests that decorative cosmetics can, according to skin type, complement the treatment of disfiguring skin diseases and improve quality of life. The paper will be presented as a poster on Thursday afternoon and Friday of the Congress in Munich.
“I would like to express my gratitude to the organising committe that has given this chance to a young early career presenter from a low income country," said Joshi. "It is a good ethos to inspire young colleagues around the world for their dedication in work to improve the quality of life of patients. This will be a golden opportunity to learn about innovative new research and findings from the IFSCC that will be useful in our professional careers. It will also be great to meet new people, network, make friends and explore the vibrant European city of Munich.”
The Rainer Voegeli Travel Grant was introduced in 2017, funded initially with prize money won by Dr Voegeli at the IFSCC 2016 Congress. Dr Voegeli’s prize money has covered the 2017 and 2018 awards and his employer, DSM Nutritional Products has pledged to fund this grant into the future. The grant is jointly administered by the Swiss and Spanish Member Societies of the IFSCC.