Beutner to Be Honored For Reseach In Skin Disorders

By Mary Beth Spina

Release Date: February 16, 1999

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Internationally known immunologist and University at Buffalo professor emeritus Ernst H. Beutner, Ph.D., has been named co-recipient of a prestigious research award from the American Skin Association.

The New York City-based association, organized in 1987, supports research and programs to educate and inform the public about skin disorders.

Beutner will receive the award in May during the annual meeting of the Society for Investigative Dermatology in Chicago. He will share the $5,000 Inflammatory Skin Disorders Research Award with former UB post-graduate Fellow Robert E. Jordan.

Beutner was selected for pioneering research that has led to better understanding of the links between human immune-system components and skin disorders. Among these are pemphigus, bullous pemphigoid and lupus erythematosus.

Many of his research contributions over four decades helped define and standardize labeled antibody techniques for microscopy leading to improved diagnostic tests.

Beutner was a founder and diagnostics director of one private local laboratory and currently is director of diagnostics at Buffalo-based Beutner Laboratories.

He was a UB faculty member from 1956 until he retired in 1997 from the now-Department of Microbiology in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He taught microbiology to UB students in medicine, dentistry, nursing and medical technology.

His research contributions have earned him numerous awards from institutions and professional societies, including the European Academy of Dermatology and the University of Trondheim in Norway.

Beutner is a member of numerous professional societies and organizations, including the New York Academy of Sciences and the American Association of Immunologists.

He received his bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and a doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

He is a resident of Eggertsville.