Dermatology Foundation

What's New?
Congratulations to the 2018 DF Research Award Recipients!
Click here for the list of 2018 Research Award recipients.
Visit the DF booth at the 2018 AAD Annual Meeting!
February 16-18
Booth #2938
Leadership Gala

Sunday, February 18th, 2018, 7:30-9:00 PM
The New Children’s Museum, San Diego, CA.
Pre-Gala Reception 6:45-7:30 PM for Young Leaders.
- Lilly USA, LLC
- Amgen Inc.
- Ortho Dermatologics

Tickets required.
DF Annual Meeting of Membership
Saturday, February 17, 2018
5:30-6:30 PM
DF Contribution Center
To be a 2017 member, please be sure to pay your dues by December 31st. Visa, Master Card, and American Express accepted.
2017 DF Research Award Recipients
See the 52 exceptional physician scientists & researchers & their novel projects.
Career Development Award Survey Results
Recipient responses underscore effect and importance of DF awards.
The DF Mission

The Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3, charitable organization. Its mission is to provide research support that helps develop and retain tomorrow's teachers and researchers in dermatology, enabling advancements in patient care.

A Message from the DF President:
Kim B. Yancey, M.D.
Kim B. Yancey, M.D.

Dear Colleague,

As the year-end is quickly approaching, I wanted to take this opportunity to share an important message with you. In brief, this is a critical time for the Dermatology Foundation. Every dues contribution we receive by December 31st directly impacts our ability to provide much-needed support to our junior colleagues and our specialty in 2018.

If you are not currently a member, please take a few minutes now to consider how important continuous progress is to our specialty and our patients, and join me as a member of the Dermatology Foundation. Together we can further our field by clearing the path for creative minds to expand our understanding of disease, and bring forward new effective treatments and therapies.

If you are a DF member, thank you for your support. I believe that giving to the Foundation is the best way to further patient care, foster innovations, and move all dimensions of dermatology forward.

My best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season.

Kindest regards,

Kim B. Yancey, M.D.

Stiefel Scholar Awardee Published in Cell
Chung-Ping Liao, PhD, Assistant Instructor of Dermatology at UT Southwestern
Michael D. Rosenblum, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
University of California, San Francisco

Michael D. Rosenblum, MD, PhD, recently published convention-shattering research illuminating the autoimmune pathophysiology of alopecia areata in the reputable publication, Cell. Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Rosenblum shares the impact DF funding has had on his career:

“Establishing yourself as an independent investigator is one of the hardest things to do as a physician-scientist. My DF research fellowship and career development award enabled me to have a fighting chance. Then the Stiefel Scholar Award enabled me to take our research to this next level.”

DF Career Development Awardees Make Hair Graying and Growth Discovery
Lu Q. Le, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Dermatology with the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at UT Southwestern
Lu Q. Le, MD, PhD,
Associate Professor
of Dermatology
UT Southwestern
Chung-Ping Liao, PhD, Assistant Instructor of Dermatology at UT Southwestern
Chung-Ping Liao, PhD,
Assistant Instructor
of Dermatology
UT Southwestern

Lu Q. Le, MD, PhD, and his researchers at UT Southwestern uncovered the cause of gray and balding hair.

The highly publicized discovery was featured on the April 2017 cover of Genes & Development and several lay publications. Chung-Ping Liao, PhD, first author, and Dr. Lu Le are current and past DF career development awardees (respectively).

Read the full article here: Identification of hair shaft progenitors that create a niche for hair pigmentation.

Major Gift to Support Skin Cancer Research
John E. Harris, M.D., Ph.D., 2014 Stiefel Scholar Awardee, with Daneen and Charles Stiefel, large supporters of the DF Research Awards Program
John E. Harris, M.D., Ph.D., 2014 Stiefel Scholar Awardee, with Daneen and Charles Stiefel.

Charles and Daneen Stiefel have contributed an exceptional gift of $1 million to the DF for research—for the second time. This gift will support three new multi-year Stiefel Scholar Awards for early to mid-career investigators focused on skin cancer. The DF Trustees are deeply grateful for this extraordinary gift.







Founded in 1964

Executive Committee
Kim B. Yancey, M.D.
Bruce U. Wintroub, M.D.
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Stuart R. Lessin, M.D.
Vice President
Elizabeth I. McBurney, M.D.
Members at Large:
George Cotsarelis, M.D.
Janet A. Fairley, M.D.
Sewon Kang, M.D.
Seth J. Orlow, M.D., Ph.D.
Michael D. Tharp, M.D.
John J. Voorhees, M.D. FRCP
Jonathan S. Weiss, M.D.
Executive Staff
Sandra Rahn Benz
Executive Director
Christine M. Boris
Deputy Executive Director
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