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.
DF Welcomes New President
Kim B. Yancey, M.D. was elected by the Foundation's Board of Trustees at its March 2017 meeting. Dr. Yancey is Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. As the former Executive Committee Liaison overseeing the Research Awards Program, he has demonstrated his deep commitment to the work of the DF by continually ensuring the program met the needs of the specialty.
Stiefel Scholar Awardee Published in Cell
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, 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
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.
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