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November 1, 2017
Deadline for CDA renewal requests.
January 15, 2018
Extended deadline for receipt of Research Supplement Award applications.
February 17, 2018
2018 Research Award recipients announced.

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Research Awards Program

The DF's Research Awards Program offers a variety of research awards intended to advance the early academic careers and research efforts of physicians and scientists in dermatology and cutaneous biology. An emphasis is placed on supporting research that benefits the dermatology community at large and has significant potential to advance patient care. It is the expectation that the recipients of Foundation awards will be tomorrow's expert teachers, innovative investigators and master clinicians in dermatology.

New 2018 Research Supplement Award—Deadline Extended to January 15

The Dermatology Foundation is pleased to announce a new award developed to enhance diversity in the field of dermatology and the specialty’s academic workforce--the 2018 Research Supplement Award (RSA). The RSA is available to recent recipients of DF career development awards to supplement their efforts on existing research projects. Each award is to be used to support the in-depth participation of a medical student in a defined full-time research plan. The student must be identified as belonging to an under-represented minority (URM) group, as defined by the NIH.

Each RSA will provide $5,000 to cover direct expenses associated with the participation of a URM medical student in a research project. A limited number of awards will be available. Application packages are now due to the Foundation on January 15, 2018 for funding beginning the following June 1st. For more information, download the Applicant Instructions and the application form.

Recipients of career development awards may request renewal for a second or third year of funding. Instructions for preparing a renewal package can be found in section VI of the Applicant Instructions.

If you have any questions regarding the Foundation's Research Awards Program, or a current award, please call the Foundation office at (847) 328-2256. Or if you prefer, you may send your inquiry to

The DF 2017 Research Award Recipients were announced at the Foundation's annual membership meeting in Orlando on March 4th. Congratulations to the 52 individuals who received a DF career development award, fellowship or research grant.

Several the recipients stopped by the DF booth to share their thanks:

  • Hadar Lev-Tov, MD - Medical Dermatology CDA
    Hadar Lev-Tov, MD
    Medical Dermatology CDA
  • Neda Nikbakht, MD, PhD, Dermatologist - Investigator Research Fellowship
    Neda Nikbakht, MD, PhD, Dermatologist
    Investigator Research Fellowship
  • Maija Kiuru, MD, PhD - Dermatopathology Research CDA
    Maija Kiuru, MD, PhD
    Dermatopathology Research CDA
  • Joshua Arbesman, MD, Medical Dermatology CDA
    Joshua Arbesman, MD
    Medical Dermatology CDA
  • Bahram Razani, MD, PhD, Dermatologist Investigator Research Fellowship
    Bahram Razani, MD, PhD
    Dermatologist Investigator Research Fellowship
  • Zelma C. Chiesa Fuxench, MD, Medical Dermatology CDA
    Zelma C. Chiesa Fuxench, MD
    Medical Dermatology CDA
  • Megan Noe, MD, Clinical CDA in Health Care Policy/Public Health
    Megan Noe, MD
    Clinical CDA in Health Care Policy/Public Health

Award recipients can do something specific to help the Dermatology Foundation continue funding the research projects of today. The Foundation has prepared a PowerPoint slide to be used in your research presentations. It reads: "The Dermatology Foundation has supported and advanced my career." Click here to view and download a copy of the PowerPoint DF slide, or download the slide as a PDF.

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