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Dermatology is crucial to human health and life.

Together we’re supporting the research and education that’s needed today —  and tomorrow. 

Saving skin saves lives.

Stories from our community make clear how we've made an impact together.

The solution to every disease and condition in dermatology is out there, just waiting to be discovered.

Advances in dermatology happen every day.

The annual Clinical Symposium provides cutting-edge medical education for practitioners.

Every practicing dermatologist benefits from new treatments unlocked through research — and so do their patients.

For nearly 60 years, the Dermatology Foundation has invested in groundbreaking research leading to new knowledge, treatments, and cures. In 2022, the Foundation continued its investment and awarded over $2.5 million in research funding. This accomplishment is made possible with the ongoing support of our dedicated members and friends. Their generosity sustains this advancement of patient care.


Jouni Uitto, MD, PhD 1943-2022

December 19, 2022

The Dermatology Foundation was sad to hear of the recent passing of our longtime supporter and former Chair of the Board of Trustees and past-president, Dr. Jouni Uitto. He was a well-recognized expert on collagen biology and elastic tissue, but it was through his pioneering application of genetic techniques to skin disorders that he elucidated…

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Why We're Here

Advancing our understanding of skin is crucial, not just for us in the specialty, but for the health and well-being of everyone. That’s why the Foundation is here, providing the support needed to increase knowledge, develop innovations, and maintain a talented investigative workforce.

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Changing Lives Through Research

The Dermatology Foundation Research Award Program supports the work of investigators who are exploring a wide spectrum of conditions within the specialty. Their contributions to the knowledge of skin disease drive the improvement of patient care. We empower them today to guide the future of dermatology tomorrow.

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Register Now for the 2023 Clinical Symposium!

The DF will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its annual continuing medical education meeting February 1-4, in Naples, Florida. This year’s agenda and faculty were selected in keeping with the Foundation’s high standards for an informative and practical CME program. Be sure to register early to secure your space.

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Saving Skin Saves Lives

It’s the body’s first line of defense, and skin needs defending more than ever. That’s why the Dermatology Foundation supports cutting-edge research and education, and why we aim to bring together all who care for skin. Our collective impact touches so many, as these stories from our community illustrate.

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The power of research and science fuels the future of dermatology.

The Potential of Investigators is Infinite

The Dermatology Foundation invests in early and mid-career researchers with novel ideas and the potential to achieve scientific breakthroughs that lead to new treatments and cures. Our current award recipients are uncovering new knowledge about the topics below, which represent a sample of the Foundation's research portfolio. As science evolves, the potential for more breakthrough research in dermatology expands — and the DF is there to support each step forward.

Skin Care is Health Care

Your contributions to the Dermatology Foundation fuel the groundbreaking research that makes new discoveries possible. And those discoveries in a physician’s hands become the knowledge that heals. 


Proposals for 2023 Research Awards Requested

The DF is pleased to announce its research funding opportunities for 2023. Research proposals are being accepted in ten career development award (CDA), including a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion CDA, one fellowship and four grant categories. This year the DF is especially grateful to the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation for sponsorship of a CDA for HS investigative work and the Women’s Dermatologic Society for it support of a Women’s Health Research Grant. The application deadline this year is November 1, 2022.


Dermatology Focus is Moving to a New Digital Format

The DF’s long-time quarterly newsletter is being transitioned to a new online format. Its purpose will remain the same—to share the most current, relevant discoveries and Foundation news. Visit the new Dermatology Focus site and let us know what you think by completing this short reader survey. Your opinion is important and will help us shape the content and features you believe are valuable.

hands of a patient with psoriasis close-up under an ultraviolet lamp. Light therapy, phototherapy

New Mid-Career Award for Psoriasis Investigators

Thanks to a $1 million grant, the DF is pleased to announce the availability of a 2023 Bristol Myers Squibb Psoriasis Research Award. Applications will be accepted through December 15.

There is no such thing as a small contribution; every action creates impact.

No dermatologist wants to be practicing the same medicine at the end of their career as they were at the beginning. The DF is critical to our collective future. It has continuously supported promising investigators who have brought us new knowledge and better tools.”

Janet A. Fairley, M.D.

President, Dermatology Foundation
Janet A. Fairley, M.D.
Janet A. Fairley, M.D.

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