Together we’re changing tomorrow, today.

For 60 years we’ve made possibilities into realities.

Advance discovery. Advance healing.

Stories from our community show how far we’ve come and how far we can go.

Dermatology is crucial to human health and life.

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

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.

Celebrating 60 Years with a Special Series!

We have a long history of investing in early and mid-career research helping to launch careers across the field of dermatology. Over 60 years, the Foundation has invested over $88.4 million, across more than 2,500 research awards. There is a story behind every research award, every investigator funded. We've interviewed just a few of the exceptional researchers who have received DF funding over the years. Learn about their personal stories and how you can support research like theirs in the DF's 60th Anniversary Special Series.

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Every practicing dermatologist—and their patients—benefit from new treatments unlocked by research.

Since 1964, the Dermatology Foundation has invested in groundbreaking research leading to new knowledge, treatments, and cures. In 2024, the Foundation continued its investment and awarded over $2.97 million in research funding. This accomplishment is made possible with the ongoing support of our dedicated members, corporate partners, and friends. Their generosity sustains this advancement of patient care.

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Denise Mervis, PharmD, Janet A. Fairley, MD, DF President, Marlys S. Fassett, MD, PhD, awardee, Associate Professor at UCSF, Jessie Ross, PharmD, CMPP, John E. Bournas, DF Executive Director
Denise Mervis, PharmD, Janet A. Fairley, MD, DF President, Marlys S. Fassett, MD, PhD, awardee, Associate Professor at UCSF, Jessie Ross, PharmD, CMPP, John E. Bournas, DF Executive Director

Bristol Myers Squibb Psoriasis Research Award!

The DF is pleased to bestow the 2024 Bristol Myers Squibb Psoriasis Research Award upon Marlys S. Fassett, MD, PhD, Associate Professor at UCSF, for her research “Searching for IL-31: Toward Curative Targeting of Psoriasis Skin TRM Cells.” This award, intended for outstanding mid-career investigators, is made possible by the generous support from Bristol Myers Squibb, and was developed specifically for basic, clinical or translational research that would advance aspects of dermatology related to psoriasis. A third award will be available beginning in 2025. Watch this space for application details this summer.

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Why We're Here

Advancing our understanding of skin, hair and nails 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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More than Meets the Eye

Our skin, our hair, our nails, our health isn’t something any of us can afford to ignore or take for granted. That’s why the Dermatology Foundation supports cutting-edge research and education. As these stories from our community make clear, we’re always on the search for more ways to advance the science and help patients.

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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.

Accelerating Discovery

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. 


2024 Research Award Recipients Announced

Congratulations to our 2024 research awardees! The DF's Medical and Scientific Committee received many promising proposals and identified those that have the greatest potential to further dermatology.


Catch Up on What’s New

Our latest issue of Dermatology Focus pays tribute to our honorary awardees and the work of past DF award recipients. Visit the Dermatology Focus site for the latest issue.

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Mid-Career Award for Psoriasis Bestowed

The DF is pleased to award the 2024 Bristol Myers Squibb Psoriasis Research Awards to Dr. Marlys Fassett. One final award will be available for an exceptional mid-career investigator in 2025.

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, MD

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

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