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Research Awards Program

The DF's Research Awards Program offers a variety of research awards intended to further the specialty and enable advancements in patient care. 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.

All DF-funded research must be conducted in the U.S. under the sponsorship of a department/division of dermatology that is ACGME-approved for training in dermatology. Applicants must meet the DF's general eligibility requirements, in addition to award-specific requirements presented on or before the time of funding. Minority applicants are encouraged to apply.

The Dermatology Foundation encourages applications concerning health issues impacting minority groups, including, but not limited to, racial minorities, sexual­ gender/LGBTQ minorities, and underserved/disadvantaged populations.

The DF is pleased to present the 2020 Research Award Recipients. Congratulations to the individuals who received a DF mid-career award, career development award, fellowship, research grant, or diversity supplement award. Our new Stiefel Scholar Award, Sun Pharma Research Award, and Career Development Award recipients are presented below:

  • Crystal U. Aguh, M.D. - Medical Dermatology Career Development Award
    Crystal U. Aguh, M.D.
    Johns Hopkins University
    Medical Dermatology Career Development Award
  • Lisa M. Arkin, M.D. - Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award
    Lisa M. Arkin, M.D.
    University of Wisconsin
    Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award
  • Allison Billi, M.D., Ph.D. - Women's Health Career Development Award
    Allison Billi, M.D., Ph.D.
    University of Michigan
    Women's Health Career Development Award
  • Johann E. Gudjonsson, M.D., Ph.D. - Sun Pharma Research Award
    Johann E. Gudjonsson, M.D., Ph.D.
    University of Michigan
    Sun Pharma Research Award
  • Andrew Ji, M.D. - Research Career Development Award
    Andrew Ji, M.D.
    Stanford University
    Research Career Development Award
  • Rie Takahashi, M.D., Ph.D. - Clinical Career Development Award in Dermatologic Surgery
    Rie Takahashi, M.D., Ph.D.
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Clinical Career Development Award in Dermatologic Surgery
  • Joy Wan, M.D., M.S.C.E. - Public Health Career Development Award
    Joy Wan, M.D., M.S.C.E.
    University of Pennsylania
    Public Health Career Development Award
  • Lee E. Wheless, M.D. - Physician Scientist Career Development Award
    Lee E. Wheless, M.D.
    Vanderbilt University
    Physician Scientist Career Development Award
  • Iwei Yeh, M.D., Ph.D. - Charles and Daneen Stiefel Scholar Award in Skin Cancer
    Iwei Yeh, M.D., Ph.D.
    University of California, San Francisco
    Charles and Daneen Stiefel Scholar Award in Skin Cancer

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 dfrap@dermatologyfoundation.org.

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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