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.
A Message from the President
The Dermatology Foundation marks its 50th anniversary this year and there is much to celebrate. Since the DF was established in 1964, dermatology has emerged as a vital and progressive specialty in the house of medicine, and the Foundation is proud to have maintained a central role in its evolution.
As we look to the next fifty years, we are keenly aware that the downward trend in federal research grants is a severe threat to future progress. New physician-scientists and investigators are finding it tremendously discouraging to begin careers in our field and, as a result, need DF support more than ever. If you are not a member or supporter of the Foundation, make this year your first—the specialty needs your help. Dermatology has given us all so much, and together we can advance the care available to every patient.
On behalf of the DF's officers and Board of Trustees, I wish to extend our deep appreciation to our many colleagues, specialty societies and corporations who have demonstrated their strong commitment for the Foundation's mission over five decades. We look forward to celebrating our past this year and the support of the dermatologic community to ensure our future.
Career Development Awards Strengthen Specialty
The Foundation's research awards have helped to launch the careers of numerous investigators, educators and leaders in dermatology. The DF recently surveyed its career development award (CDA) recipients to assess the effectiveness of its funding program. The results underscore the critical role Foundation support has in moving the specialty forward.
The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology published the complete CDA survey findings online in March of 2012. The article highlights the significant effect DF funding has had on the specialty—a "major favorable impact on the academic workforce and supported numerous individuals who have advanced knowledge and patient care." Read the full JAAD article.
Founded in 1964