Dermatology Foundation

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2017 Research Awards
The DF is now accepting applications for 2017 funding. Click here for information.
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2017 Clinical Symposia, Jan. 18-22, 2017
Colleagues share why DF is so important to the specialty
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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
Michael D. Tharp, M.D.
Michael D. Tharp, M.D.

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 future, we remain 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. We look forward to continuing to support the needs of the specialty to ensure our future.

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Your support is critically needed.

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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.

  • 80% of DF awardees have remained in academics
  • 86% of these individuals received federal funding
  • Each $1 of CDA funding garnered $10 or more in NIH grant support

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

Executive Committee
Michael D. Tharp, M.D.
Bruce U. Wintroub, M.D.
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Stuart R. Lessin, M.D.
Vice President
Elizabeth I. McBurney, M.D.
Members at Large:
George Cotsarelis, M.D.
Janet A. Fairley, M.D.
Sewon Kang, M.D.
Seth J. Orlow, M.D., Ph.D.
John J. Voorhees, M.D. FRCP
Jonathan S. Weiss, M.D.
Kim B. Yancey, M.D.
Executive Staff
Sandra Rahn Benz
Executive Director
Christine M. Boris
Deputy Executive Director
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Evanston, IL 60201-4808
Phone: (847) 328-2256
Fax: (847) 328-0509
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