Dermatology Foundation
DF 50th Anniversary

What's New?

Why is the DF so important to the specialty?
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2015 Research Awards
The DF is now accepting applications for 2015 funding.
DF Awards Record
$3.5 Million
Click here for the list of 2014 Research Award recipients.
Pay Your 2014 Dues Online
Visit the DF Contribution Center
Take the 2014 Leaders Society Challenge
Join the Leaders Society now and your pledge of $1,500 will earn an additional contribution of $750 for dermatologic research.

For physician referrals, contact the American Academy of Dermatology.

The DF Mission

Celebrating 50 Years of Commitment to the Health and Vitality of Dermatology

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.

The DF is grateful to its many member physicians, specialty societies, and corporate supporters for their generous contributions over the past 50 years. Their support has helped to advance dermatologic care and ensure the development of tomorrow's thought leaders.

Research Awards Program

The Foundation remains fully committed to furthering the specialty of dermatology by offering a variety of funding mechanisms through its Research Awards Program. The annual DF award offering has 16 funding categories supporting all aspects of dermatology.

The DF Board of Trustees announced at its 2014 annual meeting that 69 promising new physician scientists and investigators were selected to receive $3.5 million in DF research funding this year.

Charles & Daneen Stiefel
Charles & Daneen Stiefel
Charles and Daneen Stiefel Give $1.0M for Dermatologic Research

The Dermatology Foundation’s Board of Trustees is honored and pleased to recognize Charles and Daneen Stiefel for their recent gift of $1.0 million. The largest single contribution bestowed to the DF since it was founded in 1964, the Stiefels’ donation demonstrates their extraordinary commitment to the advancement of science and patient care. At their request, the funds will be used to further dermatologic research in autoimmune and/or connective tissue diseases.

Charles Stiefel has been a long-time supporter of the DF in his private life as a member of the Annenberg Circle and Fitzpatrick Legacy Fund—and in his public life as the former Chair and CEO of Stiefel Laboratories, a member of the DF’s Corporate Honor Society. The Trustees are grateful to Charles and Daneen Stiefel for their exceptional generosity, their confidence in the Foundation and their decision to support the future of the specialty.

Survey Shows 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 our 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:
Janet A. Fairley, M.D.
Gerald G. Krueger, 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.
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Evanston, IL 60201-4808
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