Press Releases

February, 2008

2008 Research Award Recipients

Clinical Career Development Award in Health Care Policy

Melody J. Eide, M.D., M.P.H.
Henry Ford Medical Center
Association of Sociodemographic Factors & Healthcare Use with Melanoma Survival in a Diverse Cohort

Mario E. Lacouture, M.D.
Northwestern University
Innovative Pharmacovigilance for Dermatologic Adverse Events in Oncology

Clinical Career Development Award in Dermatologic Surgery

Jeremy S. Bordeaux, M.D., M.P.H.
Case Western Reserve University
Multicenter Prospective Rare Cutaneous Tumor Database and Tissue Bank

Nanette J. Liegeois, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 3
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
The Role of Methylation in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma Progression

Faramarz H. Samie, M.D.
Thomas Jefferson University
Molecular Targeted Therapy for Inhibiting Collagen Fibril Formation and Its Use in Surgery

Chrysalyne D. Schmults, M.D. - Year 2
Harvard University
Relative Effects of Immunosuppressive Regimens on Skin Cancer Formation in Organ Transplant Patients

Steven Q. Wang, M.D. - Year 2
Cornell University
Mohs Micrographic Surgery for Lentigo Maligna Melanoma Assisted by Confocal Laser Microscopy

Siegrid Yu, M.D. - Year 3
University of California, San Francisco
Merkel Cell Carcinoma: Identification of Clinical & Molecular Predictors of Outcome, Optimal Therapy

Physician Scientist Career Development Award

Allen T. Bruce, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Michigan
Phenotype and Function of IL-17-secreting T-cells in Psoriasis

Patrick E. Burnett, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 3
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
p120-Catenin Loss in Melanoma

Kristina P. Callis, M.D. -Year 3
University of Utah
The Relationship of Phenotypes of Psoriasis to Genomic Susceptibility Regions in a Large Utah Cohort

Keith A. Choate, M.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
Genetics and Pathobiology of Ichthyosis en Confetti

Luis A. Garza, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 2
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Heterogeneous Cell Populations within the Human Hair Follicle Stem Cell Compartment

Rajnish A. Gupta, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanford University
HOX Cluster Noncoding RNAs in Skin Positional Identity and Fibrosing Disorders of the Skin

Lu Q. Le, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Cell of Origin and Tumor Microenvironment in NF1-Associated Neurofibroma Development

Roger S. Lo, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 2
University of California, Los Angeles
Melanoma in the Skin: Initiation, Progression, and Crosstalk with Dermal Fibroblasts

Kurt Lu, M.D.
Case Western Reserve University
Phenotypic and Functional Analysis of Alternatively Activated Macrophages in Skin Inflammation

Brian P. Pollack, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 3
Emory University School of Medicine
Characterization of Chromatin Modifications Induced by Ultraviolet Radiation

Robert W. Walters, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 2
Duke University Medical Center
Beta-arrestin Mediated Signaling in Metastatic Melanoma

Science of Human Appearance Career Development Award

Prashiela Manga, Ph.D. - Year 2
NYU Medical Center
Evaluating the Contribution of the OCA2 Protein to Variation in Normal Skin Pigmentation

Medical Dermatology Career Development Award

Anna L. Bruckner, M.D.
Stanford University
Bone Mass and Fracture Risk in Patients with Epidermolysis Bullosa

Yolanda R. Helfrich, M.D.
University of Michigan
Clinical and Molecular Analysis of Differences Between Rosacea and Photoaging

Whitney A. High, M.D., M.Eng.
University of Colorado, Denver
Characterization of Gadolinium and Other Metals in Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis

Christopher M. Hull, M.D. - Year 3
University of Utah
Investigating the Pathogenesis of Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Heidi T. Jacobe, M.D. - Year 2
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Immunologic Profiles in Subsets of Morphea Patients

Julie V. Schaffer, M.D. - Year 3
NYU Medical Center
Clinical and Molecular Investigation of Genetic and Congenital Skin Diseases

Dawn H. Siegel, M.D. - Year 2
Oregon Health & Science University
Genetic Analysis of PHACES

Psoriasis Career Development Award

Wilson J. Liao, M.D. - Year 2
University of California, San Francisco
Genetic Risk Factors for Psoriasis

Women's Health Career Development Award

Anna Di Nardo, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 3
University of California, San Diego
Role of Cathelicidin Antimicrobial Peptides in the Pathogenesis of Scleroderma: A New Insight Towards Therapy

Research Career Development Award

Francesco Del Galdo, M.D.
Thomas Jefferson University
From Gadolinium to Fibrosis: Role of Caveolin-1 in the Pathogenesis of NFD

Spiro Getsios, Ph.D. - Year 2
Northwestern University
Coordinated Ephrin/Eph-Receptor Signaling and Cadherin-mediated Adhesion in Human Keratinocytes

Qiujie Jiang, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 3
Thomas Jefferson University
Mouse Model for PXE: Mechanisms of Connective Tissue Mineralization

Minjung Kim, Ph.D. - Year 2
Harvard University
Role of NEDD99 in Melanoma Maintenance and Progression

Paul A. Klekotka, M.D., Ph.D.
Washington University Medical Center
The Role of MYD88 in Contact Hypersensitivity

Shi-Long Lu, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 2
Oregon Health & Science University
TGFbeta and AKT Interplay in Skin Cancer

Brian Poligone, M.D., Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
NF Kappa B Activity in Skin Inflammation and Carcinogenesis

Julie L. Ryan, Ph.D., M.P.H.
University of Rochester Medical Center
Radioprotective Function of Curcumin and Secretory Phospholipase A2-isoform V Inhibition

Yutaka Shimomura, M.D., Ph.D.
Columbia University
The Role of p63 and P-cadherin in the Hair Follicle and Ectodermal Appendages

David J. Wong, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 3
Stanford University School of Medicine
Role of CSN5 in Epidermal Homeostasis

Dermatologist Investigator Research Fellowship

Todd C. Becker, M.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
The Role of Dermal Antigen Presenting Cells in Host Defense

Oscar R. Colegio, M.D., Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
Defining the Role of the Innate Immune System in Tumor Progression

Erin E. Huiras, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
The Incidence of Bacillary Angiomastosis in Uganda

Roger C. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
The Role of Prelamin A Accumulation in HIV Protease Inhibitor Associated Lipodystrophy

Lisa H. Williams, M.D.
University of Washington Medical School
Depression, Foot Ulcer, and Incident Amputation in Diabetic Veterans: A Retrospective Cohort Study

Jane Yoo, M.D.
University of Washington Medical School
Investigation of the Role of the Novel Matrix Metalloproteinase Epilysin in Atopic Dermatitis

Fellowship in Pediatric Dermatology

Vivian A. Lombillo, M.D., Ph.D.
Columbia University
Investigating Human p63 Targets and Function Using Genetic Assays in Yeast

Patient Directed Investigation Grant

Kelly M. Cordoro, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Relationship Between Provided History and Diagnosis in Pediatric Teledermatology Consultations

Benjamin D. Ehst, M.D.
Oregon Health & Science University
Effects of TNF Antagonist Therapy on Immunity to Infectious Pathogens in Individuals with Psoriasis

Jorge A. Garcia-Zuazaga, M.D.
Case Western Reserve University
Fractional Photothermolysis for the Treatment of Photodamaged Skin and Atrophic Scars: Molecular Mechanisms of Dermal Remodeling with Clinical and Histological Correlations

Heidi T. Jacobe, M.D.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Assessment in Morphea for the Establishment of Non-cutaneous Disease (AMEND)

Emily M. Lambert, M.D.
University of Rochester Medical Center
Vulvar Graft-Versus-Host Disease

Arturo P. Saavedra-Lauzon, M.D., Ph.D.
Harvard University
Prognostic Value of Immunophenotyping Dermal Infiltrates in the Care of Adverse Drug Reactions

Amy J. Theos, M.D.
University of Alabama
Progression of Cutaneous Neurofibromas in Neurofibromatosis 1 and Relation to NF1 Mutations

Dermatopathology Research Grant

Whitney A. High, M.D., M.Eng.
University of Colorado, Denver
Characterization of Gadolinium and Other Metals in Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis

Research Grant

Jonathan L. Curry, M.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
The Role of p57Kip2 Signaling in Melanocytic Nevi and Cutaneous Melanoma

Francesco Del Galdo, M.D.
Thomas Jefferson University
From Gadolinium to Fibrosis: Role of Caveolin-1 in the Pathogenesis of NFD

Johann E. Gudjonsson, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Michigan
Biological Effects of Genetic Variation in the IL12B and IL23R Genes in Psoriasis

John E. Harris, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
In Vivo Imaging of Cellular Events in a Mouse Model of Autoimmune Vitiligo

Shi-Long Lu, M.D., Ph.D.
Oregon Health & Science University
TGFbeta and AKT Interplay in Skin Cancer

Brian Poligone, M.D., Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
NF Kappa B Activity in Skin Inflammation and Carcinogenesis

Ye Qian, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Allergic Response Associated IgG4 Autoantibodies and Their Pathogenicity in Autoimmune Skin Disease

Srikala Raghavan, Ph.D.
Columbia University
Integrity Matters: Integrins, Basement Membrane and Cell-Substratum Adhesion

Brian L. Swick, M.D.
University of Iowa
C-KIT and PDGFRA Expression and Mutations in Merkel Cell Carcinoma

Maria L. Wei, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
The Role of Melanosomes in Melanoma Chemoresistance

Program Development Grant

Karen E. Edison, M.D.
University of Missouri Medical Center
Determination of Skin Mechanics Using Digital Imaging

Scott W. Fosko, M.D.
St. Louis University School of Medicine
Research Expansion at Saint Louis University Department of Dermatology

Julian J. Trevino, M.D.
Wright State University
Immunodermatology Program Development Grant

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