Dermatology Foundation

What's New?
2017 DF Research Award Recipients Announced!
Click here for the list of 2017 Research Award recipients.
2017 Annual Leadership Gala
Sunday, March 5th, 2017, 7:30-9:00 PM
Orchid Garden,
Orlando, FL.
Pre-Gala Receiption
6:45-7:30 PM
for Young Leaders
Co-sponsored by Amgen and Valeant
Visit our booth at the 2017 AAD Annual Meeting
March 3-5, Booth #3310
DF Annual Meeting of Membership
Saturday, March 4, 2017
5:30-6:30 PM
DF Stiefel Awardee Aimee Payne, M.D., Ph.D., published in Science.
"Fighting autoimmunity with immune cells".
Colleagues share why DF is so important to the specialty
View video here.
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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.

Contributing to the DF is so much more than ‘giving back’ to our specialty to help jump-start the work of tomorrow’s highly talented new investigators. These young people will be contributing to the science of our specialty. That newly uncovered knowledge — an expanded understanding of diseases, better diagnostic tests, and new treatments — will be valuable to all of us who practice this great specialty.

Member giving is the key driver in the DF’s ability to further advancements in the specialty. If you are not a member or supporter of the Foundation, make this year your first — the specialty needs your help.

DF Stiefel Scholar Awardee Published in Science
Aimee Payne, M.D., Ph.D.
Aimee Payne, M.D., Ph.D.
Congratulations to Aimee Payne, M.D., Ph.D., a DF Stiefel Scholar Awardee, and her colleagues on their work featured in the July issue of Science. The article, "Fighting autoimmunity with immune cells," reflects the work that was partially made possible by Dr. Payne's highly competitive DF award.

Dr. Payne expresses her gratitude. "I am indebted to the Stiefels and the Dermatology Foundation for supporting the basic science research into mechanisms of disease in pemphigus that facilitated the translational work in this study. This is an example of how focused study of a rare but well-defined disease has the potential to identify novel strategies to treat many other autoimmune diseases."

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
1560 Sherman Avenue
Suite 500
Evanston, IL 60201-4808
Phone: (847) 328-2256
Fax: (847) 328-0509
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