Dermatology Foundation

What's New?
2019 Stiefel Scholar Award
Applications now accepted through September 17.
Call for Nominations
Nominate your peers for the Clark W. Finnerud or Practitioner of the Year Award. Submission due August 31st.
Congratulations to the 2018 DF Research Award Recipients!
Click here for the list of 2018 Research Award recipients.
Visit the DF Contribution Center
Pay your dues online. The DF accepts Visa, Master Card, and American Express.
Save the Date
The 2019 DF Clinical Symposia is scheduled for January 30 - February 3 in Naples, FL.
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 DF President:
Kim B. Yancey, M.D.
Kim B. Yancey, M.D.

I would like to extend my deep appreciation to the many DF members, societies and industry supporters who gave generously to the Dermatology Foundation over the past year. Your contributions made it possible for the DF to award $2.6 million in critically needed funding for 2018. With your help, the Foundation invested in 58 research projects that have the strong potential to transform novel ideas into a greater understanding of dermatologic conditions and new treatments in our field.

As we continue our annual fundraising efforts, I cannot think of a time in the history of the Foundation when the participation of the full dermatologic community was more important. While adequate research funding remains a significant and ongoing challenge for the specialty, the opportunities for medical advances are tremendous. When you give to the DF, you sponsor innovative research. When we all give, we can profoundly change the practice of dermatology and improve the lives of patients everywhere.

This year, join me or renew your support, and help shape the future of dermatology.

Thank you and kindest regards,

Kim B. Yancey, M.D.

Stiefel Scholar Awardee Published in Cell
Chung-Ping Liao, PhD, Assistant Instructor of Dermatology at UT Southwestern
Michael D. Rosenblum, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
University of California, San Francisco

Michael D. Rosenblum, MD, PhD, recently published convention-shattering research illuminating the autoimmune pathophysiology of alopecia areata in the reputable publication, Cell. Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Rosenblum shares the impact DF funding has had on his career:

“Establishing yourself as an independent investigator is one of the hardest things to do as a physician-scientist. My DF research fellowship and career development award enabled me to have a fighting chance. Then the Stiefel Scholar Award enabled me to take our research to this next level.”

DF Career Development Awardees Make Hair Graying and Growth Discovery
Lu Q. Le, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Dermatology with the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at UT Southwestern
Lu Q. Le, MD, PhD,
Associate Professor
of Dermatology
UT Southwestern
Chung-Ping Liao, PhD, Assistant Instructor of Dermatology at UT Southwestern
Chung-Ping Liao, PhD,
Assistant Instructor
of Dermatology
UT Southwestern

Lu Q. Le, MD, PhD, and his researchers at UT Southwestern uncovered the cause of gray and balding hair.

The highly publicized discovery was featured on the April 2017 cover of Genes & Development and several lay publications. Chung-Ping Liao, PhD, first author, and Dr. Lu Le are current and past DF career development awardees (respectively).

Read the full article here: Identification of hair shaft progenitors that create a niche for hair pigmentation.




Founded in 1964

Executive Committee
Kim B. Yancey, 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:
Yvonne E. Chiu, M.D.
George Cotsarelis, M.D.
Janet A. Fairley, M.D.
Sewon Kang, M.D.
Renée J. Mathur, M.D.
Kishwer S. Nehal, M.D.
Seth J. Orlow, M.D., Ph.D.
John T. Seykora, M.D., Ph.D.
Michael D. Tharp, M.D.
John J. Voorhees, M.D. FRCP
Jonathan S. Weiss, M.D.
Executive Staff
Sandra Rahn Benz
Executive Director
Christine M. Boris
Deputy Executive Director
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