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American Skin Association Announces 18 New Grants for Skin Cancer and Disease Research


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For more than 3 decades, the American Skin Association (ASA) and its affiliates have funded more than $50 million in grants to address the causes and treatments of melanoma, vitiligo, and psoriasis, as well as other skin diseases, and to search for cures. Recently, the American Skin Association continued its tradition of awarding research grants by funding 18 new grants for 2019.

The American Skin Association’s Medical Advisory Committee comprises leading physicians and scientists who oversee the annual grant review and award process. Through the Medical Advisory Committee’s leadership, the American Skin Association’s grant program has supported the work of nearly 300 investigators, ranging from young researchers in the early phases of their careers to leaders in the field of dermatology.

The American Skin Association provides special research awards to established investigators and medical students studying melanoma, nonmelanoma skin cancer, and other skin diseases. Through these grants, the American Skin Association has impacted both dermatology research and clinical care of dermatologic disease. In particular, American Skin Association–funded researchers have had an impact on melanoma research, improving understanding of its diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.

2019 Recipients

The following are the 2019 recipients of American Skin Association’s awards and grants:

  • Roger Lo, MD, PhD, of the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, has been granted the Abby S. and Howard P. Milstein Innovation Award for Melanoma/Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Research.
  • Neda Nikbakht, MD, PhD, of Thomas Jefferson University, is the recipient of the ASA Milstein Research Scholar Award in Melanoma/Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer.
  • Willy Hugo, PhD, of The Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles, has been granted the Daneen & Charles Stiefel Investigative Scientist Award for Melanoma Research.
  • Hao Chang, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, received the Daneen & Charles Stiefel Investigative Scientist Award for Melanoma Research.
  • John Harris, MD, PhD, of the University of Massachusetts, Worcester, received the ASA Research Scholar Award in Vitiligo/Pigment Cell Disorders.
  • Xiying Fan, PhD, of the University of Colorado, Denver, has been granted the ASA Research Scholar Award.
  • Markus Schober, PhD, of the New York University School of Medicine, received the ASA Research Grant for Skin Cancer and Melanoma.
  • Rupali Gund, PhD, of Columbia University Medical Center, received an ASA Research Grant forVitiligo and Pigment Cell Disorders.
  • Sarah Whitley, MD, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh, received an ASA Research Grant for Psoriasis/Inflammatory Skin Diseases.
  • Rebecca Hartman, MD, MPH, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has been awarded the ASA Research Grant for Quality of Life/Health Services/Outcome Studies.
  • Elena Bernardis, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania is the recipient of an ASA Research Grant for Childhood Skin Diseases/Disfigurement.

The following are the recipients of the ASA Hambrick Medical Student Grants Targeting Melanoma and Skin Cancer:

  • Zizi Yu, Harvard Medical School
  • Jamie Hu, Yale School of Medicine
  • Jihoon Lee, University of Washington
  • Kristina Navrazhina, Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Alicia Mizes, University of Pittsburgh
  • Catherine Baker, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Kevin Yang, University of Alabama at -Birmingham. 

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