ASDS Awards Eight Research Grants

ASDS Grant Recipients 2019

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) awarded eight research grants during its annual meeting in Chicago in October.

New in 2019, the Jumpstart Research Seed Grant Program provides research investigators a chance to define objectives, test hypotheses and provide a better idea of feasibility and directionality of research before applying for additional funds from ASDS or other external sources. The 2019 Jumpstart Research Seed Grant recipients are:

  • Spencer Bezalel, MD, of the Mayo Clinic for “Evaluation of noninvasive nonthermal irreversible electroporation on cutaneous tissue”
  • Jigar Patel, MD, of Duke University for “Evaluation of the accuracy of computer-guided laser delivery versus a human-operator for cutaneous applications”
  • Wesley Yu, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco for “Mechanisms of Immune Tolerance: HPV, the PD-1/PD-L1 Pathway, and Squamous Cell Carcinoma”

The Cutting Edge Research Grant Program was introduced in 1999 with the goal of uniting education and innovation to encourage clinical research and the transfer of new technologies into the surgical practice setting. It also supports ASDS Board-directed research including topics surrounding Mohs surgery for skin cancer and patient satisfaction. The four Cutting Edge Research Grant recipients are:

  • Monica Boen, MD, of Cosmetic Laser Dermatology for “A randomized clinical trial comparing the efficacy and safety of radiofrequency microneedling versus nonablative fractional 1,550nm erbium:glass laser for the rejuvenation of the neck”
  • Maggie Chow, MD, of the University of California, San Diego for “Genetic markers for metastatic cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck among patients with solid organ transplants”
  • Michael Renzi, MD, of Cooper Dermatology for “The Effect of Compression Therapy on Post-Operative Healing and Complication Rate in Dermatologic Surgery”
  • Joseph Sobanko, MD, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for “Cost-analysis and shifting trends of melanoma surgery in different operative settings from 2008 to 2018”

Established in 2015 and supported by the Allergan Foundation, the Fredric S. Brandt, MD, Innovations in Aesthetics Fellowship Fund continues the legacy of its namesake cosmetic dermatologist by promoting and supporting the career development of junior cosmetic dermatologic surgeons focused on cosmetic treatments and patient care. Recipients must be enrolled in an ASDS-accredited Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Training Program. Hyemin Pomerantz, MD, of the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, is the sole recipient in 2019 for her research project, “Comparison of energy-based devices in the treatment of atrophic acne scars utilizing objective measurement with a new 3D imaging system.”

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