"Dermatology remains one of the most underfunded areas of medicine," said Howard P. Milstein, ASA chairman. "We believe these important grants in support of cutting-edge dermatological research will improve the chances of finding long sought-after cures and bring hope to many suffering patients."
ASA provides significant special research awards to established investigators and medical students studying melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancer and skin diseases. Through these grants, ASA has promoted the early careers of many gifted young investigators and has had a profound impact both on dermatology research and clinical care of dermatologic disease. In particular, ASA-funded researchers have had a broad impact on melanoma research, improving our understanding of its diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. With an exclusive focus on skin disease research, ASA has helped open new frontiers in skin science, producing results that can change how we understand and treat skin disease.
Among the recipients of the 2020 Investigative Scientist Award, Research Scholar Awards, Research Grants, and Medical Student Grants are:
ASA Milstein Research Scholar Award in Atopic Dermatitis
Benjamin Ungar, MD
Icahn School of Medicine
The Relationship Between the Skin Microbiome and Immune and Barrier Dysregulation in Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis Patients
ASA Calder Research Scholar Award in Vitiligo/Pigment Cell Disorders
Indermeet Kohli, PhD
Henry Ford Health System
Visible Light and Ultraviolet A1 for Vitiligo Phototherapy
ASA Melly Family Research Grant in Psoriasis/Inflammatory Skin Disease
Prashiela Manga, PhD
New York School of Medicine
Investigation of Post Inflammatory Hyper Pigmentation
ASA J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation Medical Student Grants Targeting Melanoma and Skin Cancer Research
Pennsylvania State College of Medicine
Defining Aire Function in UV-Induced DNA Damage Response and Early Stage Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
Thirteen grants were awarded in total.
Further, ASA has also renewed its support for SPOTS (Sun Protection Outreach Teaching by Students), a public health outreach educational program taught by medical school students and aimed at middle and high school teens. Now in its second year of a three-year grant commitment, ASA's funding has allowed the SPOTS program to increase its outreach to schools in the St. Louis area, create a seamless onboarding process for participants, and develop a new website. SPOT's team of academic dermatologists aim to teach students about early detection of skin cancer and smart prevention measures in hopes that increasing their knowledge and positively impacting their behaviors and attitudes about sun protection.