2010 Research Grants Awarded


The Dr. Patricia Wexler Research Grant Award


A one-year, $10,000 grant, for a research project, “DNA Damage-Mediated Sirtuin 1 Inhibition as Novel Survival Mechanism in Skin Cancer” Arianna L. Kim, PhD, Herbert Living Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY.

A one-year, $10,000 grant, for a research project, "The Utility of Src-kinase Inhibitors in Preventing the Formation of Precancerous Lesions and Squamous Cell Carcinomas” John T. Seykora, MD Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Philadelphia, PA.

Funding for these Awards was provided by the Brown Foundation.


The Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf Research Award


A one-year, $10,000 grant, for a research project, “Delivery of Topical siRNAs for the Prevention and Treatment of Squamous Cell Carcinomas and other Skin Cancers” Thanh-Nga Trinh Tran, MD, PhD, Graduate Assistant, Department of Dermatology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charleston, MA.

Funding for this Award was provided by the Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf Research Award Society.


The Melissa K. Bambino Memorial Award


A one-year, $10,000 grant, for a research project, “Determining Benign or Malignant Behavior of Spitzoid Neoplasms Through Deep Molecular Profiling” Arlo Miller, MD, PhD, Resident in Dermatology, Mayo Clinic Rochester, New York.

Funding for this Award was provided by the Melissa K. Bambino Melanoma Foundation.


The Dr. Alfred W. Kopf Research Grant Award


A one-year, $10,000 grant, for a research project, “Role of Immune Modulation and Surveillance in Sentinel Lymph Node Positivity in Melanoma” Farbod Darvishian, MD, Assistant Professor of Pathology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY.

Funding for this Award was provided by the donors of The Skin Cancer Foundation.


The Live Love and Laugh Research Award


A one-year, $10,000 grant, for a research project, “Proteomic Characterization of Benign Melanocytic Lesions and Melanoma: A Pilot Study” Adar Berghoff, MD, Chief Resident Dermatology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA.

Funding for this Award was provided by Mindy Gorman.