2013 Research Grants Awarded

In 2013, five grants were awarded to fund pilot research projects on skin cancer detection and treatment, including three $25,000 grants. Proposals submitted by dermatology residents, fellows and young faculty are evaluated by the Foundation’s Research Grants Committee, and grants are awarded to projects based on their relevance to the Foundation’s mission of combating the skin cancer epidemic.

The Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf Research Grant Award │$25,000

Presented by Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf

“A non-randomized controlled trial of sentinel lymph node biopsy for high-risk cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma”

Chrysalyne D. Schmults, MD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, Jamaica Plain, MA

Funding for this award was made possible by Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf.

The Dr. Alfred W. Kopf Research Grant Award│$25,000

Presented by David Polsky, MD, PhD

“Characterizing incidence, risk factors, and prognosis of skin cancer in hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients”

Peggy Wu, MD, Instructor, Dermatology Department, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Training Program, Boston, MA

Funding for this award was made possible by committed Skin Cancer Foundation donors.

The Melissa K. Bambino Memorial Award│$25,000

Presented by Leonard H. Goldberg, MD

“Keratoacanthoma: whole exome sequencing for gene discovery of relevant mutations for tumor regression”

Christine J. Ko, MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology and Pathology, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Funding for this award was made possible by The Melissa K. Bambino Melanoma Foundation.

The Todd Nagel Memorial Award│$15,000

Presented by Mrs. Linda Nagel

“The role of autophagy in melanoma and the development of melanoma drug resistance”

Joshua Arbesman, MD, dermatology resident, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Funding for this award was made possible by The Todd Nagel Golf Open.

The Paul Silberberg Memorial Award│$10,000

Presented by Mrs. Paul Silberberg

“Examining the molecular pathogenesis of high-risk and low-risk cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma” Philip Scumpia, MD, PhD, dermatology resident and postdoctoral fellow, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Funding for this award was made possible by The Skin Cancer Foundation’s A Night the Stars Shine On event.