2015 Research Grants Awarded

Since the research grant program began in 1981, The Skin Cancer Foundation has awarded more than 150 research grants, totaling more than $1.5 million dollars. This year’s 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 were evaluated by the Foundation’s Research Grants Committee, and grants were awarded to projects based on their relevance to the Foundation’s mission of combating the skin cancer epidemic. The Research Grant Committee is comprised of Rhoda Alani, MD; Suephy Chen, MD, MS; Leonard H. Goldberg, MD; Susan M. Swetter, MD; and Committee Chairman David Polsky, MD, PhD. The Research Grant Awards Ceremony included award presentations by Dr. Leonard Goldberg, Dr. Polsky, Linda Nagel and Bob and Karen Trenner. 

The 2015 Research Grant Award Recipients:

The Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf Research Award Society for $25,000

"Reprogramming the Tumor Microenvironment to Treat Melanoma"

Awarded to Yuhang Zhang, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati

Funded by Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf

The Todd Nagel Memorial Award for $25,000

"Defining Novel Mechanisms of Genome Instability in Melanoma"

Awarded to Neil J. Ganem, MD, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Funded by The Todd Nagel Golf Open

The Skin Cancer Foundation Research Award for $25,000

"Tumor staging and outcomes of cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas in organ transplant recipients"

Awarded to Bichchau Michelle Nguyen, MD, Assistant Professor, Tufts Medical Center

Funded by committed Skin Cancer Foundation donors

The Skin Cancer Foundation Research Award for $15,000

"Measuring patient expectations and outcomes in patients with skin cancer: Field-testing of a new patient-reported outcome measure."

Awarded to Erica Lee, MD, Assisting Attending Physician, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Funded by committed Skin Cancer Foundation donors


The Ashley Trenner Research Grant Award for $10,000

"Sphingolipid Metabolism as a Novel Therapeutic Target in Skin Cancer"

Awarded to Linda Heffernan-Stroud, MD PhD, Dermatology Resident, Eastern Virginia Medical School

Funded by Bob and Karen Trenner