Young Investigator Awards

The AAD Awards for Young Investigators in Dermatology recognize outstanding basic and clinical/translational research by young dermatology investigators in the United States and Canada, and the dermatology departments that support their efforts. The purpose of the award is to acknowledge research contributions that further the improvement of diagnosis and therapeutics in the practice and science of dermatology.

Award: Two young investigators will receive a $6,000 prize to be shared equally between the investigator and the dermatology department supporting the research efforts. The award recipients will also be presented with an engraved plaque at the Academy's Annual Meeting.


  • Eligible dermatology residents, fellows, and dermatologists may apply.
  • Research must be initiated after medical school.
  • Research must be initiated after PhD thesis work.
  • Research must be completed by age 35 or within 7 years of completing a terminal degree.
  • Research proposals are not eligible.
  • The application must clearly articulate the problem, strategy of attack, results, conclusion, and statement of significance to the general dermatology community.
    Published papers may be submitted.

Application materials

  • Two-page narrative description of your research, including appropriate reference list.
  • Letter of recommendation from your department head or faculty advisor.
  • Brief one-page description of the residency program or dermatology department that supported your research efforts.
  • Abbreviated curriculum vitae (not to exceed four pages).



The awards selection panel includes representatives from the Council on Science and Research; the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology; the Association of Professors of Dermatology; the Society for Investigative Dermatology; an AAD member-at-large; and a resident in dermatology or past winner.

Nominees will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Originality of research concept
  2. Soundness of research design
  3. Quality/clarity of research report
  4. Perceived value of the research to dermatology

If external collaborators or sources of external funding represent any perceived or actual conflict of interest with the AAD and its mission, the AAD reserves the right to exclude the applicant from consideration.


To be considered for the 2015 application cycle, submit your application by Oct. 15, 2015. Applications submitted after October 15 will be considered for the following year’s cycle.

For questions or more information, contact Allen McMillen at or (847) 240-1724.




Thomas Leung, MD, PhD
Brian Kim, MD


Shadmehr "Shawn" Demehri, MD, PhD
Richard Wang, MD, PhD


Raymond Cho, MD, PhD
Niroshana Anandasabapathy, MD, PhD


Keith Choate, MD, PhD
Emma Guttman, MD, PhD



Kevin Wang , MD, PhD


Emanual Maverakis, MD


David Wong, MD, PhD
Lu Le, M.D., PhD
Kurt Lu, MD


Johann Eli Gudjonsson, MD, PhD
Julie V. Schaffer, MD, FAAD


Aimee S. Payne, MD
David H. Chu, MD, PhD


Luis A. Garza, MD, PhD
David J. Kouba, MD


Rochelle Mandelcorn-Monson, MD
Jennifer T. Trent, MD