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.

Two outstanding young investigators will be selected as recipients of the award, which is presented during the AAD's Annual Meeting.

Each winner will receive an engraved plaque and a $6,000 prize that is shared equally between the investigator and the dermatology department supporting the research efforts.

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2014.

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.

The four criteria for judging nominees are:

  • Originality of research concept.
  • Soundness of research design.
  • Quality/clarity of research report.
  • Perceived value of the research to dermatology.

Each criterion will be evaluated on a numerical, zero to five basis, with five being superior and 0 being well below average.

The total of the numerical rankings combined with the letters of recommendation will be used by the six physicians on the Awards Selection Panel to determine the winner.

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.

For further information, please call (847) 240-1724 or email Allen McMillen at


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

Applications for the Awards for Young Investigators in Dermatology are accepted directly from eligible dermatology residents, fellows, and dermatologists.  Eligibility and application requirements are as follows:

  1. Research must be initiated after medical school.
  2. Research must be initiated after PhD thesis work.
  3. Research must be completed by age 35 or within 7 years of completing a terminal degree.
  4. Research proposals are not eligible.
  5. The applicant must personally complete all sections of the application except the letter of recommendation.
  6. The application must clearly articulate the problem, strategy of attack, results, conclusion, and statement of significance to the general dermatology community.
  7. Published papers may be submitted.

Candidates must apply through the online submission process. Before submitting your application, please have the following materials available to upload:

  • A two-page, narrative description of your research, including appropriate reference list.
  • A letter of recommendation from your department head or faculty advisor.
  • A brief, one-page description of the residency program or dermatology department that supported your research efforts.
  • Your abbreviated curriculum vitae (not to exceed four pages).