Young Investigator Awards

Each year the Academy recognizes outstanding basic, translational, and clinical research by young dermatology investigators in the United States and Canada through the AAD Young Investigator Awards. The purpose of the award is to acknowledge significant research advances in the science and practice of dermatology by those beginning their research careers and who demonstrate the potential to become established, independently-funded investigators in dermatology. 

Award: The Academy offers a basic/translational research award track and a clinical research award track. Up to two basic/translational researchers and one clinical researcher will be selected as the recipients of the awards. Each recipient will receive a $4,000 prize and be recognized with an engraved plaque during the Academy’s Annual Meeting.

Criteria

  • Applicant must hold DO, MD, or MD/PhD degrees.
  • Applicant must be a participant in or have completed a US or Canadian dermatology residency program accredited by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or the Professional Corporation of Physicians of Quebec.
  • For MD and DO applicants, submitted research must be initiated after medical school.
  • For MD/PhD applicants, submitted research must be initiated after PhD thesis work.
  • Submitted research must be completed; proposals or research in progress are not eligible.
  • Submitted research must be completed by age 40 and within eight years of completing a terminal degree.
  • Applicants may be granted an extension of up to two years for the completion of this research due to: 1) birth, adoption, or rearing of a child or children; or 2) personal/family medical issues.  
  • Submitted research must be submitted for publication, in press, or published.

To be considered for the 2018 application cycle, submit your application by September 30, 2017. Applications submitted after September 30 will be considered for the following year’s cycle.

Apply

  • Application materials
    • The applicant must personally complete all sections of the application except the letter of recommendation.
    • The application must clearly articulate the research problem, strategy of attack, results, conclusion, and statement of significance to the general dermatology community.
    • CV should include publication history, scientific presentations, research achievements, and prior recognition of work (awards and funding).
    • One additional letter of recommendation may be submitted as a supplemental attachment.
    • Additional material related to the submitted research may be submitted as a supplemental attachment(s), including (if applicable) a letter from the applicant attesting to the reason(s) for a time extension for submitted research.
  • Selection process

    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 the narrative research description
    4. Perceived value of the research to dermatology 
    5. Quality and strength of publications
    6. Overall assessment of applicant
      1. Likelihood of becoming an established, independently-funded investigator in dermatology
      2. Quality and strength of research achievements
      3. Prior recognition of work (awards and funding)

    Recent awardees have a track record of scholarship reflected by publications in clinical and research-focused journals, presentations at academic meetings, and application for research grants. Most have received independent or mentored research funding in the form of career development or other awards. Successful applicants have developed research programs which poise the investigator to become an independent leader in the field.

    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.

  • Questions
    Contact Allen McMillen at amcmillen@aad.org or (847) 240-1724.
  • Past recipients
    2017
    Christopher Bunick, MD, PhD
    Oscar Colegio, MD, PhD
     
    2016

    Tiffany Scharschmidt, MD
    Jaehyak Choi, MD, PhD

    2015
    John Harris, MD, PhD
    Ali Jabbari, MD, PhD

    2014
    Thomas Leung, MD, PhD
    Brian Kim, MD

    2013
    Shadmehr "Shawn" Demehri, MD, PhD
    Richard Wang, MD, PhD

    2012
    Raymond Cho, MD, PhD
    Niroshana Anandasabapathy, MD, PhD

    2011
    Keith Choate, MD, PhD
    Emma Guttman, MD, PhD

    2010
    Kevin Wang , MD, PhD

    2009
    Emanual Maverakis, MD

    2008
    David Wong, MD, PhD
    Lu Le, M.D., PhD
    Kurt Lu, MD

    2007
    Johann Eli Gudjonsson, MD, PhD
    Julie V. Schaffer, MD, FAAD

    2006
    Aimee S. Payne, MD
    David H. Chu, MD, PhD

    2005
    Luis A. Garza, MD, PhD
    David J. Kouba, MD
    2004
    Rochelle Mandelcorn-Monson, MD
    Jennifer T. Trent, MD