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Cutting Edge Research Grant Program (CERG)


The Cutting Edge Research Grant Program is accepting applications in 2016 until July 1. Up to $100,000 in grants will be awarded in amounts up to $20,000 per recipient in order to stimulate a broad scope of research relevant to dermatologic surgeons and the dermatology specialty at large. Awards will be announced at the ASDS Annual Meeting, Nov. 10-13, 2016 in New Orleans.

Board-directed research

Be a part of advancing the specialty of dermatologic surgery! ASDS has taken a prospective approach to positively affecting the future of the specialty of dermatologic surgery in recommending research on Board-directed topics. The intended result of Board-directed research is data that will help promote dermatologic surgeons as innovators, foster public awareness of dermatologic surgeons as experts, support ASDS positions on patient safely and regulatory issues, etc. Evidence-based and comparative effectiveness research is called for as well. By facilitating research in specific areas, ASDS will be able to further position itself as a catalyst for key findings in dermatologic surgery, and you can play an integral role.


The ASDS Research Work Group encourages submission of well-conceived research projects that stimulate the advancement of the practice of dermatologic surgery, the invention of new technologies or research projects that document the outstanding and high volume work of dermatologic surgeons. ASDS members are specifically encouraged to submit proposals in the areas of depth of training, scope of practice, safety and efficacy as well as research with specific relevance in:

  • Cosmetic medicine and surgery
  • Core surgical procedures and techniques
  • Cutaneous oncology
  • New technologies

In addition, the ASDS Research Work Group is issuing a specific request for investigator research into evidence-based medicine, comparative effectiveness research, quality studies and patient safety studies.

Eligibility and Guidelines


This is a competitive award program for research projects.Multiple applications from the same institution/practice may be submitted; however, only one application per institution/practice may potentially be accepted.The principal investigator must be an ASDS member.The research topic must be clinically or socioeconomically oriented to dermatologic surgery. Download the Board-Directed research topics. Research must be conducted in the United States or Canada and with sponsorship by a department or division of dermatology or other independent dermatologic-related oversight group or organization.The applicant/principal investigator must be physically and intellectually capable of performing the work.The applicant/principal investigator must be sure his/her institution or grant administrator approves him/her to accept the grant prior to submitting the application  

The Cutting Edge Research Grant (CERG) program is supported by generous contributions to the ASDS Dermasurgery Advancement Fund by ASDS members and industry partners. 

For more information, contact ASDS at 847-956-0900. 

2015 CERG winners

Grant recipients for 2015 and their research projects include:

  • Jerry D. Brewer, MD (Mayo Clinical Research): A Phase II Randomized Controlled Trial of Educational Modification Sessions and Sunless Tanner as a Method of Reducing the Incidence of Tanning Bed Use in Young Adults.
  • Pooja Chitgopeker, MBChB (University of Iowa Department of Dermatology): 1550-nm Non-Ablative Laser (Fraxel) vs. Ablative 10,600-nm Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Fractional Laser in the Treatment of Surgical and Traumatic Scars: A Comparison Study on Efficacy, Treatment Regimen and Cost.*
  • Conroy Chow, MD (University of California, San Francisco): Prospective Evaluation of Complications in Dermatologic Surgery Associated with Hypertension.
  • Ian A. Maher, MD (Saint Louis University): Examining Body Image Concerns in Patients with Head and Neck Skin Cancer as well as Mohs Micrographic Surgery’s Role in Improving Body Image.
  • Emily Newsom, MD (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/Weill Cornell Medical College): Modernizing the Mohs Consultation: Instituting a Video Module for Improved Patient Counseling and Satisfaction.
  • Bichchau (Michelle) Thi Nguyen, MD (Tufts Medical Center): Preoperative Acetaminophen and Carbohydrate Loading to Reduce Pain and Improve Functional Status in Patients Undergoing Mohs Micrographic Surgery for Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers.*
  • Jill S. Waibel, MD (Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute): Repigmentation of Hypopigmentation: Fractional Laser vs. Laser Assisted Delivery of Bimatoprost vs. Novel Epidermal Melanocyte Harvesting System.*
  • Douglas Wu, MD (Cosmetic Laser Dermatology): A Randomized Evaluator-blind Trial Comparing Microfocused Ultrasound with Subsurface Monopolar Radiofrequency for Lifting and Tightening of the Neck.*
  • Ashley Wysong, MD (University of Southern California): Integration of Patient Satisfaction, Functional Status and Quality of Life in Determining Appropriateness of Skin Cancer Treatment in Elderly Patients.*
  • Yaohui Gloria Xu, MD, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Histologic Evaluation of Cutaneous SCC Debulk Specimens Prior to Mohs Micrographic Surgery and its Influence on SCC Staging.*

* denotes Board-directed research topics

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