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Fredric S. Brandt, MD, Innovations in Aesthetics Fellowship Fund

2018 Applications accepted until August 15, 2018. 

Fredric S. Brandt, MD(1)Funded by The Allergan Foundation in memory of ASDS member and cosmetic dermatology pioneer Fredric S. Brandt, MD, this fund promotes and supports the career development of junior cosmetic dermatologic surgeon-scientists focused on cosmetic treatments and patient care.

Up to $50,000 in grants will be awarded to selected Fellow(s) enrolled in an ASDS-accredited Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery (CDS) Fellowship Training Program in the 2018/2019 academic year.


ASDS members who have been accepted to an ASDS accredited Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery (CDS) Fellowship Training Program for 2018/2019 Fellowship Academic Year. The research topic must be clinically oriented to cosmetic treatments and patient care. Only multi-center studies will be considered. Click here for the current list of ASDS-approved CDS programsThe Principal Investigator must have written approval from his/her program to accept the grant prior to submitting the application (Letter of support from CDS Program Director) and must be the coordinating site for the multi-center research. 

Application Materials
  1. Completed and signed research grant application.
  2. Detailed proposed budget. (Detailed budget must be included for each participating site)
  3. Disclosures for Principal Investigator and any Co-investigator(s).
  4. Abbreviated curriculum vitae for the Principal Investigator.
  5. Bio-sketch of all Co-investigators.
  6. A letter of support from your CDS Fellowship Director.
  7. A letter of support from each participating research site.
  8. A 250-word layman statement of the proposed research, including research objectives and educational goals.
  9. A summary containing the following required components specific to the research project:
    • A detailed description of the hypothesis to be answered with support provided by the research grant. Figures and tables are encouraged.
    • The significance of the research to the field of dermatologic surgery.
    • A brief overview of prior related studies that have been published in the area of this research project.
    • A description of the experimental design, procedures and process of data analysis that will be used. Power calculations are required to estimate sample sizes.
    • Complete citations of all referenced literature.
Program Responsibility

The Fellowship Program Directors are responsible for overseeing the research. Research grant funds are awarded to fund direct costs related to the research and specific educational goals are disbursed in four installments to the Fellowship Program.


2017 Grant Winner

  • Sandeep S. Saluja, MD (MGH Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Center, Boston, MA): Comparison of Fractional Erbium-Doped 1550-nm laser and Bipolar Fractional Radiofrequency Microneedle Device For the Treatment of Atrophic Acne Scars in Ethnic Skin: A Randomized Split-Face Controlled Trial.
  • Mona Sadeghpour, MD, MHS (SkinCare Physicians, Chestnut Hill, MA): Low-fluence QS Nd:YAG Lasers in the Treatment of Melasma: A Prospective, Split-face, Randomized Controlled Study.


2016 Grant Winners

  • Omer Ibrahim, MD (SkinCare Physicians): Treatment of perioral rhytides using topical PLLA and fractionated CO2 laser. 
  • Yakir Levin, MD, PhD (Massachusetts General Hospital Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Center): Laser tattoo removal: Does the plume contain hazards and what safety measures are appropriate? 

2015 Grant Winner

  • Abigail Waldman, MD (McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University): Patient motivations and preferences regarding the decision to seek cosmetic dermatologic surgical procedures: A prospective multicenter study.


Graciously supported by:

The Allergan Foundation 

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