Cutting Edge Research Grant Program (CERG)

2021 online applications will be accepted March 15 through June 30.

Supporting its mission to foster, support, develop and encourage investigative knowledge in dermatologic surgery, ASDS provides members with the tools and assistance they need to achieve the highest standards in clinical practice and patient care.

Uniting education and innovation in dermatologic surgery, the CERG program will award up to $60,000 this year to stimulate research relevant to dermatologic surgery and/or cutaneous oncology.

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2020 Cutting Edge Research Grant Recipients

Ashley Elsensohn, MD

Institution: University of California San Diego
Topic: Use of Preferentially Expressed Antigen in Melanoma (PRAME) immunohistochemistry for margin control of melanoma in-situ during Mohs micrographic surgery

Steven Barilla, MD

Institution: Northwell Health, Department of Dermatology
Topic: Patient Preferences Regarding Virtual Visits in Cutaneous Surgery in the era of COVID-19: A Patient-Centered Investigation from an Academic Dermatologic Surgery Practice

Additional Information and Previous Winners

- Board-directed research

ASDS has taken a proactive approach in positively affecting the future of the specialty of dermatologic surgery by recommending research on Board-directed topics. Board-directed research data is intended to help promote dermatologic surgeons as innovators, foster public awareness of dermatologic surgeons as experts, support ASDS positions on patient safely and regulatory issues, and more. 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.