Cutting Edge Research Grant Program (CERG)

Online Application will reopen in 2021.

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 awards up to $100,000 each year to stimulate research relevant to dermatologic surgery and/or cutaneous oncology.

2019 Cutting Edge Research Grant Winners

Recipient: Joseph Sobanko, MD

Institution: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Topic: Cost-analysis and shifting trends of melanoma surgery in different operative settings from 2008 to 2018

Recipient: Michael Renzi, MD

Institution: Cooper Dermatology
Topic: The Effect of Compression Therapy on Post-Operative Healing and Complication Rate in Dermatologic Surgery

Recipient: Monica Boen, MD

Institution: Cosmetic Laser Dermatology San Diego
Topic: A randomized clinical trial comparing the efficacy and safety of radiofrequency microneedling versus nonablative fractional 1550nm erbium:glass laser for the rejuvenation of the neck

Recipient: Maggie Chow, MD

Institution: University of California, San Diego
Topic: Genetic markers for metastatic cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck among patients with solid organ transplants

Cutting Edge Research Grant Program 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.