Cutting Edge Research Grant Program (CERG)

The 2021 online application period has closed.

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.


2021 Cutting Edge Research Grant Recipients

Mary L. Stevenson, MD

Institution: New York University Grossman School of Medicine; New York, NY
Topic: “Characterization of CD73 Expression in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma: A Novel BioMarker”

Olivia Lucero, MD

Institution: Oregon Health and Science University; Portland, OR
Topic: “The two faces of janus kinase inhibition: A comprehensive spatial transcriptomic analysis of the immune microenvironment and tumor biology of cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas arising during ruxolitinib therapy.”

Shreya Patel, MD

Institution: Boston University Medical Center; Boston, MA
Topic: “State regulations and growth of non-physician providers in dermatology” *

* Indicates board-directed topic

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.