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ASDS Cutting Edge Research Grant Program (CERG) -2012

In 2012, up to $100,000 of grants will be awarded ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 per recipient. Awards will be announced at the ASDS Annual Meeting, October 11-14, 2012, in Atlanta, Georgia.


Research must be of specific relevance to dermatologic surgery and/or cutaneous oncology. This is a competitive award program for research projects not funded by other sources. This year, the ASDS Research Work Group has made a special request for investigator research into:

  • evidence-based medicine,
  • comparative efficacy research,
  • quality studies, and
  • patient safety studies.


The Cutting Edge Research Grant Program unites education and innovation to encourage and stimulate clinical research and the transfer of new technologies from the research settings to surgical practice. Since 2000, the ASDS has awarded over $940,000 in clinical research funding in surgical oncology, lasers, botulinum toxins, fillers, liposuction and other cosmetic procedures.


Award Descriptions

The ASDS Research Work Group encourages submission of well-conceived research projects which stimulate the advancement of the practice of dermatologic surgery, the invention of new technologies, or research projects which document the outstanding and high volume work of dermatologic surgeons.

Up to $100,000 in funding will be awarded by the ASDS Research Work Group ranging in amounts from $2,500 - $20,000. Grants will be selected based on meeting the eligibility requirements and qualifications. Additionally, the Research Work Group will use the following criteria in its determination of awards:

  • Importance to dermatologic surgery
  • Scientific validity
  • Protocol quality
  • Feasibility
  • Suitability of research environment

Monies will be distributed in three installments to the sponsoring institution. Institutions or practices may submit only one application for consideration; multiple applications will automatically be rejected. This is a competitive award program for research projects not funded by other sources. The applicant retains ownership of intellectual property resulting from the clinical research funded by the ASDS.


Eligibility, Guidelines and Application Materials

Research Tools and Resources

Supported by generous contributions to the ASDS Dermasurgery Advancement Fund by our members and industry partners, the Cutting Edge Research Grant (CERG) program has been a resounding success for our Society and members. In 2012, grants ranging from $2,500 - $20,000 will be awarded again in order to stimulate a broad scope of research relevant to dermatologic surgeons and the dermatology specialty at-large.

The deadline for the 2012 Cutting Edge Research Grant program is July 9, 2012.


Research Work Group
Jeffrey A. Klein, MD Chair
Leonard H. Goldberg, MD
David H. McDaniel, MD
Hayes B. Gladstone, MD
Jeffrey S. Orringer, MD
Suzan Obagi, MD
Khalilullah A. Khatri, MD
Edit B. Olasz, MD
Robert J. Sage, MD
Phillip M. Williford, MD


About the Society

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) was founded in 1970 to promote excellence in the subspecialty of dermatologic surgery and to foster the highest standards of patient care. The Society supports continuing education and training of its members, public information and community outreach programs relating to dermatologic surgery and this grant program.


For more information

Applicants with questions regarding the application process or the Cutting Edge Research Grant Program, in general, should contact the ASDS office.


Vanessa Spinnato

Education Programs Manager

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
5550 Meadowbrook Drive, Suite 120
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Phone: 847-956-9124

Fax: 847-956-0999
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