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Grant Recipients

The AARS offers dermatology residents, research fellows, and recent graduates the opportunity to apply for clinical research or mentorship grants. The AARS Grant Committee reviews each grant application and rates each within the following criteria: specific aims, significance, preliminary studies, organizational structure, and experimental design.

2016 Grant Recipients

Shehla Admani, MD

Shehla Admani, MD
University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California

Mentorship Grant

Click here to read about Dr. Admani's project.

Lauren C. Cook, MD

Lauren C. Cook, MD
Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine, Hershey, PA

Clinical Research Grant

Project title: Microbiome of Hidradenitis Suppurativa Lesions

Click here to read about Dr. Cook's project.

Natanel Jourabchi, MD

Natanel Jourabchi, MD
John Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, Baltimore, MD

Clinical Research Grant

Project title: Investigation of polymorphisms in the androgen receptor gene and clinical associations in patients with Hidradenitis suppurativa (Acne inversa)

Click here to read about Dr. Jourabchi's project.

Haley B. Naik, M.D., M.H.Sc.

Haley B. Naik, M.D., M.H.Sc.
University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Clinical Research Grant

Project title: Investigating the role of the Skin Microbiome in Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Click here to read about Dr. Naik's project.

Jason M. Rizzo, M.D., Ph.D.

Jason M. Rizzo, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Michigan, Department of Dermatology, Ann Arbor, MI

Clinical Research Grant

Project title: Gastrointestinal bacterial colonization in rosacea, a biomarker for aberrant innate immunity?

Click here to read about Dr. Rizzo's project.

Joanne Smucker, M.D.

Joanne Smucker, M.D.
Pennsylvania State University, School of Medicine, Hershey, PA

Clinical Research Grant

Project title: A retrospective analysis of systemic and topical agents in treatment of rosacea: investigating the reality of treating rosacea in the area of new therapies

Click here to read about Dr. Smucker's project.

2015 Grant Recipients

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Benjamin H. Kaffenberger, MD
Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio

Clinical Research Grant

Project title: A Low-Cost Alternative Automated Segmentation Acnes Recognition System (ARES) for Acne Image Analysis and Clinical Trial Scoring

Click here to read about Dr. Kaffenberger's project.

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Andrew Krakowski, MD
Rady Children’s Hospital and University of California, San Diego, California

Clinical Research Grant

Project title: A Pilot Program to Standardize Acne Data Collection through a Multicenter Electronic Health Platform

Click here to read about Dr. Krakowski's project.

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William Howard McCoy, IV, MD, PhD
Division of Dermatology Washington University St. Louis, Missouri

Clinical Research Grant

Project title: The Skin Microbiome Response to Systemic Isotretinoin Acne Therapy

Click here to read about Dr. McCoy's project.


2014 Grant Recipients

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Maryam Afshar, MD
University of California, San Diego

Clinical Research Grant

Project title: The Impact of Case-Based Education on Acne Guideline Knowledge and Implementation in Pediatricians and Pediatric Residents

Click here to read about Dr. Ashfar's project.

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Carrie C. Coughlin, MD
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Clinical Research Grant

Project title: The Preadolescent Acne Microbiome: Effects of Topical Therapy

Click here to read about Dr. Coughlin's project.

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Young H. Lee, MD
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Department of Dermatology

Clinical Research Grant

Project title: A Meta-Analysis of Laboratory Monitoring During Treatment with Isotretinoin

Click here to read about Dr. Lee's project.

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Jean-Phillip Okhovat, MD
University of California, Los Angeles; David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology

Mentorship Grant

Mentor: Kanade Shinkai, MD, PhD
University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology

Click here to read about Dr. Okhovat's project.

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Yang Yu
UCLA Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology

Clinical Research Grant

Project title: Variable Pathogenicity of Different Propionibacterium acnes Strains

Click here to read about Yang's project.


2013 Grant Recipients

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Rachel H. Gormley, MD
University of Pennsylvania, Department of Dermatology

Clinical Research Grant

Project title: The Acne Microbiome - The Effect of Doxycycline and Spironolactone Therapy on Microbial Flora in Acne Patients

Click here to read about Dr. Gormley's project.

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Joslyn Kirby, MD
Pennsylvania State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Dept. of Dermatology

Clinical Research Grant

Project title: A Retrospective Analysis of the Duration of Oral Antibiotic Therapy for the Treatment of Acne Among Adolescents: Investigating Practice Gaps and a Potential Cost-Savings

Click here to read about Dr. Kirby's project.

Barbara Rainer, MD
Johns Hopkins University, Dept. of Dermatology

Clinical Research Grant

Project title: Comparative Analysis of the Gut and Skin Microbiota in Patients with Moderate-to-Severe Acne in Response to Oral Antibiotics using Barcoded Pyrosequencing

Click here to read about Dr. Rainer's project.

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Raja Sivamani, MD
University of California, Davis, Davis Medical Center, Dept. of Dermatology

Mentorship Grant

Mentor: Diane Thiboutot, MD
Pennsylvania State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Click here to read about Dr. Sivamani's project.


2012 Grant Recipients

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Grace Kim, DO
Las Vegas, NV

Mentorship Grant

Mentor: Diane Thiboutot, MD
Pennsylvania State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Click here to read about Dr. Kim's project.

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Aslan Pirouz, MD
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dept. of Dermatology

Clinical Research Grant

Project title: The Role of NLRs Pathways in P. Acnes Induction of Innate Immune Response

Click here to read about Dr. Pirouz's project.

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Kim Quach, MD
Pennsylvania State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Dept. of Dermatology

Clinical Research Grant

Project title: Consumption of Dairy in Teenagers With and Without Acne

Click here to read about Dr. Quach's project.

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Ki-Young Suh, MD
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dept. of Dermatology

Clinical Research Grant

Project title: Mobile Device Application for Acne

Click here to read about Dr. Suh's project.

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Noori Kim, MD
Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Dept. of Dermatology

Clinical Research Grant

Project title: Linking the Inflammation of the Skin and Eye in Rosacea

Click here to read about Dr. Kim's project.


2011 Grant Recipients

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Jacquelyn Dosal, MD
University of Miami, Department of Dermatology

Clinical Research Grant

Study sponsor: Jonette Keri, MD, PhD, FAAD

Project title: Effect of Tetracyclines on the Development of Vascular Disease in Veterans with Acne or Rosacea

Click here to read about Dr. Dosal's project.

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Luis Garza, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology

Clinical Research Grant

Study sponsor: Sewon Kang, MD, FAAD

Project title: Effects of Antibiotics and Acne on the Skin Microbiome

Click here to read about Dr. Garza's project.

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Emmy Graber, MD
Boston University School of Medicine

Clinical Research Grant

Study sponsor: Diane Thiboutot, MD, FAAD

Project title: Patient and Parent Attitudes towards Isotretinoin: Both Before and After Treatment

Click here to read about Dr. Graber's project.

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Victoria Kuohung, MD
Tufts University/Boston University

Mentorship Grant

Mentor: Alan Shalita, MD
SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dept. of Dermatology

Click here to read about Dr. Kuohung's project.

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Laura Marinelli, PhD
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Division of Dermatology

Clinical Research Grant

Project title: Characterizing the Mechanisms of Lysis and Lysogeny in Propionibacterium acnes Bacteriophages

Click here to read about Dr. Marinelli's project.


2010 Grant Recipients

Anna L. Chein, MD
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Clinical Research Grant

Study sponsor: Sewon Kang, MD

Project title: The Role of Photo-induced Collagen Degeneration in the Development of Telangiectasias in Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea

Melanie Dispenza, MD
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Clinical Research Grant

Study sponsor: Diane Thiboutot, MD

Project title: Modulation of the Immune System by Isoretinoin in Acne Patients

Pranita Vemulapalli, BS
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Clinical Research Grant

Study sponsor: Iltefat Hamzavi, MD

Project title: Randomized Control Trial Comparing Efficacy of Antibiotic Therapy Alone Versus Antibiotic Therapy in Conjunction with Quadruple Pulse Therapy Using NdYag Laser in Treatment of Hidradentis Suppurativa