"We are delighted to support these scientists as they continue important research that can make a positive difference in the lives of the 80 million Americans living with skin disorders," said George W. Hambrick, Jr., M.D., Founder and President, American Skin Association. "Their work supports the mission of the ASA to save lives and alleviate human suffering caused by the full spectrum of skin disorders."
More than one in three Americans suffer from skin disorders, which strike people of all ages, all races, all economic levels and both sexes. Many skin disorders, including severe burns and cancers, can be fatal. Skin cancer, which accounts for half of all new cancer diagnoses, is now the fastest-rising form of cancer. On an annual basis, skin disorders of all kinds cost the nation more than $37 billion in medical treatment and lost worker productivity.
"Rates of melanoma are on the rise and the disease is as deadly as it has ever been," commented Howard P. Milstein, Chairman of the American Skin Association. "The research supported by the ASA can lead to breakthrough treatments for melanoma and other serious skin disorders."
The $50,000 awards were presented to the following investigators for work in their areas of interest:
The Awards are supported by donations to the ASA from Abby S. and Howard P. Milstein, Edward L. Milstein, The Carson Family Charitable Trust Fund, and Karen and David Mandelbaum. The winners were selected by ASA's Medical and Scientific Committee, which includes leading researchers and clinicians in dermatology at research centers and major health care institutions throughout the U.S.
Through its national grants and awards program, the ASA has distributed nearly $5 million in awards, grants, laboratories and professorships throughout the country. Past award winners have come from the fields of gene therapy for malignant melanoma, inflammation of the skin, skin cancer, childhood disease and stem cell research, among other areas. ASA also helps raise awareness of the need for additional funding for skin disease research, which today remains among the National Institutes of Health's lowest funding priorities.
About the American Skin Association
With headquarters in New York City, the American Skin Association, founded in 1987, is a volunteer-led health organization dedicated--through research, education and advocacy--to saving lives and alleviating human suffering caused by the full spectrum of skin disorders and cancers.
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