Well over 100 researchers have received CDF grants advancing investigation into a wide range of skin diseases.

The independent Scientific Advisory Committee supervises the annual competition for CDF Research Grants, which range from $5,000 to $75,000. Applications are peer-reviewed against strict criteria to ensure that the science warrants funding.

Formal presentation of grants takes place at the Annual CDF Research Grants Awards Reception.


2017 Grant Deadline Monday February 27th


2016 CDF Research Grant Recipients


Dr. Ivan Litvinov

Employing Maraba MG1 and Modified Vaccinia Ankara (MVA) oncolytic viruses to target Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers (NMSCs) in patients

University of Ottawa

CDF – LEO Dermatology Research Grant – $50,000

CDF – Galderma Canada Research Grant – $25,000


Dr. Youwen Zhou

Interleukin 2 inducible T cell kinase (ITK) in the pathogenesis and therapeutic targeting of cutaneous T cell lymphoma

University of British Columbia

CDF – Janssen Canada Research Grant – $50,000

CDF – Colin Ramsay Endowment Fund Research Grant – $15,000


Dr. Peter Robin Hull

Causative Role of a Duplicated Enhancer in Keratolytic Winter Erythema

Dalhousie University

CDF – Pfizer Research Grant – $50,000


Dr. Gilles Joseph Lauzon

Characterization of microvesicles derived from melanoma cells

University of Calgary

CDF – World Congress of Dermatology Research Grant – $40,000


Dr. David Zloty

Defining the role of PD-L1 in basal cell carcinomas

University of British Columbia

CDF – AbbVie Research Grant – $25,000

CDF – La Roche-Posay Research Grant – $10,000

CDF Research Grant – $5,000


Dr. Haishan Zeng

Development of Stimulated Raman Scattering (SRS) Microscopy for Non-invasive Skin Imaging

University of British Columbia

CDF – Johnson & Johnson Professional Dermatology Research Grant – $25,000

CDF – Actelion Dermatology Research Grant – $10,000

CDF Research Grant – $3,000


Dr. Heidi Wat

The prognostic value of phosphohistone H3-derived mitotic rate in sentinel lymph node status, recurrence and survival in malignant melanoma

University of Alberta

CDF – Celgene Dermatology Research Grant – $25,000

Dr. George S. Williamson Research Grant (CDF) – $10,000



Dr. Tim K. Lee

Optical techniques for monitoring superficial neoplasms

University of British Columbia

CDF – Novartis Research Grant $25,000


Dr. Harvey Lui

Investigating the role of cutaneous blood vessels in development and pathogenesis of melasma: A non-invasive optical approach

University of British Columbia

CDF – Valeant Canada Dermatology Research Grant – $25,000


Dr. Jennifer Beecker

A multicentered retrospective analysis of the treatment of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome/Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis comparing cyclosporine to biologic therapy in adults (OATES Cohort Study)

University of Ottawa

CDF – Eli Lilly Research Grant$10,000

CDF Benefactor Life Members’ Research Grant $4,000


Dr. Mohammad Almohideb

Dermatology Assessment in Newly Diagnosed Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients Residing in Ontario, Canada: A population-based retrospective cohort study

University of Toronto

CDF – Edwin Brown Endowment Fund Research Grant $10,000

CDF Research Grant – $2,000


Dr. Denis Sasseville

Occupational contact dermatitis in the Canadian Aircraft Industry: A twenty five years retrospective study

McGill University

Winefride M.P. Raye Research Grant (CDF) – $10,000


Dr. Derek To

Comparing the efficacy of local anesthetics in patients undergoing Mohs surgery

University of Ottawa

CDF – Richard J. MacKay Endowment Fund Research Grant – $5,000

CDF Benefactor Life Members’ Research Grant $1,000


Dr. Yuliya Velykoredko

Remission following rituximab treatment in patients with pemphigus vulgaris

University of Toronto 

CDF Benefactor Life Members’ Research Grant – $5,000