CDF has provided over $10 million in funding since our inception in 1969, with over 500 awards given.


2023 CDF Research Grant Recipients

Dr. Phillipe Lefrancois
Precision Oncology to Define Basal Cell Carcinoma with High-Risk Histopathological Subtypes
Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research
CIHR & George S. Williamson/ Winefride Raye Endowment Award – $100,000

Dr. Robert Gniadecki
Genomic Instability and Hypermutations in the Pathogenesis of Skin Fibrosis in Systemic Scleroderma
University of Alberta
CIHR & World Congress of Dermatology Endowment Award– $100,000

The top two grants were jointly funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).

Dr. Tashmeeta Ahad
Longitudinal Non-Invasive Optical Biopsy of Superficial Skin Cancers to Monitor Efficacy and Response to Treatment
University of British Columbia
Dr. Mercy Alexis Research Grant in Skin of Color Dermatology- $100,000 

The Dr. Mercy Alexis Research Grant in Skin of Colour is presented by CeraVe – L’Oreal Canada in partnership with the CDF. This is the inaugural awarding of this new grant.

Dr. Elena Netchiporouk
Investigating the Impact of the Environment on Systemic Sclerosis in Québec
McGill University Health Centre Research Institute
Edwin Brown Endowment Award  – $100,000

Dr. Haishan Zeng
Investigation of Skin Dynamic Response after Precise Multiphoton-Thermolysis Using Non-Invasive Multimodality Microscopy and Imaging-guided Micro-Raman Spectroscopy
University of British Columbia
Colin Ramsay Endowment Award – $50,000