SPD/PeDRA Funded Research

Listed below are recipients of SPD / PeDRA funded research projects from the last five years. Click here to learn more or apply for a research grant.

2017 Recipients - May Cycle:

Team Grant
Lisa Arkin, MD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine / American Family Children's Hospital
Retrospective cohort study of pediatric onset discoid lupus
Pilot Project Grant
Elena Hawryluk, MD, Harvard Medical School
Retrospective study of fatal pediatric melanoma cases
Pilot Project Grant
Megha Tollefson, MD, Mayo Clinic Department of Dermatology
Bone health in children with atopic dermatitis

2016 Recipients - December Cycle:

Team Grant
Michele Ramien, MD, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
North American Study of Pediatric Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis: Setting Diagnostic Criteria, Systematic Review and Retrospective Cohort Analysis Comparing Outcomes of Common Treatments
Team Grant
Esteban Fernandez Faith, MD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Retrospective Cohort Study of Ulcerated Hemangiomas
Pilot Project Grant
Kristen Hook, MD, University of Minnesota
Severity and Culture Status in Epidermolysis Bullosa with Bleach Baths versus Vinegar Baths
Pilot Project Grant
Carrie Coughlin, MD, Washington University
Characterizing the Micro Biome in Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant Patients

2016 Recipients - May Cycle:

Team Grant
Beth Drolet, MD, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Multi Center Phenotype-Genotype Analysis of Vascular Overgrowth Syndromes
Pilot Project Grant
Christine Lauren, MD, Columbia University
TADPOLES Study: Texting Atopic Dermatitis Patients to Omptimize Learning and EASI Scores
Pilot Project Grant
Christina Boull, MD, University of Minnesota
Cutaneous Findings in Fanconi Anemia and Patient Perceptions of Skin Changes

2015 Recipients:

William Weston Research Award
Nicole K. Brogden, PharmD, PhD & Heather Ciliberto, MD, University of Iowa
A Prospective Pilot Study to Define Epidermal Barrier Properties and Cytokine/Growth Factor Expression in Patients with Infantile Hemangiomas
Pilot Project Grant
Nicholas Nguyen, MD & Anna Bruckner, MD, University of Colorado
A Pilot Study Exploring the Efficacy and Safety of Topical Oxybutynin 3% Gel for Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis in Adolescents and Young Adults
Pilot Project Grant
Maria Teresa Garcia-Romero M.D., MPH, National Institute of Pediatrics - Mexico
Clinico-Pathological Correlation in Patients with Suspected Acute Graft-Versus-Host Disease
Pilot Project Grant
Sara Raimondi, PhD, Istituto Europeo di Oncologia - Italy
Role of Melanocortin-1 Receptor Variants in Childhood and Adolescent Melanoma

2014 Recipients:

William Weston Research Award
Amy Paller, MD & Lacey Kruse, MD, Northwestern University and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
A Prospective Study to Determine the Effect of Circadian Rhythm and Sleep Disruption on Neurocognitive Function and Disease Severity in Patients with Atopic Dermatitis
Pilot Project Grant
Kelly Cordoro, MD, University of California, San Francisco
Functional Characterization of the Inflammatory Infiltrate of Psoriasis in Children
Pilot Project Grant
Sharon Jacob, MD, Loma Linda University
National Assessment of Pediatric Contact Dermatitis Evaluations
Pilot Project Grant
Ingrid Polcari, MD, University of Minnesota
Intralesional Cidofovir for the Treatment of Recalcitrant Warts in the Pediatric Immune-suppressed Population


2013 Recipients:

William Weston Research Award
Maria Gnarra, MD, Catholic University – Italy
Analysis of endothelial cells/pericytes interaction in infantile haemangiomas
Pilot Project Grant
Michelle Bayer, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
Incidence of hypoglycemia in children receiving propranolol therapy for
infantile hemangioma

Pilot Project Grant
Jennifer Huang, MD, & Johanna Sheu, Boston Children's Hospital/
Harvard Medical School
Skin cancer in children after hematopoietic stem cell transplant: A pilot study
Pilot Project Grant
Christine Lauren, MD, Columbia University
Development of a topical antibiogram for staphylococcus aureus and other cutaneous isolates in pediatric patients with atopic dermatitis


2012 Recipients:

William Weston Research Award
Yvonne Chiu, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
Genetic mosaicism in linear morphea
Pilot Project Grant
Lisa Arkin, MD, Northwestern University
The natural history of pediatric chronic cutaneous lupus
Pilot Project Grant
Erin Mathes, MD, UCSF
A collaborative online educational intervention to address primary care physicians’ practice gaps in pediatric dermatology
Pilot Project Grant
Elena Pope, MD, Hospital for Sick Children - Toronto
Local temperatures as a marker of disease activity and progression in patients with morphea


2011 Recipients:

William Weston Research Award
Catalina Matiz, MD, Rady Children's Hospital, UC - San Diego
Characterization of Genotype, Virulence, and Microfloral Balance of CA-MRSA & CA-MSSA Strains Causing Infection in Children with Atopic Dermatitis versus Controls
Pilot Project Grant
Adrienne Hammill, MD, PhD, University of Cincinnati
Ontogeny and Quantitative Multimodal Skin Imaging of Infantile Hemangiomas


2010 Recipients:

William Weston Research Award
Irene Lara-Corrales, MD, Hospital for Sick Children
Vitamin D Deficiency in Pediatric Patients with Atopic Dermatitis and Psoriasis: Prevalence and Risk Factors
Pilot Project Grant (Co-recipients Vikash Oza, MD & Albert Yan, MD)
Vikash Oza, MD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
The Efficacy of Topical Beta-Blocker Therapy (Timoptic-XE 0.5% Gel Forming Solution) for the Treatment of Ulcerated Hemangioma
Pilot Project Grant (Co-recipients Vikash Oza, MD & Albert Yan, MD)
Albert Yan, MD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
The Efficacy of Topical Beta-Blocker Therapy (Timoptic-XE 0.5% Gel Forming Solution) for the Treatment of Ulcerated Hemangioma