2018 Danby HSF Research Grant Funding Opportunities

July 21, 2017: The Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation (HSF) is seeking grant applications that encourage research into the disease hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). The goal is to stimulate the development of new research programs in the field of HS capable of competing for long-term funding from the National Institutes of Health or other agencies in the future.

If you would like to submit your proposal, please follow the instructions here: 2018-danby-hsf-research-grant-program.

Anticipated number of awards: 1-2 new grants may be awarded in 2018. Awards are contingent upon the availability of funds and the receipt of sufficiently meritorious applications.

Budget: Applicants may request up to $10,000 (direct costs only) per year.

2017 Danby Research Grant Winner: Amanda Nelson, PhD

Dr. Amanda Nelson was awarded the 2017 Danby Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation Research Grant, for a project entitled 3D Pan-Cellular Tissue Tomography to Identify Stem Cell Populations in Hidradenitis Suppurativa.The project period for the $10,000 award is from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.

Dr. Nelson, an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey PA, has had a long-standing interest in dermatology and skin biology. Dr. Nelson has published widely in high-impact journals, and is currently the recipient of a NIAMS 2016 K01 grant award to research TLR3 in skin homeostasis, injury and neoplasia.

Dr. Nelson’s laboratory is focused on understanding the cause and progression of HS. Her translational research expertise in in vivo and in vitro models of sebaceous glands, hair follicle biology, epithelial stem cells, and wound healing place her in an excellent position to address the pathophysiology of hidradenitis suppurativa.

As very little is understood about this disease, Dr. Nelson will use state-of-the-art 3D imaging technology to examine the skin architecture and skin appendages in HS skin to determine if there is a structural deficit within the skin of HS patients. In addition, Dr. Nelson will investigate the presence of aberrant skin stem cell populations in HS lesions that may contribute to the chronic nature of this disease.

The goal of the Danby HSF Research Grants is to stimulate the development of new research programs in the field of HS capable of competing for long-term funding from the NIH or other agencies in the future. The studies outlined in Dr. Nelson’s grant will serve as the preliminary data for future mechanistic, NIH NIAMS R01 proposals.