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Research Center

Welcome to the Research Center of the Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. There are several opportunities for members to apply for funding to further their education in the area of research or to receive financial support to conduct research.

In addition to the Leslie Bernstein Grants Program and the existing Awards program, the Foundation has establish a series of Clinical Research funding opportunities to encourage members to become involved in research to benefit the specialty of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. These include a Research Scholar Award, the AAFPRS Clinical Investigation Award and the AAFPRS Clinical Research Scholarship. 

To learn more about the Foundation's grant and scholarship opportunities, please visit the AAFPRS Foundation/Research Center site, click here.

Research Updates

2019 Grant and Scholarship Recipients

Leslie Bernstein Grants

The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is pleased to announce this year’s awardees for the Bernstein Grant Program. The Leslie Bernstein Grants Program is generously funded by an endowment from Leslie Bernstein, MD, DDS. The program is coordinated by the Research Committee of the Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts (C.O.R.E.). There are three grants available through the program:

  1. The Bernstein Grant .The purpose of the grant is to encourage original research projects which will advance facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. A $25,000 grant may be awarded annually to an Academy Member. Grants may be used as seed money for research projects.
  2. The Investigator Development Grant. The purpose of the Investigator Development Grant is to support the work of a young faculty member in facial plastic surgery conducting significant clinical or laboratory research and involved in the training of resident surgeons in research. One $15,000 grant may be awarded each year.
  3. Resident Research Grant. The purpose of the Resident Research Grant is to stimulate resident research in projects that are well-conceived and scientifically valid. The resident grant is a $5,000 award given to residents who are AAFPRS members.

This year the Foundation is presenting one individual with the Resident Research Grant. He will be acknowledged at the 2019 Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA in October.

Adeeb Derakhshan, MD – Dr. Derakhshan is a resident at the Regents of the University of Michigan. His research project is titled “The Effect of Electrical Stimulation on Schwann Cell States Along Nerve Grafts”

Research Center Grants

The Foundation is pleased to announce the awardees of the 2019 Research Center Awards.The Many Faces of Generosity campaign provided funding to expand the research efforts among its members and as such has established two grants and a scholarship.

  1. TheResearch Scholar Award isa $30,000 grant presented annually and renewable for an additional two years. It is given to the candidates that demonstrate the potential to make a significant contribution to the profession of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and will make meaningful contributions to the field.
  2. The Clinical Research Scholarship is a $15,000 contribution intended to provide financial support to AAFPRS members to pursue academic training in the principles of clinical research design, data management, statistical analysis, and manuscript and grant preparation. 
  3. The Wally K. Dyer Clinical Investigation Award is presented for smaller projects to be awarded to those surgeons who don’t normally participate in research projects but have smaller, meaningful projects that could contribute to facial plastic surgery. These grants are meant to foster continued contribution from members to the field of facial plastic surgery. A grant of $2,500 is available. 

This year Dr. Nate Jowett is receiving the Research Scholar Award for his project Facial EMG for Neuroprosthetic Device Control in Facial Palsy.”

To learn more about any of the Research Center opportunities or the Bernstein Program, contact Karen Sloat, Senior Project Consultant, or 703-650-9226