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Press Release

September 17, 2008

Joyce Weidler, Managing Director
American Skin Association

American Skin Association (ASA) Announces Peter Bentley/National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Service Awards (NRSA); Seeks to Advance Postdoctoral Education in Skin Disease

New York, September 17 - American Skin Association (ASA) announced today the Peter Bentley/National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Service Awards in honor of ASA's founder and first chairman, Peter Bentley IV (1915-2008).

The National Research Service Awards provide two years of advanced postdoctoral education in Epidemiology, Clinical Trials, and Outcomes Research in Skin Diseases. Eligible recipients are physicians or scientists in their third year of residency or higher and are working towards Masters or Doctorate degrees in these areas. Each receives an award of $90,000 per year for two years.

The current National Research Service Awards are being presented to Rahat S. Azfar, M.D. and Lisa H. Williams, M.D. Dr. Azfar is a Dermatoepidemiology Fellow at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and is studying the risk of diabetes and poor diabetic control in psoriasis. Dr. Williams is an Acting Instructor at University of Washington's Division of Dermatology in Seattle and is focused on depression, foot ulcer, and incident amputation in veterans with diabetes.


Founded by volunteers in 1987, American Skin Association (ASA) is dedicated to saving lives and alleviating human suffering caused by the full spectrum of skin disorders and cancer through research, education and prevention programs. ASA supports urgently needed research, expands public knowledge and understanding of skin's vital role in maintaining good health, and raises awareness about the often-devastating impact of skin conditions. ASA has sponsored the groundbreaking studies of 150 scientists, advancing research into the cause, diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders. ASA's award-winning skin health education program, The Wonders of Skin, has also provided vital lessons aimed at preventing skin disease and promoting early intervention to three million children in almost 2,000 schools across the U.S.