American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Clinical Research Center

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) has established a Clinical Research Center that will educate surgeons on the process of conducting quality research while providing funding to complete the essential research that will meet the needs of the specialty.

This includes providing to members academic training in the principles of clinical and basic science research design, research management and statistical analysis as well as expanding capacity to conduct clinical and basic science research to provide scientifically based evidence to support treatment decisions and recommendations. The goal is for the Educational and Research Foundation for the AAFPS to provide a world class Research Center for members and industry to collaborate while discovering opportunities to improve patient care.

In addition, AAFPRS leadership feels there is value in exploring the viability of a separate entity as an arm of the Academy whereby independent research can be conducted with results being made available via the Educational Portal and through a Research Forum sponsored by the Academy.

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 established 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.

Sam Most, MD, Committee Chair, Lisa Ishii, MD, Chair of the Clinical Research Trials and Training sub-committee, and Benjamin Marcus, MD, Chair of the Academic Awards and Grants sub-committee are pleased to announce awardee of the first Research Scholar Award.

The Many Faces of Generosity campaign provided funding to expand the research efforts among its members and as such has established a Research Scholar Award intended to provide financial support to AAFPRS members who are planning to conduct research that will make a significant contribution to the profession of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. It is the intent of the Foundation and the Academy to expand clinical and basic science research to provide high quality evidence to identify best practice.

Each award is for $30,000 per year. In addition, an individual may receive the grant for a second and third year after submission of a progress report and subsequent approval by the Research Center Committee.

Jon-Paul Pepper, MD is the Foundation’s recipient of the first awarded Research Scholar Award. Dr. Pepper is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California-Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, CA. His project “Peripheral Nerve Grafts Engineered from Mature Human Fibroblasts” is a two year, in vitro study that seeks to engineer a viable nerve graft from mature human skin fibroblasts through the use of induced pluripotent stem cells with specific aims to:

  1. Produce motor neurons derived from human fibroblasts
  2. Produce functional human Schwann cells derived from human fibroblasts via an intermediary induced pluripotent stem cell, and characterize myelin production
  3. Demonstrate that fibroblast-derived motor neurons, Schwann cells, and mature fibroblasts can be cultured and matured in type I collagen sheaths for transplantation.


Jon-Paul Pepper, MD

Earlier this year it was announced that the recipient of the AAFPRS Clinical Investigation Award was Travis T. Tollefson, MD to support his research project “The Impact of Secondary Speech Surgery on Children with Cleft Palate: A Quality of Life Assessment.” In addition, the recipient of the first Facial Plastics Clinical Research Scholarship was David A. Shaye, MD. Dr. Shaye is seeking his degree through the Harvard School of Public Health with an ultimate goal of applying the skills to the field of global surgery research.


David A. Shaye, MD

Travis T. Tollefson, MD

Please join us in Orlando at the Grants and Awards presentation at the 2014 Fall Meeting this September 18 – 21 to acknowledge and congratulate these individuals.

The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Research Scholar Award

The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has established a Research Scholar Award intended to provide financial support to AAFPRS members who are planning to conduct research that will make a significant contribution to the profession of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. It is the intent of the Foundation and the Academy to expand clinical and basic science research to provide high quality evidence to identify best practice.

Available Awards

Each award will be for $30,000 per year. More than one grant per year may be awarded based on the approved annual budget for the Research Center. In addition, an individual may receive the grant for a second and third year after submission of a progress report and subsequent approval by the Research Center Committee. Recipients will be notified by July 1 of the award year.

Eligibility

An applicant must be an AAFPRS member and must demonstrate an interest in furthering the profession through research. Fellows and Residents are not eligible to apply. The research must be original and have direct application to facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Terms

Applicants must submit their Letter of Intent by December 15, 2014 and their proposal by January 15, 2015 for review by CORE and the AAFPRS Foundation’s Research Committee. Grants may be used as seed money for research projects. The recipient should complete his or her work within three (3) years with interim reports due each year. An extension of time is possible upon written request to the Research Committee.

Application Submission and Deadline

The Research Scholar Award is coordinated by the AAFPRS Research Center Committee of the Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts (CORE).

All applicants must submit a Letter of Intent online no later than midnight Eastern Standard Time December 15, 2014. The letter of intent includes the title of the project, the principal investigator, and an abstract of the work. This will facilitate planning review requirements. See the proposalCENTRAL™ website (https://proposalcentral.altum.com) to begin the letter of intent process.

Applications are in a similar format to the National Institutes of Health. All applications must be completed and submitted online through proposalCENTRAL™ at https://proposalcentral.altum.com. Visit http://www.entnet.org/CORE for information on the application process. Failure to comply with particular requirements (and format) may result in disqualification of an entry.

Note: The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is a not-for-profit organization under tax code 501c (3). As such, all research grant monies are provided to fund direct costs related to the research as described in the application submitted. If university policy stipulates that a portion of such grant monies must go toward indirect costs, no more than ten percent (10%) of the total costs may be applied for indirect costs. All research grant monies awarded are intended to fund direct costs related to the research as described in the grant proposal.

Reporting Requirements

Recipients of the AAFPRS Research Scholar Award are required to complete an interim report every year until the completion of the project. Within six months of completion of the project the recipient is required to submit a final report in a form suitable for publication in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, the Financial Report Form provided by the AAFPRS Foundation, and an abstract to present at the next appropriate fall meeting. The final report must include the department chair’s or AAFPRS mentor’s signature. Recipients are to submit their results for publication in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

Follow-Up Reports Required Of Grant Recipients

All grant recipients are expected to follow the outlined guidelines:

  • Remain an AAFPRS member in good standing through the completion of research.
  • Submit your research for publication in the AAFPRS’ official journal, JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.
  • Be present at the AAFPRS Fall Meeting to receive your certificate.
  • Present research at an AAFPRS Fall Meeting, or, if not granted by the Program Committee to present, submit an abstract of your completed research.
  • Recognize the AAFPRS whenever research is published or presented.
  • Respond to requests for twelve-month progress reports; submit a final report to the AAFPRS Foundation within 6 months after the completion of study. Also include a revised financial statement or summary of funds used for the project.
  • The final report must be submitted for publication in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. Once you have submitted your final paper to JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery for publication, and if the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery does not accept your manuscript, you are encouraged to submit it to other journals of your choice.
  • Failure to comply with the above guidelines may result in the AAFPRS Foundation to claim the grant monies back.

Grant recipients may be:

  • Asked to participation on the AAFPRS Research Committee.
  • Asked to volunteer to participate on the CORE panel.
  • Asked to assist with the evaluation of grant applications received by the Research Center.

The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Facial Plastics Clinical Research Scholarship

The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has established a Facial Plastics Clinical Research Scholarship 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. It is the intent of the Foundation and the Academy to expand clinical and basic science research to provide high quality evidence to identify best practice.

Available Scholarships

Each scholarship will be for $15,000. More than one scholarship per year may be awarded based on the approved annual budget for the Research Center. In addition, an individual may receive the scholarship for two years in a row if they are enrolled in a two year degree program.

Eligibility

An applicant must be an AAFPRS member and must be pursuing training in the principles of clinical research. Fellows and Residents are not eligible to apply. The applicant must have a Letter of Acceptance from their Institution of choice before funds will be disbursed. If an applicant has already been accepted, they may apply for reimbursement of expenses up to the maximum of the scholarship. Funds cannot be applied retroactively.

To receive the funding for a second year degree program, the recipient must demonstrate satisfactory progress during the first year of the course. The individual must submit a Progress Report including comments as to why they want to continue to the Research Center Committee for review and consideration.

Application for Scholarship

Applicants must complete the application for Facial Plastics Clinical Research Scholarship. In addition, the individual must submit supporting documentation, including their Curriculum Vitae and two Letters of Support along with the application. If the applicant is an academician, one of the Letters of Support must be from the Department Chair.

Applicants must disclose any other scholarships or grants that have been received or that they are applying to fund similar education or to fund research.

Deadlines for Submission

All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted by January 15 or the first business day thereafter of each calendar year. Recipients will be notified by July 1 to be awarded in the next Academic year. Awardees will be officially announced each year at the AAFPRS Annual Meeting.

Review of Applications

Members of the Research Center Committee will review all applications. The Research Center Committee may request assistance from additional AAFPRS members if the number of applicants warrants additional review support.

Requirements for Grant Recipients

Members that receive a scholarship are required to sign a Letter of Agreement upon receiving the award. Within one year of completion of the course, awardees are expected to write a paper that is suitable for publishing in JAMA or on the Research Center web site. Recipients will be asked to participate in training other AAFPRS members in the methodologies needed to conduct clinical and translational research in a multi-disciplinary research environment. Recipients may be invited to serve on the AAFPRS Foundation Research Committee and/or to review applications received from future candidates.

The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Clinical Investigation Award

The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has established a Clinical Investigation Award intended to provide funding to AAFPRS members who don’t normally participate in research projects but demonstrate an interest in furthering the profession. These grants are meant to foster career development and provide mentorship to members. The purpose of these awards is to encourage young surgeons to pursue valid ideas by providing grants to offset expenses. It is the intent of the Foundation and the Academy to expand clinical and basic science research to provide high quality evidence to identify best practice.

Available Awards

Each Award will be for $2,500. More than one Award per year may be present based on the approved annual budget for the Research Center.

Eligibility

An applicant must be an AAFPRS member and must demonstrate an interest in furthering the profession through research. Fellows and Residents are not eligible to apply. An applicant may apply and be considered for this award every other year.

Application for Award

Applicants must complete the application for the Clinical Investigation Award. In addition, the individual must submit supporting documentation, including their Curriculum Vitae and two Letters of Support along with the application

Applicants must disclose any other Awards or grants that have been received or that they are applying to fund research projects.

Deadlines for Submission

Awards will be announced twice a year at the AAFPRS scheduled meetings. Deadline for the spring meeting (COSM or equivalent meeting) is January 1. Deadline for the AAFPRS Fall meeting is June 1. All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted by one of the above dates for consideration and presentation at the appropriate AAFPRS meeting. Applicants will be informed of decisions no later than four weeks prior to the appropriate AAFPRS meeting. Awardees will be officially announced each year at the appropriate AAFPRS meeting.

Review of Applications

Members of the Research Center Committee will review all applications. The Research Center Committee may request assistance from additional AAFPRS members if the number of applicants warrants additional review support.

Requirements for Grant Recipients

Members that receive an Award are required to sign a Letter of Agreement upon receiving the grant. Within one year of receiving the award, members are expected to write a paper that is suitable for publishing in JAMA or on the Research Center web site. Members may be asked to participate on the AAFPRS Research Committee or to discuss process and results and an AAFPRS meeting.