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.