Research Center

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) has established a 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.

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.

2018 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 three individuals with the Resident Research Grant. Each will be acknowledged at the 2018 Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX in October.

Syed Ahmed Ali, MD – Dr. Ali is a resident at the Regents of the University of Michigan. His research project is titled “Inhibition of Facial Nerve Regeneration in the Thy1-GFP Rat”.

Vivek Kanumuri, MD – Dr. Kanumuri is a resident at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. His project is titled “Optogenetic Stimulation of the Facial Nerve”.

Suresh Mohan, MD – Dr. Mohan is a resident at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. His project is titled “Enhancement of Axonal Penetration through Cross-Facial Nerve Grafts”

Research Center Awards

The Foundation is pleased to announce the awardees of the 2018 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. The Research Scholar Award is a $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.

The Foundation is pleased to award three Wally K. Dyer Clinical Investigation Awards in 2018.

Brian Nuyen, MD – Dr. Nuyen attends Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology. His project is titled “The Dorsal Contour in Male Rhinoplasty:A Web-based Study of Social Perception.”

David Shaye, MD – Dr. Shaye attends Harvard Medical School. His project is titled Wire Osteosynthesis for Mandible Fractures in Low Resource Settings: Force Evaluation of Wiring Techniques.”

Weitao Wang, MD – Dr. Wang is a resident at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. His project is titled The Role of Cost-Effective Surgeon Point-of-View Video Recording in Otolaryngology Residency Operative Training.”

These individuals were recognized in Dallas, TX at the Grants and Awards presentation.

To learn more about any of the Research Center opportunities or the Bernstein Program, go to http://www.aafprs.org/research/research-center  or contact Karen Sloat, Senior Project Consultant, ksloat@aafprs.org or 703-650-9226.