Mary Kay Inc. announced the winners of its Skin Health/Skin Disease Research Grants at the 2022 Society for Investigative Dermatology Annual Meeting. The $25,000 grants were given to four researchers:
- Allison C. Billi, MD, Ph.D., and assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Michigan. The grant will fund research to discover how to prevent and reverse photoaging.
- Angel S. Byrd, MD, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor at Howard University School of Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor at JHUSOM (Departments of Dermatology). The grant will be used to find unknown genetic causes of melasma.
- Dr. Mae Alexandra Carpenter , Ph.D. and trainee at Wright State University. The grant will fund study concerning the new therapeutic approaches to reducing UVB photosensitivity in autoinflammatory diseases.
- Jennifer Powers, MD, Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Dermatology, University of Iowa. The grant money will be used to help understand how the immune system and microbiota interact in the formation of scars from ulcers and surgical wounds.
“As a decades-long leader in global cosmetics and skin care innovation, Mary Kay remains committed to enriching the lives of women around the world,” said Dr. Lucy Gildea, Director of Innovation, Products and Science at Mary Kay. “We also have an unwavering commitment to manufacturing the highest quality products and advancing scientific skin research. We recognize that collaboration is crucial to new discoveries, and partnerships with the scientific, medical and academic communities are vital collaborations, which is why we are delighted to award these science grants.”