Build a Legacy

The Biology of Skin Foundation incorporated in 2019 to sustain the Montagna Symposium, a yearly gathering of leaders, young scientists and clinicians to educate on the latest scientific discoveries and solve problems of skin disease.

We are actively seeking Donors to ensure that this unique form of scientific educational interaction continues to revolutionize skin biology and skin health in the spirit of William Montagna and the first founders of 1950.

Become a Founder


Mission of the Foundation

Together we shall:

  • Sustain the Montagna Symposium: An annual gathering of physicians and scientists to present the best of skin research.
  • Revolutionize Skin Research: Create and provide resources that light the way through skin research to transform human health.
  • Share Knowledge: Provide the excitement of skin science for public benefit.


Now: Building the Legacy


Raise 2.1 million dollars by 70th anniversary year 2023/2024 to sustain support for the annual Montagna Symposium.

Future: Continuing the Legacy


Raise 10 million dollars to create living skin and digital resources for understanding diverse skin biology.


Montagna Symposium

Inspiring young and established investigators since 1950.

Pioneered by skin biologist William Montagna, Ph.D., the symposium:

  • Creates opportunities for the exchange of ideas and resources involving skin science
  • Inspires clinical research that leads to cures for skin disease or improves outcomes for patients





Learn More:

List of Past Symposia

List of Symposium Directors

Montagna Symposium Home Page



Dennis R. Roop, Ph.D., President

Professor of Dermatology at University of Colorado Anschutz and Director of the Gates Institute

Co-Director Montagna Symposium on the Biology of Skin


Daniel Kaplan, M.D., Ph.D., Interim Vice President

Professor of Dermatology and Immunology at University of Pittsburgh


Molly F. Kulesz-Martin, Ph.D., Secretary/Treasurer

Professor Emeritus of Dermatology at Oregon Health & Science University

Director Emeritus Montagna Symposium on the Biology of Skin


Nicole L. Ward, Ph.D

Vice Chair for Research, Department of Dermatology

Professor of Dermatology, Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Ayman Grada, M.D., M.S.

Adjunct Faculty Case Western Reserve Dept of Dermatology

Medical Director, AbbVie

Executive Director


Liaison For Young Investigators

Jodi Johnson, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor of Pathology and Dermatology, Northwestern University

Scientific Director and Basic Research Program Coordinator, Lurie Cancer Center (LCC)

Founder, Owner and Editor, DerMEDit

Founding Director Emeritus


Jon Hanifin, M.D.

Professor Emeritus of Dermatology at Oregon Health & Science University