The creation of therapeutic adjuncts, continuing education, setting up a "cosmetovigilance" network, etc.: supporting dermatologists in their everyday practice is part of our DNA. In 1995, we decided to take this approach even further by assisting them in their research and knowledge-sharing initiatives. This desire led to the creation of Fondation La Roche-Posay which, under the aegis of La Fondation de France, promotes the actions of dermatology specialists working in the fields of science and social responsibility all around the world.
Supporting young dermatology researchers
Fondation La Roche-Posay's first field of action is scientific in nature. By awarding the Research Prize, it aims to reward and fund the innovative work of young researchers in dermatology on four continents. After evaluation by independent experts, the projects or publications selected are presented to a scientific committee made up of dermatology experts, which awards grants to the most promising applicants. We are thus happy and proud to have supported over 130 researchers and dermatologists to date around the world.
Encouraging socially responsible dermatology initiatives
Fondation La Roche-Posay's second, more society-based area of involvement takes concrete form in the "Dermatologist from the heart" initiative in particular. Launched in France in 2011, this initiative consists of providing aid to socially responsible actions by dermatologists dedicated to improving their patients' quality of life; the programme bestows grants worth €10,000. Just under a dozen countries have already joined the project. In partnership with Fondation La Roche-Posay, "Dermatologist from the heart" helped Andrew Krakowski, a dermatologist at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, California, to develop MissionSkin.org, a community website bringing together patients and cutaneous reconstruction specialists .