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OVER the past 20 years there has been a steady increase in the quality of research in dermatology as well as in other fields of medicine. This has been attributable to many factors: more dermatology programs; more full-time individuals in dermatology; more financial support for dermatology especially in the form of training and research grants from the National Institutes of Health; opportunities for young investigators to spend large amounts of time in research with superb collaborators in other departments in medical schools and in the Dermatology Branch of the National Cancer Institute; and increasing quality of editorial evaluation particularly in the two major journals of dermatology, the Archives of Dermatology and the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
Because, however, most dermatology centers are relatively small and talent in dermatologic research with only a few exceptions is widespread over the nation, the opportunities for initial evaluation of research during the planning and
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