Ralph and Melissa Daniel Young Physician Nail Merit Award

The award is to encourage a Dermatologist who has demonstrated scholarship and initiative in the study of people with disorders of the nails to further pursue a career related to nail disease. The award shall be presented at the annual meeting of the European Nail Society.

  1. Eligible candidates for the award should have completed a dermatology residency program within the past four years,
  2. Board certification in their specialty,
  3. Past publications and/or meeting presentations which demonstrate support of the mission of the European Nail Society.


Personal Statement by Ralph and Melissa Daniel:

We have greatly benefited from the medical field, especially in dermatology and nail disorders. When we began writing about nails and nail research in the 1970's, there were only a handful of us that concentrated on nail disorders. We were able to partner early on with Dick Scher who kindly helped foster our burgeoning interest. We also appreciated the work of Robert Baran and Nardo Zaias. Now we hope, in some modest fashion, to assist the next generation of onychologists.

  1. Up to one award will be granted each year,
  2. $1000 award,
  3. An award committee made up of the Board of Trustees of the European Nail Society will send a letter to each department chairman for each dermatology residency program as well as to the members of the European Nail Society to solicit candidates for the award,
  4. Department chairs and/or members of the European Nail Society may recommend candidates for the award,
  5. Prior to the European Nail Society annual meeting, an award committee made up of the Board of Trustees of the European Nail Society will review the candidates and decide on the recipient of the award. The announcement will be made two months prior to the annual meeting and the candidate will be invited to attend the meeting and give a presentation.

Please submit a letter of recommendation for the candidate that you feel worthy of this award to michela.starace2@unibo.it.

Deadline: 30 May 2020

Past awardees

2018 - Dr Zeynep Müzeyyen Altan Ferhatoglu (Turkey)
Morphology, growth rate, and thickness of the nail plate during the pregnancy