• The MADV Research Grant is intended to support research projects in Dermatology/Genito-Urinary Medicine in Malta.


    • The research project may be clinical or laboratory-based.
    • The research project should be suitable for eventual submission for peer-reviewed publication +/- oral/poster presentation; support of the MADV Research Grant should be acknowledged in any such publication(s) and presentation(s).
    • The MADV Research Grant is normally intended to cover costs directly incurred in the research e.g. cost of laboratory investigations, consumables e.t.c. If the grant is used to purchase equipment (e.g. a camera) this will become the property of the MADV after completion of the research project.
    • The monetary value of each research grant will be flexible according to the nature of the project and all applications will be considered on their merits. A total of €1500/year will be available for the MADV Research Grant each year and these funds may be used to fund one or more projects depending on the applications received.
  • Consideration will be given to the proposed project’s scientific merit, originality, feasibility, potential for publication/presentation and relevance to Dermatology/Genito-Urinary Medicine practice in Malta. 



Applicants should be paid-up MADV members. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received an MADV Research Grant.



Applicants should apply by letter/e-mail to the MADV Treasurer, as Chairman of the MADV Research Project Review Committee* by 15th October each year giving full details of the proposed research project including a work plan and timetable. The intention of the MADV is to complete the evaluation process and announce the winner(s) of the MADV Research Grant by the end of December each year. The proposal should include a detailed, realistic budget with justification of all elements in relation to the funding requested and other sources of funding, if any. The application should include an up-to-date curriculum vitae of the applicant and names of other participants.



Applications will be evaluated initially by the MADV Research Project Review Committee which will present its recommendations to the MADV council for a final decision.

Once an application is approved, progress reports should be sent to the MADV Treasurer every 6 months and a final report sent on completion of the study.


*currently: Dr George Depasquale, Dr Philip Carabot & Dr Dino Vella Briffa


The rules can be found here.




MADV Research Grant Past Winners


2018 – Plasma vitamin C and serum zinc status in patients with venous leg ulcers: a case-control study (D Micallef, C Agius, I Brincat, G Buhagiar, MJ Boffa)


Pilot study on Mycoplasma genitalium infection at the Genitourinary Clinic in Malta: prevalence, macrolide resistance and impact of ResistancePlus™ MG on clinical outcome (V Padovese, G Zahra, K Muscat, A Gauci Farrugia, R Zammit, C Barbara)


2019 –  Identification of Leishmania species causing cutaneous leishmaniasis in the Maltese islands (R Corso, D Micallef, G Zahra, C Barbara, MJ Boffa)


2020 – A study of serum zinc and other nutritional and inflammatory markers in hidradenitis suppurativa (D Mintoff, L Borg, C Barbara, MJ Boffa).


2021 – Study protocol on treponemal tests comparison (CLIA vs TPPS) in the framework of the WHO promoted, independent, multi-country, clinic based evaluation of two Point-of-Care Tests for the screening of HIV and Syphilis in men who have sex with men in the STI screening facilities of Verona, Italy and Brighton, United Kingdom (V Padovese et al)


2022 – Identification of Leishmania species causing cutaneous leishmaniasis in the Maltese islands – Phase 2 (R Corso, D Micallef, G Zahra, C Barbara, MJ Boffa)