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For more than 10 years, AVEENO® has focused on a singular vision – Advancing the science of naturals in skincare:

  • Pioneering fundamental research to better understand the mechanisms and biochemistry of natural ingredients and their applications in skincare
  • Partnering with leading experts in dermatology and phytochemists to uncover and explore new technologies and naturally active ingredients, many clinically proven to deliver skin benefits
  • Following the highest standards of ingredients selection and manufacturing with unique processes that retain the strength and purity of the ingredients in formulations

At the ACTIVE NATURALS® INSTITUTE, our mission is to increase knowledge of natural ingredients in skincare. We bring together leading experts in dermatology, phytoscientists and researchers at Johnson & Johnson to share knowledge and experiences, explore new technologies and champion innovations.


The ACTIVE NATURALS® INSTITUTE, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., proudly supports the ACTIVE NATURALS® RESEARCH AWARD – two research awards ($30,000 each) to be awarded annually to promote dermatology research within the field of natural ingredients in Dermatology. Emphasis will be placed on supporting research that benefits the dermatology community at large and has significant potential to advance patient care.


Specific areas of interest include:

  • New and existing natural ingredients to address pigmentation
  • Role of natural ingredients in anti-aging formulations
  • Value of natural ingredients in formulations focusing on barrier protection and repair

1. 2008 Survey of 402 Dermatologists, conducted by GFK Market Measures.

Award Requirements:

  • M.D. degree or D.O. degree (Global)
  • Dermatologist who is board-certified or board-eligible
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to natural ingredient research, either clinical or basic science with clinical applications.
  • For areas of research relevant to anti-aging, pigmentation and barrier protection and repair
  • Preclinical in vitro or in vivo testing; no animal testing.
  • A summary of research results must be submitted at the end of the project for possible publication

The Scientific Committee of the ACTIVE NATURALS® INSTITUTE will assume the responsibility for reviewing Award applications, making funding recommendations, and monitoring the Awards program.

Applications must be submitted by December 31, 2012.

To access an application, click here.

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This award is made possible by a generous Award from Johnson & Johnson Consumer
Companies, Inc., makers of AVEENO® Skincare Products. AVEENO®, a leader in ACTIVE NATURALS®, continues to develop product formulations with new and existing
natural ingredients that are clinically proven to deliver real skin care benefits leaving you with
healthy, beautiful skin.



At the 2011 American Academy of Dermatology Meeting, Warren Wallo, Director of Scientific Communications, Johnson & Johnson Consumer and Personal Products Worldwide, announced the first recipient of the 2011 ACTIVE NATURALS® RESEARCH AWARD - a $30,000 grant promoting research within the field of natural ingredients In Dermatology.

Dr. Seth J. Orlow, MD, PhD was chosen to receive the ACTIVE NATURALS® Research Award for his compelling research application. Dr. Orlow's research will focus on "Identification of natural actives that modulate pigmentation via glutathione". This research should increase our understanding of the biology of pigmentation and may identify new naturals that demonstrate the ability to influence pigmentation pathways.

"We are certain that Dr Orlow's work will be highly valued by the dermatology community and win help to further advance the scientific knowledge of natural Ingredients", said Warren Wallo.

Dr. Orlow is Chairman of the Ronald 0. Perelman Department of Dermatology, at the New York University School of Medicine, where he has been a faculty member since 1990. He Is the Weinberg Professor of Pediatric Dermatology, and a Professor of Cell Biology and of Pediatrics. He also serves as director of NYU's Center of Excellence In Cancers of the Skin.

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