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National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Research Fellowship:
Steering a course for future research

Research project topics include

  • Studying the condition known as metabolic syndrome in children with psoriasis. (Metabolic syndrome is an umbrella term for a cluster of conditions that include obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. Psoriasis has been associated with metabolic syndrome.)
  • The effect of anti-tumor necrosis factor agents—
    which are used to treat psoriasis—on the risk of developing heart disease.
  • Testing potential new treatments in clinical trials.
  • Studying the bacteria that live on the skin for clues to how they might be involved in psoriasis.

Fellowship grants encourage young doctors to become experts in psoriatic diseases

The next generation of physician researchers holds the key to finding a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Therefore, it is important to encourage young scientists to focus their careers on studying and treating psoriasis and other complex skin and joint diseases.

To help steer future researchers in that direction, the National Psoriasis Foundation has launched its Medical Research Fellowship program, which will fund the research projects of 12 residents from leading medical schools around the country.

The awardees, known as National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Research Fellows, will each receive a one-year research fellowship grant of up to $40,000. The money will be used to help pay their salaries while they work on their respective research projects. Their schools will provide lab space, equipment and money for supplies needed to carry out their work.

Today, there is a shortage of clinicians with in-depth expertise in psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. These grants will encourage emerging scientists to become physician researchers—and perhaps professors—with research projects focused on psoriatic diseases. The majority of the research projects funded by these grants focus on questions related to the cause and cure of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.