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About Research

NPF is committed to leading collaborative, transformational research that leads to better treatments and a cure for these chronic diseases.

NPF is the largest nonprofit funder of psoriatic disease research in the world, with an investment strategy focused on treatment development and other approaches to improve health outcomes for everyone with psoriatic disease. NPF has invested over $20 million in grants and fellowships for psoriatic disease research in recent years.

NPF funds both early-stage research projects that demonstrate the potential to significantly increase our understanding of psoriatic diseases, as well as clinical and patient-centered research to improve patient outcomes. In addition to supporting research through our Grants and Fellowships program, NPF conducts research through partnerships with other institutions such as in the LITE study and is preparing for the first Foundation-led clinical study, an evaluation of the effect of educational intervention on treatment outcomes. NPF also works with legislators and policymakers to increase federal funding for psoriatic disease research.

Grants and Fellowship Programs

NPF advances research in psoriatic disease by maintaining a robust research program that contributes around $3 million to support psoriatic disease clinical research every year, through grants and fellowships, including support of research efforts in line with NPF’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, such as the Psoriasis Prevention Initiative and the PsA Diagnostic Test Grant.

The road to better treatments begins with basic research that answers fundamental questions about disease mechanisms. At this early stage, scientists need critical support to test their innovative ideas. NPF Discovery Grants can help advance basic science research and add to our understanding of psoriatic disease. Bridging the gap between the laboratory and the clinical practice, translational researchers do the costly, time-consuming work of converting discoveries from basic research into treatments that can be tested in clinical trials. NPF supports this bench-to-bedside research through our Translational Research Grants program. The NPF also remains committed to supporting those in the early stages of their career offering Early Career grants and Fellowships to support the retention of promising researchers in the psoriatic disease field.

Learn more about available NPF funding opportunities or donating to our research efforts.

NPF-Led Research and Publications

As a leader in transformational collaborative psoriatic disease research, NPF-funded researchers and NPF staff have contributed dozens of publications to the scientific record. NPF empowers those living with psoriatic disease to be both the subject and the scientist with the Citizen Pscientist project, where more than seven thousand patients have joined and shared their experiences and insights. Each year, NPF conducts an Annual Survey of people affected by psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis to more fully understand the psoriatic disease community and their areas of need.

Latest NPF Research News

Diagnosing and Treating Pustular Psoriasis

An expert shares insight into how to distinguish pustular psoriasis and optimize management.

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Addressing Underrepresentation in Psoriasis and the Broader Field of Dermatology

There are resources available to help providers treat patients with skin of color.

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Recapping the NPF Research Symposium

The 2021 NPF Research Symposium: Improving Health Outcomes included sections related to clinical, translational, and basic research, as well as guest speakers.

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NPF Forms COVID-19 Task Force

This group of medical and scientific experts have collaborated to provide updated recommendations for people with psoriatic disease and will guide NPF in response to the ongoing pandemic and beyond.

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