Here at NPF, we know that our goal of finding a cure for psoriatic disease is a marathon – not a sprint. It takes a group of dedicated researchers and doctors working in conjunction with a unified community to drive the next medical breakthroughs.
That’s why we are launching the Milestone to a Cure grant, which aims to support research projects focused on treatment durability, remission and the path toward a cure. We know that we won’t get there overnight and the hope is that every project funded under this grant will get us one step closer.
NPF is looking to fund up to four $100,000 research projects focused on getting us to the next step towards a cure. Of course, as a nonprofit, the ability to award the grant money is contingent on our supportive community. Without those living with psoriatic disease, friends, family and those in the medical community lending their support, our mission would be a short-lived one. Providing promising researchers and doctors with the means to bring about transformative change has been the top priority for the organization.
Nehal Mehta, M.D., Lasker Clinical Research Scholar at the National Institute of Health, has been one such promising researcher. Mehta has devoted his career to researching how inflammation in psoriasis elevates a patient’s risk for certain comorbidities, and he says he owes a lot to the help he got from NPF. He received a $75,000 Discovery Grant investigating how the same population of immune cells that drive disease in skin might also affect the cardiovascular system, which led to $12 million dollars in funding from the NIH.
“The Foundation has been here for me all along the way,” Mehta says. “It is a great, great synergistic relationship. NPF provided funding that was instrumental early in my research program that helped get me tenure at NIH. They’ve been a strong partner ever since.”
(You can read more about Mehta and his impressive career in the upcoming spring issue of NPF Advance.)
Funding the next milestone
This year has been a great one, thanks to the generosity of the public, and has afforded us the opportunity to extend our research breadth with new grants like the Milestone to a Cure, the Psoriasis Prevention Initiative and the PsA Diagnostic Project.
With only a few more weeks left on the calendar, we’re making a final fundraising push so that 2020 starts on the right foot. Support the Psoriasis Prevention Initiative during our end of year matching campaign, thanks to the generosity of the Dale and Karen White and Michael and Carol Laub families.
Our goal is to reach $200,000 by the turn of the calendar and, thanks to all of you, we’re almost there. Help us reach the finish line and support life-changing research today. And you can give all year round to NPF research at psoriasis.org/donate.
Get involved with NPF research
If you are interested in joining us on the road to a cure, applications for the Milestone for a Cure grants are now open. Or, if you have a colleague that would be perfect, help spread the word. All applications are due on January 13, 2020. For more information on applying, visit psoriasis.org/grants or contact NPF at [email protected].
Driving discovery, creating community
For more than 50 years, we’ve been driving efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected. But there’s still plenty to do! Learn how you can help our advocacy team shape the laws and policies that affect people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis – in your state and across the country. Help us raise funds to support research by joining Team NPF, where you can walk, run, cycle, play bingo or create your own fundraising event. If you or someone you love needs free, personalized support for living a healthier life with psoriatic disease, contact our Patient Navigation Center. And keep the National Psoriasis Foundation going strong by making a donation today. Together, we will find a cure.