The National Psoriasis Foundation was created in 1967 by volunteers. For more than 50 years, patients, families, friends, scientists and health care providers have pitched in to help our cause. Volunteering takes many forms, from following us on Facebook to running with Team NPF to sharing your story with the people who represent you at the state and federal levels.
In this series, you’ll meet a crew who, in their own quiet, steady way, have been working hard to help everyone with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Today: Charlotte Hurabielle-Claverie.
Researchers like Charlotte Hurabielle-Claverie, M.D., support NPF’s mission of finding a cure for psoriatic disease and improving the lives of those affected. The 2018 Early Career Research Grant recipient is studying the skin to learn more about the nature of microbes and their connection to psoriasis.
The Paris, France native, who works at the U.S. National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, knew early on that research was her calling. “With my educational background, I was very interested in autoimmune diseases and inflammatory disorders,” says Hurabielle-Claverie. “It really made sense after my clinical training that I would find myself in psoriatic disease.”
She acknowledges that psoriatic disease still raises many questions – from what the causes are to why results from available treatments vary – and those are the kinds of questions that excite her. She hopes that her current research, which may identify new ways of treating people based on their individual skin microbes, will answer more about the nature of the disease.
The research conducted by Hurabielle-Claverie (among others who have received NPF grants) has immense potential to positively impact anyone living with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis through more effective treatments. “It’s rewarding to know that what I do will help patients at some point to have a better life.”