NPF funds accelerate research to cure psoriatic disease

| Joe Doolen

NPF has been dramatically increasing our investment to support scientists studying psoriatic disease in key areas of research, such as causes, diagnoses, prevention and cures.

NPF invested $2.49 million in research grants and fellowships this year, bringing the total investment to more than $17 million since 1987.

For the first time in our history, NPF awarded two $100,000 Bridge Grants, which provide one incredibly critical year of funding to psoriatic disease researchers who have submitted promising, but unsuccessful, applications to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Bridge Grants give researchers the opportunity to continue collecting data to strengthen a future application.

Early Career Grants support graduate students and postdoctoral researchers conducting research on psoriatic disease and comorbidities (related diseases). NPF awarded six Early Career Grants this year, totaling almost $300,000, to encourage young scientists to focus their research careers on psoriatic disease.

The road to better treatments begins with basic science research that answers fundamental questions about disease mechanisms. NPF awarded 11 Discovery Grants this year, for a total of $825,000, providing support to scientists at this critical, but risky, stage to fund promising ideas. This is where the science behind finding a cure comes into play.

Translational researchers do the costly and time-consuming work of converting discoveries from basic research into treatments that can be tested in clinical trials. NPF supports this research through our Translational Research Grants, three of which were awarded this past year for a total of $300,000.

NPF Grant awardees and Fellows met at the 2017 NPF Research Trainee Symposium in Portland.

Many NPF Fellowship recipients work on clinical trials, which test treatments in patients with the aim of helping bring new drugs to market and, ultimately, improving the quality of life for patients. This past year, we funded nine Fellowships worth nearly $450,000.

NPF has also funded a $50,000 Psoriatic Arthritis Research Grant, as well as the 2017 Public Health Challenge Grant, $75,000 which supports research that uses existing data sources to address questions related to the public health of psoriatic disease.

Next year, we will be co-sponsoring the 2018 Pediatric Psoriasis Challenge Grant in collaboration with the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance. NPF will invest up to $150,000 to fund two $75,000 research projects that address any aspect of the disease, including the cause, diagnosis or treatment of pediatric psoriasis or comorbidities.

Curing psoriatic disease is not impossible, though it will take time and commitment. Until then, we will continue doing our part to make the flares, itching, joint pain and dangerous comorbidities relics of the past.

Fellowship and grant applications are currently being accepted. The deadline to apply is January 19, 2018, with the exception of the Bridge grant, for which applications are accepted year-round.

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.

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