NPF-Funded Research

The Demographics and Genetics of Psoriasis in Kenya

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Principal Investigator: Wilson Liao, M.D.
Institution:
The Regents of the University of California, San Francisco


Grant Mechanism: Discovery Grant
Funding Amount: $75,000
Project Start Date: August 1, 2024
Project End Date: July 31, 2025
Status: Active
Keywords: Psoriasis, Environmental Epidemiology, Genetics, Mental Health, Patient-Reported Outcomes

Project Summary:

Psoriasis research should be inclusive of all races and peoples. However, almost all translational psoriasis research to date has been conducted on individuals with psoriasis living in North America, Europe, Australia, or Asia. There is an urgent need to understand the causative factors for psoriasis in Black and African populations. Here, we will establish the first Kenyan Psoriasis Registry to investigate the demographic, environmental, and genetic causes of psoriasis in Kenya. The knowledge gained from this registry will lay the foundation for research, education, and advocacy for psoriasis in Africa.

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