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About the National Psoriasis Foundation

The mission of the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected.

Serving its community through more than 50 years of patient support, advocacy, research funding and education, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is the world’s leading nonprofit fighting for individuals with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. The NPF mission is to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and dramatically improve the lives of more than 8 million people in the U.S. affected by this chronic, immune-mediated disease.

As a part of that effort, NPF created its Patient Navigation Center to offer personalized assistance to everyone with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. In addition, NPF has funded more than $21 million in research grants and fellowships to date that help drive discoveries that may lead to more and better treatments and ultimately a cure.

As emerging research continues to demonstrate the serious, systemic effects of these chronic immune-mediated diseases, our highest priority is to find a cure. Our strategic plan is driven by these goals:

  • Lead collaborative, transformational research in psoriatic disease.
  • Increase the lifespan and health of individuals living with psoriatic disease.
  • Secure the human, technological and financial resources necessary to achieve NPF’s mission-related goals.

About Psoriatic Disease

Psoriasis is a highly prevalent immune-mediated inflammatory disease, affecting as many as 8 million Americans. It causes skin to crack, itch and bleed. Psoriatic disease is chronic and has life-long impact on those diagnosed. Psoriasis puts people at increased risk for other health concerns such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression. Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, an inflammatory arthritis that affects the joints and tendons, which, if left untreated, can cause irreversible joint damage.