National Psoriasis Foundation Awards over $2M in Research Grants and Fellowships

2018 Research Grant and Fellowship Application Process Now Open

Portland, Ore. (October 13, 2017) —The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is proud to announce that in 2017 it has awarded $2.49 million in research grants and fellowships. This year’s award brings the total amount NPF has invested in the advancement of psoriatic disease research to more than $17 million.

Staying true to its mission of finding a cure for psoriatic disease and improving the lives of those affected, NPF funds and promotes research into psoriatic disease and related comorbidities. Award recipients and projects are selected not only for their potential to uncover information that may help treat psoriatic disease, but also address basic questions about the underlying disease mechanisms, comorbidities, and public health. In 2017 awards were distributed for the following grants and fellowships.

Discovery Grants
Enabling researchers to undertake preliminary and proof-of-concept studies, this grant aims to help researchers develop competitive grant proposals that will lead to long-term funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other federal agencies. Recipients of the 2017 Discovery Grants include:

  • The Ostrow Graff Family Discovery Grant awarded to Jin Mo Park, Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital
  • NPF Discovery Grant supported by Bucks Creek Foundation awarded to Yun Liang, Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • NPF Board Chair Discovery Grant, Funded by Friends of Colby Evans, M.D. awarded to Abby Van Voorhees, M.D., Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • NPF Discovery Grant, funded in part by the Walton Family Foundation, awarded to Aaron Secrest, M.D., Ph.D., University of Utah.

Other 2017 Discovery Grant recipients include Tina Bhutani, M.D., University of California, San Francisco, Christopher Ritchlin, M.D., MPH, University of Rochester, and Gerard Wong, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles.

Translational Grants
Translational Research Grants focus on helping scientific discoveries from clinical, laboratory or population-based studies move rapidly into treatments that have a clear benefit for patients with psoriatic disease. 2017 grant recipients include:

  • The John Koo, M.D. Translational Research Grant awarded to Eynav Klechevsky, Ph.D., Washington University
  • The Bill and Jodi Felton Translational Research Grant awarded to Shiva Shahrara, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Early Career Research Grants
Early Career Research Grants support graduate students and postdoctoral researchers training to conduct psoriatic disease research independently. The goal is to prepare recipients to compete for larger grants in the future, and be positioned to establish successful long-term careers.

In 2017, six researchers were awarded the Karen and Dale White Research Center of Excellence Early Career Research Grant. Recipients include, Jason Hawkes, M.D., Rockefeller University, Ernest Lee, University of California, Los Angeles, Julia Manasson, M.D., New York University School of Medicine, Megan Noe, M.D., MPH, University of Pennsylvania, Remy Pollock, Ph.D., Krembil Research Institute at the University of Toronto, Cory Simpson, M.D., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Bridge Grants
Bridge Grants support researchers who have submitted meritorious, but unsuccessful K- and R- applications to the National Institute of Health (NIH) with a focus on psoriatic disease or related comorbidities. Through this special grant, NPF provides a critical year of additional support so researchers can collect data to strengthen a future application. 2017 Bridge Grant recipients are Nicole Ward, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, and Jun Yan, M.D., Ph.D., University of Louisville

Psoriatic Arthritis Research Grant
In collaboration with the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF), the NPF jointly funds one translational research project focused specifically on psoriatic arthritis. For a second year, the Bill and Jodi Felton Psoriatic Arthritis Research Grant was awarded to Lam (Alex) Tsoi, Ph.D., University of Michigan.

Public Health Challenge Grant
The 2017 Public Health Challenge Grant supports research that uses existing data sources to address questions related to the public health of psoriatic disease. The 2017 Public Health Challenge Grant was awarded to Amit Garg, M.D., Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.

Psoriatic Disease Research Fellowship
The Psoriatic Disease Research Fellowship provides support to eligible institutions to develop and enhance the opportunities for physicians training for research careers in academic dermatology, rheumatology, pediatric dermatology, and pediatric rheumatology. In 2017, NPF awarded the following Fellowships.

  • The Dr. Mark G. Lebwohl Psoriatic Disease Research Fellowship was awarded to Elke de Jong, M.D., Ph.D., of Radboud University
  • The Psoriatic Disease Research Fellowship, supported in part by the Don and Nancy Alpert Family Fund, awarded to Sam Hwang, MD, PhD at the University of California, Davis

Seven additional Psoriatic Disease Research Fellowships were awarded thanks to grants provided by AbbVie, Amgen, Lilly and Novartis. Recipients include April Armstrong, M.D., MPH, University of Southern California, Joel Gelfand, M.D., MSCE, University of Pennsylvania, Dafna Gladman, M.D., University of Toronto, Alexa Kimball, M.D., MPH, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Mark Lebwohl, M.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, Siba Raychaudhuri, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, Davis and Abby Van Voorhees, M.D., Eastern Virginia Medical School.

NPF is currently accepting applications for the 2018 grants and fellowships. For more information and deadlines for all funding opportunities visit: and

About the National Psoriasis Foundation

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 Americans affected by this chronic immune-mediated disease. As part of that effort, NPF created its Patient Navigation Center to offer personalized assistance to everyone with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. To date, NPF has funded more than $21 million in research grants and fellowships that help drive discoveries that may lead to more and better treatments and ultimately a cure. Learn more at