National Psoriasis Foundation awards 12 psoriasis research fellowships

Nearly half a million dollars given to researchers focused on curing psoriatic diseases

Future doctors are the key to curing psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. These young clinicians must be trained to become dermatologists who focus their careers on studying and treating psoriatic disease.

In an effort to increase activity in psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis research—leading to better treatments and a cure for these diseases—the National Psoriasis Foundation supports the development of additional physician researchers through its Research Fellowship Program. This year, the Psoriasis Foundation awarded $480,000 in research fellowships to 12 early career doctors, who each received a one-year, $40,000 grant to study psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

These fellowships team a young doctor with an established psoriatic disease investigator who will supervise and mentor the fellow's work. They also support eligible institutions in developing opportunities for physicians training for careers in academic research.

"It's imperative that we urge young doctors now training to become dermatologists to focus their careers on studying and treating psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, and other complex skin and joint diseases," said Mark Lebwohl, M.D., chair of the National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board. "The National Psoriasis Foundation launched these fellowships as part of our commitment to make research our highest priority, and to guide emerging clinicians to become experts in psoriatic disease."

Meet the 2011 National Psoriasis Foundation Fellows and learn about their work »

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