National Psoriasis Foundation awards five Translational Research Grants

June 03, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 3, 2015)--Five researchers each received a two-year, $200,000 grant from the National Psoriasis Foundation for their work to improve treatments for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, determine genetic risk factors and find new ways to manage psoriatic disease.

The National Psoriasis Foundation Translational Research Grant program supports research that converts basic discoveries into treatments, best practices or cures that benefit patients. Learn more about the program: http://www.psoriasis.org/grants.

"The National Psoriasis Foundation drives efforts to cure psoriatic disease by funding these innovative projects ranging from how gut bacteria and diet could impact psoriatic disease to examining genetic risk factors that may lead to personalized treatment options," said Randy Beranek, National Psoriasis Foundation president and CEO. "This year, we're also excited to collaborate on a Psoriatic Arthritis Research Grant with the Arthritis National Research Foundation that helps deepen our commitment to psoriatic arthritis."

The Translational Research Grant recipients and their projects are: A chronic, systemic disease of the immune system, psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disease in the country, affecting up to 7.5 million Americans. It puts people at increased risk for heart disease, heart attack and diabetes, among other health conditions. Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, an inflammatory disease of the joints and tendons. If left untreated, psoriatic arthritis can be disabling.
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Learn more about the National Psoriasis Foundation research at http://www.psoriasis.org/grants.

About the National Psoriasis Foundation

National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is the world's largest nonprofit serving those with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Our priority is to provide the information and services people need to take control of their condition, while increasing research to find a cure. In addition to serving more than 2.1 million people annually through our health education and advocacy initiatives, NPF has funded more than $11 million in psoriatic disease research grants and fellowships. Learn more about the Psoriasis Foundation at http://www.psoriasis.org or call 800-723-9166. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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