Psoriasis Foundation awards $480,000 in fellowships
The National Psoriasis Foundation awarded $480,000 in research fellowships to 12 early-career doctors, who each received a one-year, $40,000 fellowship to study psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
The grants are intended to increase activity in psoriatic disease research leading to better treatments and a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.The fellowships team a doctor with an established psoriatic disease investigator who will supervise the fellow's work.
The 2011 National Psoriasis Foundation Fellows and their projects are:
- Maryam Afshar, MBBS, of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, will focus on the immune system in people with psoriasis during hepatitis C infection.
- Shiu-chang Au, M.D., of Tufts Medical School in Boston, will examine whether children with psoriatic disease have a higher rate of metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular risk factors.
- Elizabeth Chase, M.D., of the University of California, Davis, will study psoriasis and its connection to a higher rate of cardiovascular diseases.
- Madeline Haddican, M.D., of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, will focus on psoriasis clinical trials.
- Faiyaaz A. Kalimullah, M.D., of Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., will investigate adherence to treatment, cost effectiveness of treatment and new protocols for phototherapy, a therapy which exposes the skin to ultra-violet light.
- Douglas Kast, D.O., of Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, will research cardiovascular risk in psoriasis using the CACS score, a special X-ray test that detects early stage heart disease.
- Peter Mattei, M.D., of Harvard Medical School in Boston, will develop a set of standardized outcome measures in clinical practice.
- Katherine M. Mercy, M.D., of The Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., will identify the relationship between body mass index and psoriasis in children.
- Amilcar Rizzo, M.D., of Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif., will try to understand the skin's immune interactions in psoriasis.
- Bryan Sofen, M.D., of New York University in New York City, will explore the cutaneous microbiome, the population of microorganisms that live on the skin, in people with psoriasis to try and determine whether these organisms play a role in the disease.
- Junko Takeshita, M.D., of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, will examine cardiovascular risk in psoriasis and the effectiveness of therapies.
- Daniel Zaghi, M.D., of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, will investigate if smoking affects the development of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.