GRAPPA Awards Five Pilot Research Grants

Five young investigators will each receive a $25,000 GRAPPA Pilot Research Grant to support their psoriatic disease investigation. More than twenty proposals were received from 13 countries in June, and the winners were announced at the GRAPPA Annual Meeting July 14-15 in Amsterdam. Those selected for the grants are: Lihi Eder, University of Toronto, Canada (Could systemic anti-psoriatic therapy modify psoriatic arthritis risk in patients with moderate-severe psoriasis? – A population-based cohort study); Conor Magee, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin, Ireland (Biomarkers of progression to psoriatic arthritis in patients with Psoriasis); Julia Manasson, New York University School of Medicine, USA (The effect of biologic therapies on the gut microbial and fungal composition in psoriatic arthritis); Margot van Mechelen, Laboratory of Tissue Homeostasis and Disease, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (Effect of local and distant factors on the cell populations within the SEC to define the different phases of PsA) and Hao-Jui Weng, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taiwan (Neural mechanisms of pruritus in psoriasis). Congratulations to all involved, including the mentors of these outstanding young investigators.


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GRAPPA (Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis) is organized exclusively for non-profit, educational, and scientific purposes, specifically to facilitate sharing of information related to psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, networking among different medical disciplines that see psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patients, and to enhance research, diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

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