What’s New at GRAPPA


The GRAPPA Executive Committee would like to thank Chris Ritchlin and Oliver FitzGerald for their dedicated service as co-chairs of the GRAPPA Research/Collaborative Research Network (CRN) Committee.  The GRAPPA Research/CRN Committee is advisory with the overarching role of driving and supporting research within the GRAPPA organisation.

With Chris and Oliver’s terms ending, we invite members of GRAPPA to consider applying for the vacant co-chair leadership positions and for general committee member vacancies. Ideally, the Research/CRN Committee chairpersons should be a rheumatologist and a dermatologist.

For further information and the CRN Terms of Reference click here.

Interested applicants should send a letter of intent and CV to [email protected] by January 31, 2022.


Introducing GRAPPA's New Executive Director

We are happy to announce the hiring of GRAPPA’s new executive director, Judi Pickell, due to Sharon Andrews’ retirement at the end of this year. Judi is a skilled nonprofit organization manager with years of professional executive director experience. The executive committee is impressed with her related background in non-profit work and believe that her experience and energy will guide GRAPPA as this organization continues to grow.

Judi lives in Utah. She started training virtually with Sharon this week. We are confident the transition will be smooth. Her new email address is: [email protected].

Finally, on behalf of all the GRAPPA family, we would like to thank Sharon for her incredible years of service to the GRAPPA organisation which are now sadly coming to an end. We wish Sharon every happiness and success in her retirement.


Thank you to all who attended the recent GRAPPA Adjacent to ACR meeting. The on-demand video can be found here https://youtu.be/2qSxSagvgxw. Click here for the agenda.

Save the Dates:
GRAPPA Adjacent to AAD 2022

GRAPPA Adjacent to AAD will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2022, from 5:30 - 7:20 pm EST in Boston. An in person meeting is currently planned
Registration and an agenda are forthcoming.

Hold the date: GRAPPA 2022 Annual Meeting & Trainee Symposium, Brooklyn, New York, July 14-16, 2022

2021 Virtual Annual Meeting & Trainee Symposium

The on-demand videos of all sessions from the 2021 Annual Meeting & Trainee Symposium are now available on this website. Find the links under the "Events" tab and "Annual Meeting and Trainee Symposium." 

COVID-19 Vaccines and Psoriatic Disease

Do you have questions about the new COVID-19 vaccines for people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis? Click here to read a joint guidance statement from IFPA and GRAPPA.

GRAPPA COVID-19 Guidance Statement

This guidance was prepared by rheumatologists, dermatologists and patient members of GRAPPA to provide guidance to persons with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis during the current COVID-19 pandemic, in particular to those taking immunosuppressant medicines. Click here to read entire statement.

GRAPPA’s “A Patient’s Guide to Treatments for Psoriatic Arthritis”

This guide is now available free for download. Written in lay language, it explains current treatments for psoriatic disease. Health care professionals are encouraged to provide it to their patients. The guide was written by members of GRAPPA’s patient research partner team, with support from GRAPPA’s treatment recommendations group. Printing instructions are supplied in a separate pdf. To download, please click on this icon:

GRAPPA Mission

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.

The GRAPPA app!

The GRAPPA app, available in Apple and Android formats, is free to download from the Apple store and the Google Play Store. Designed to be used by physicians, this app includes various calculators. Languages include: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (standard and Brazilian), Russian, German, Arabic, Chinese (simplified, Hong Kong and Taiwan), Japanese, Hebrew and Swedish.

The app is free to download to all, both GRAPPA members and non-members. Here are the links:


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