New grants are available from the National Rosacea Society (NRS) in 2007 to support research into the potential causes and other key aspects of rosacea, a chronic and often life-disruptive disorder of the facial skin and eyes, now estimated to affect 14 million Americans. The awarding of five research grants totaling $125,000 was announced earlier this year.
"Scientific understanding of this complex disorder is continuing to build as this important research grants program goes into its ninth year," said Dr. Jonathan Wilkin, chairman of the NRS medical advisory board. "We are grateful for the many thousands of contributions from rosacea patients that make this program possible."
Application forms for research grants can be obtained by contacting the National Rosacea Society, 800 South Northwest Highway, Suite 200, Barrington, Illinois 60010, telephone 888/662-5874, fax 847/382-5567, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by filling out the request form here. The deadline for submitting applications is September 15, 2007. Grants will be issued following selection by the medical advisory board.
Members of the medical advisory board include Dr. Jonathan Wilkin, chairman; Dr. Lynn Drake, Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School and former president of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD); Dr. Mark Dahl, chairman of dermatology, Mayo Clinic Scottsdale and former AAD president; Dr. Richard Odom, professor of clinical dermatology, University of California-San Francisco and former AAD president; Dr. David Norris, chairman of dermatology, University of Colorado and former president of the Society for Investigative Dermatology; Dr. Frank Powell, Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Dublin, Ireland; Dr. Michael Detmar, associate professor of dermatology, Harvard Medical School; and Dr. Bryan Sires, clinical associate professor of ophthalmology, University of Washington.
Because the etiology of rosacea is unknown, a high priority in awarding grants will be given to studies relating to such areas as the pathogenesis, progression, mechanism of action, cell biology and potential genetic factors of rosacea. Research in such areas as epidemiology, predisposition, quality of life and relationships with environmental and lifestyle factors may also be funded.
More information on the NRS research grants program may be found at www.rosacea.org/grants/.
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