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We are Stronger Together!

The annual National Alopecia Areata Foundation Conference is the largest gathering of the alopecia areata community in the world…and you are invited!


Support The Future of Alopecia Areata Research and Services

Help the alopecia areata community now and for years to come. We are excited to announce our partnership with FreeWill, a complimentary online tool designed to help with your estate planning. You can help support alopecia research, support, and awareness by directing a gift to NAAF through your will or estate plan..


FDA Approves LITFULO™ (ritlecitinib) for Adults and Children Ages 12+ with Severe Alopecia Areata 

Learn about the second U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved treatment for alopecia areata.


Find a Youth Mentor

NAAF’s Youth Mentor Program connects children living with alopecia areata to dedicated young adult mentors to formulate lasting bonds while providing support and guidance on dealing with the day-to-day challenges stemming from alopecia areata.

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What is Alopecia Areata?

Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune disease, causing sudden hair loss on the scalp, face, and sometimes other areas of the body. There are different levels of alopecia areata severity. The three main types of alopecia areata are patchy, alopecia totalis (total hair loss on the scalp), and alopecia universalis (total hair loss on the body).

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Latest News

Emma Guttman #News

NAAF Applauds NIH Award to Mount Sinai for Alopecia Areata Research

Emma Guttman-Yassky, MD, PhD The National Alopecia Areata Foundation applauds the announcement that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has…

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NAAF Team Attends American Academy of Dermatology Meeting in San Diego

Members of the NAAF team represented the organization and the alopecia areata patient community at the 2024 Annual Meeting of…

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Dr. Brett King to Speak at NAAF Conference

It was June 2014 when the electrifying news came out of Yale University that a dermatologist named Brett King saw…

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NAAF’s Youngest Legislative Mentor Scores Success

Stephanie Milewski, age 12, signed up to be a Legislative Mentor (a legislative advocate under voting age) this past November….

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Aziza Shuler to Speak at NAAF Patient Conference This June

Emmy Award-winning CBS Philadelphia and Reporter Aziza Shuler will be the closing speaker at NAAF’s Patient Conference in Washington, DC,…

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NAAF Adds Two New Board Members

            NAAF is proud to announce that David Granson and Lisa Bard Levine, MD, MBA,…

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Dr. Lindsay Criswell #Advocacy

NIAMS Leadership Meets with NAAF

Key leaders of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) met with NAAF President & CEO,…

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NAAF Grants: Student Internship Awards and Travel Grant Applications Now Open

Applications for Student Internship Awards for 2024 are now open. These awards support students (undergraduate, graduate, or medical), residents, or…

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We Are Stronger Together!

Wherever you or your loved one is on their journey with alopecia, we are strongest when we come together as…

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Alopecia Areata Research Depends on Clinical Trial Volunteers

Media reports of two newly approved drugs for treating alopecia areata brought good news to many people living with the…

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Patient Voices: Alopecia areata clinical trial experiences

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2024 – 7PM ET/ 6PM CT/ 4PM PT Have…

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Awareness Month Partners

This Alopecia Areata Awareness Month, NAAF wishes to thank the following vendors, businesses and individuals who are Awareness Month Partners…

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Be a NAAF Conference Volunteer

Become a NAAF Conference Volunteer NAAF is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers for our annual alopecia areata patient conference. We…

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Support Groups

Join A Support Group After an alopecia areata diagnosis, it is important to realize that you are not alone. NAAF…

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One-on-One Phone Support

Would you like some one-on-one phone support? NAAF can help you with that. There are several things you can do…

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NAAF Youth Mentor Program

Have you heard of the NAAF Youth Mentor Program? Do you have a child or teen with alopecia areata between…

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