Forging the Future: 2018 Alopecia Areata Research Summit Summary Report

Jan 30, 2019

The seventh Alopecia Areata Research Summit, Forging the Future, provided a forum for expert researchers and clinicians from a variety of fields to present cutting-edge research, disseminate results from ongoing projects, and foster collaboration around the best ways to further advance alopecia areata research. 

The 113 Summit participants who gathered December 4 and 5, 2018, in New York City included 33 expert researchers within and outside the field of alopecia areata, 26 early career investigators, 34 biopharmaceutical industry representatives, 10 patient advocates, and 10 representatives from government and other organizations, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the International Dermatology Outcome Measures (IDEOM). All together, more than 35 academic institutions and research centers from the United States and eight countries across the globe were represented.

Our three outstanding co-chairs, Drs. Jerry Shapiro, Natasha Mesinkovska and Angela Christiano, organized two intensive days of scientific programming focused on: (1) the current state of alopecia areata research; (2) clinical research and outcome assessments; (3) patient engagement in clinical development; (4) new frontiers in basic science; and (5) epidemiology, health economics and the burden of this disease. 

Click here to read the full report with highlights of the research presented in each topic area, and the future research priorities identified during targeted discussion sessions.

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