NAAF Awards Two Grants for Pediatric Alopecia Areata Research

Jan 24, 2023

NAAF is pleased to announce that it has awarded two grants to further research into alopecia areata in children and adolescents. Each recipient of the Pediatric Alopecia Areata Challenge Grant will receive $50,000 for a 12-month investigation.

NAAF partnered with the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance (PeDRA) to launch the Challenge Grant. Following a competitive review process, Dr. Chantal Cotter, MD, of St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, King’s College London, received the grant for her project entitled “Alopecia & Us: studying the impact of alopecia areata to adolescents and the family.” This grant is funded jointly by NAAF and PeDRA. This study will examine the impact of alopecia areata on adolescent patients’ sense of well-being, their risk of mental health disorders, and on their family’s quality of life via an online data collection platform.

NAAF funded a second award from this competitive grant round as well. Dr. Benjamin Ungar, MD, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai received the grant for his project entitled “High dimensional characterization of the systemic immune profile of pediatric alopecia areata.” This study will characterize the immune cell profile and circulating inflammatory biomarkers in blood samples from pediatric alopecia areata patients, to better understand the inflammatory process in the disease.

NAAF is excited to support these projects that will increase understanding of the mechanisms and burden of alopecia areata in younger patients.

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