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National Psoriasis Foundation awards 13 psoriasis research fellowships

July 17, 2014

Nearly half a million dollars given to early-career physicians to study psoriatic disease

PORTLAND, Ore., July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Twelve residents and medical students each received a one-year, $50,000 National Psoriasis Foundation fellowship to study psoriasis. The fellowships aim to increase the number of scientists studying and treating psoriatic disease by encouraging promising doctors to dedicate their careers to the study of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis as physician researchers.

The program pairs an early-career doctor with an established psoriatic disease researcher to oversee their work. Learn more about the Psoriasis Foundation fellowship program: www.psoriasis.org/fellowships.

The National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Dermatology Fellows for 2014 are:

    --  Dena Elkeeb, M.D., of University of Utah, will develop a pediatric study
        group within the Utah Psoriasis Initiative to assess the impact of
        systemic corticosteroids on physical characteristics of psoriasis, its
        severity and the patient's overall health.
    --  Aleksandra Florek, M.D., of University of Colorado Denver, will study
        the epidemiology of psoriatic disease and related health risks, or
        comorbidities, and investigate issues related to treating psoriasis,
        such as cost and effectiveness.

The National Psoriasis Foundation Amgen Medical Dermatology Fellowships, supported by a grant from Amgen, are:

    --  Zelma Chiesa Fuxench, M.D., of the University Of Pennsylvania Perelman
        School Of Medicine, will determine risks of major cardiovascular events
        in people with psoriasis and whether treating with the drug Humira
        (adalimumab) improves vascular inflammation. She will also study the
        effect of certain psoriasis treatments on skin cancer risk.
    --  Jessica Donigan, M.D., M.P.H., of Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard
        Medical School, will evaluate why psoriasis plaques appear to be more
        stigmatizing than the lesions from other dermatologic diseases.
    --  Rivka Friedland, M.D., of Northwestern University, will examine the
        safety and efficacy of systemic medications and phototherapy on
        psoriasis in children.
    --  Dario Kivelivetch, M.D., of Baylor Research Institute, will evaluate
        cardiovascular risk in people with psoriasis using coronary artery
        calcium scores, which are special X-ray tests that can check for
        early-stage heart disease to determine its severity.
    --  Davida Kornreich, M.D., of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai,
        will analyze whether applying topicals in different orders changes their
        effectiveness. Kornreich will also study the safety and effectiveness of
        a holistic treatment in moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.
    --  Marina Li, B.S., a third-year medical student at Case Western Reserve
        University, will examine whether reducing skin inflammation also reduces
        blood clots and other signs of cardiovascular disease.
    --  Forum Patel, M.D., of the University of California, Davis, will identify
        if complex sugars called glycans are biomarkers, or biological signs, of
        psoriasis.
    --  Scott Santilli, M.D., of University Hospital Case Medical Center, will
        examine the effect of systemic, or whole-body, psoriasis therapy and its
        potential to regulate cardiovascular risk in people with psoriasis.
    --  Aimee Two, M.D., of University of California, San Diego, will
        investigate the role of dendritic cells, or pro-inflammatory cells in
        the immune system, in psoriasis and whether hyaluronidase, an enzyme
        that may cause dendritic cells to move away from the skin, may be
        effective at stopping inflammation.
    --  Shaowei Wu, M.D., Ph.D., of Brown University, will use data from two
        on-going national Nurses' Health Studies to investigate the relationship
        between pregnancy, menstruation, menopause and postmenopausal hormone
        use in the risk of psoriatic disease.

Additionally, the Dr. Mark G. Lebwohl Medical Dermatology Fellowship recipient, named to recognize Dr. Mark Lebwohl, chairman emeritus of the National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board and one of the world’s leading psoriasis experts, is:

    --  Emily Osier, M.D., of Rady Children's Hospital, University of
        California, San Diego, who will develop screening guidelines for
        comorbidities, or associated health risks, in children with psoriasis.

About the National Psoriasis Foundation

National Psoriasis Foundation is the world’s largest nonprofit organization serving people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Our mission is to find a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and to eliminate their devastating effects through research, advocacy and education. For more information, call the Psoriasis Foundation, headquartered in Portland, Ore., at 800.723.9166, or visit www.psoriasis.org. Follow the Psoriasis Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.

SOURCE National Psoriasis Foundation


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