National Rosacea Society Awards Additional Grants for Research

10/25/2017

The National Rosacea Society (NRS) has awarded funding for 3 new studies, in addition to continuing support for 3 ongoing studies, as part of its research grants program to increase knowledge and understanding of the causes and other key aspects of rosacea that may lead to improvements in its management, prevention or potential cure.

“Scientific investigations have increasingly mapped the details of rosacea’s pathophysiology, opening the way for the development of new advances in medical therapy,” said Dr. Hilary Baldwin, associate professor of dermatology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a member of the NRS medical advisory board, which selects proposals for funding. “The NRS research grants program, which is entirely funded by rosacea patients, has played a leadership role in making this important progress possible.”

Benjamin Kaffenberger, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at the Ohio State University, and colleagues were awarded $25,000 to develop a computer program for a rosacea scoring system that will identify and count rosacea lesions and measure redness to provide reliably reproducible scores for physicians and patients. Their goal is the creation of open-source, freely available software that may easily be used by scientific investigators, clinicians and patients to speed diagnosis and assessment, and to help make research easier and more consistent.

Raja Sivamani, MD, MS, associate professor of clinical dermatology at the University of California-Davis, and colleagues were awarded $25,000 to study how the skin and eyelid oils, known as lipids, are altered in individuals with cutaneous and ocular rosacea, and whether any deficiencies lead to the papules (bumps) and pustules (pimples) of rosacea as well as the eye dryness and irritation of ocular rosacea. They will also study how medications might alter the lipid profile to restore both the skin barrier and tear film stability.

Hester Lim, MD, a postdoctoral research fellow in dermatology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and colleagues were awarded $25,000 for a retrospective study of the association of rosacea with gastrointestinal (GI) disease over a 5-year period, as well as the possible impact of medications in the relationship between rosacea and GI disease, including malabsorption, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, Helicobacter pylori infection and others. The cases studied will include all individuals with a diagnosis of rosacea in the Johns Hopkins electronic medical record database since 2011.

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