The new research will investigate many factors of the skin disease like changes over lifetime, new therapy pathways, and the science behind itch and inflammation.
The National Eczema Association (NEA) recently announced the recipients for its 2021 research grants, including 9 investigators with grants totaling $515,000. The total monetary investment was increased from 2020, where the NEA put forth $310,00 and only 6 recipients were chosen.
The NEA is the largest private nonprofit funder of eczema research and has invested over $2.2 million since its first grant was awarded in 2004, according to the release. The grants help support a deeper understanding of the symptoms, comorbidities, and burdens of eczema. Additionally, the organization provides insights into the biology contributing to the disease, targets for new potential treatment strategies, furthering the ability to improve patient care, and disease prevention.
"Eczema affects over 31 million people in the US alone, many with severe, even debilitating impacts to their life and yet we do not see an appropriate investment in research," said Julie Block, CEO of NEA, Novato, California."We've been working hard to fill this gap, to increase the number of scientists, research projects, and research dollars devoted to eczema which will lead to better therapies, better care, better outcomes—and one day, potentially a cure."
The 4 categories for the grants, and the grant recipients were:
Impact Research Grant – New for 2021, this award provides funding support for collaborative research projects to conduct multi-institution innovative eczema research.
Champion Research Grant– Encourages proven researchers to continue research on emerging or ongoing challenges in eczema or bring their expertise to the field of eczema.
Catalyst Research Grant – Designed to support talented early-career scientists on the path toward becoming the next generation of eczema thought leaders by supporting hypothesis-driven research projects.
Engagement Research Grant – Intended for emerging investigators exploring a new research concept, piloting a new experiment, or undertaking a novel or secondary data analysis.
Learn more about NEA's ongoing support of eczema research.
Nine investigators to receive grants for eczema research. Cision PR Newswire. Press Release. Published December 21, 2021. Accessed January 4, 2022. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nine-investigators-to-receive-grants-for-eczema-research-301448748.html