Council plans more research on psoriasis' genetic links

June 26, 2012

The International Psoriasis Council is encouraging cooperation among researchers and seeks to further the study of the genetic basis of psoriasis, according to a report published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

London - The International Psoriasis Council is encouraging cooperation among researchers and seeks to further the study of the genetic basis of psoriasis, according to a report published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

The report highlights progress that has been made in genome-wide studies that study the pathogenic pathways leading to the skin disease, according to an IPC news release. Researchers expect to use this work to conduct a joint scientific, laboratory and patient-related study aimed at better defining the genetic architecture of psoriasis.

“This is a landmark effort since it brings together the world’s leading experts in the fields of genetics and psoriasis, and with it the potential to deliver better future treatments,” said IPC President Peter van de Kerkhof.

The collaborative effort is expected to provide a foundation for innovative approaches to novel treatment strategies for psoriasis, and for defining therapeutic responses to treatments in specific psoriasis patients by creating a bridge between the genotype and the phenotype of the disease, the IPC reports.

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