KENSINGTON, Md., Feb. 11 "Psoriasis Cure Now,"a nonprofit patient advocacy group, today applauded Congress and the NationalInstitutes of Health (NIH) for delivering a record $10 million in psoriasisresearch funding during fiscal year 2007. Psoriasis research hastraditionally been underfunded at NIH. Since 1995, NIH funding on otherdiseases has risen 159% (before inflation), but psoriasis and psoriaticarthritis research had been stuck between $5 and $6 million every year from FY1995 until FY 2006, when it reached $8 million, and now $10 million in FY2007.
"Psoriasis Cure Now was founded in 2005 because it was disturbing to seepsoriasis research funding not even keep pace with inflation as research onother diseases more than doubled," said Michael Paranzino, president ofPsoriasis Cure Now. "We are thrilled to see Congress and NIH working toreverse this funding shortfall with the second significant funding increase ina row."
Even after two years of strong growth, psoriasis research at NIH remains$40 million short of what would have been invested in psoriasis research hadits funding merely kept pace with NIH's growth since 1995. Psoriasis Cure Nowhas urged policymakers to increase annual psoriasis and psoriatic arthritisresearch to $20 million by 2010, reflecting the disease's severe impact onmillions of Americans and the years that were lost as psoriasis fundinglanguished.
"Many people helped get funding for psoriasis research moving in the rightdirection," Paranzino added, "from the citizens who wrote letters to andvisited with their lawmakers, to leaders like Reps. Rosa DeLauro, Ralph Regulaand Jim Gerlach, Chairmen Tom Harkin and David Obey, and Senator ArlenSpecter. The NIH and NIAMS leadership also deserve our thanks for supportingvaluable research that will lead to treatment breakthroughs in the yearsahead. With new research linking psoriasis to increased risk of heart attackand even premature death, continued increases in psoriasis research could notbe more timely."
For more information, visit the Psoriasis Cure Now homepage athttp://www.psoriasis-cure-now.org.
SOURCE Psoriasis Cure Now