This week you'll find me blogging over at the National Eczema Association website. I interviewed Donald Leung of National Jewish Health about the Atopic Dermatitis Research Network. Three years in to a $42M program to investigate the links between genetics and our susceptibility to skin infections, the ADRN is registering patients with the NIH before proceeding with clinical trials.
They still need black and Hispanic patients to sign up--eczema, genetics, and skin pathogens are different for different ethnic groups. The better your demographic is represented in the trials, the more that scientists will learn that applies to you.
The ADRN has centers in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Portland OR, and Rochester NY.
If you're interested in participating, email Judy Lairsmith at National Jewish or call 1-888-413-5852.