NEA Funded Research

The NEA Research Program is supported by the generous donations of our community members.

NEA Research Grants

Since 2004, NEA has funded research on topics of primary importance to the eczema sufferer: itch, infection, skin barrier function, prevention and psycho-social aspects of the condition. Many research projects funded by NEA have resulted in multimillion dollar funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This is a tremendous return on our members’ investments in NEA’s research program!

All Final Reports in Adobe PDF Format

Host-Mycobiome Interactions in Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis

Pranab K. Mukherjee, PhD
Case Western Reserve University
Final Report: PENDING

Bleach Baths Normalize Skin Barrier Function, Diminish Th2 Inflammation and Improve Pruritus

Nelissa Perez-Nazario, PhD
University of Rochester Medical Center
Final Report: PENDING

The Efficacy of Meditation for Treatment of Chronic Pruritus: A Pilot Trial for Eczema Patients

Suephy C. Chen, MD, MS
Emory University
Final Report

Crowdsourcing Eczema Social Media Conversations

Korey Capozza, MPH
HealthInsight
Final Report

Creation and Evaluation of Eczema Education Videos

Susan Huang, MD and Lilit Garibyan, MD, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Final Report: PENDING

A Randomized, Controlled, Evaluator-Blinded Study to Evaluate the Efficacy of a Lay Community Health Worker Program in Decreasing the Severity of Atopic Dermatitis (Ad) in Spanish-Speaking Latino Pediatric Patients

Amit Pandya, MD & Arturo R. Dominguez, MD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX
Final Report: PENDING

Assessment of Autonomous Multisensory Intervention Device to Detect and Manage Nighttime Pruritus Among Children with Atopic Dermatitis

Cheryl Riley-Doucet PhD, RN & Hongwei Qu, PhD
Oakland University
, Rochester Hills, MI
Final Report

Mental Health Comorbidity in Atopic Dermatitis

Eric Simpson, MD, MCR
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR
Final Report


Rodent Model of Atopic Dermatitis Associated with Itch Sensitization

Tasuku Akiyama, PhD
University of California at Davis
Final Scientific Report
Final Layman’s Report


Identifying Pathways that Enhance Epidermal Barrier Integrity as New Treatment Approaches for Atopic Dermatitis

Anna De Benedetto, MD
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY
Final Report


Genome-wide Analysis of Atopic Dermatitis

Patrick Brown, MD PhD and Annika Saaf, PhD
Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine
Stanford University Medical Center
Final Report


Topical Calcineurin Inhibitors for Atopic Dermatitis: Balancing Clinical Benefit and Possible Risks

Abrar A. Qureshi, MD, MPH and Michael A. Fisher, MD, MS
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Final Report


Do Alopecia Areata and Atopic Dermatitis Share HLA Alleles and Cytokine Profiles?

Nazila Barahmani, MD
Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
Final Report


The Central Processing of Pruritus in Atopic Dermatitis using Arterial Spin Labeling Functional MRI

Gil Yospovitch, MD and Robert Coghill, PhD
Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
Wake Forest University
Final Report


The Effect of Visual Stimuli on Itch Perception Intensity in Healthy and Atopic Dermatitis Patients

Gil Yospovitch, MD and Robert Coghill, PhD
Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
Wake Forest University
Final Report


Why Subjects with Atopic Dermatitis (AD), as Compared to Non-Atopic, Healthy Controls, Have a Barrier Defect in the Skin That Makes Them More Susceptible to Skin Infections

Anna De Benedetto, MD and, Lisa A. Beck MD
Department of Dermatology
University of Rochester (NY)
Final Report


Cathelicidin Antimicrobial Peptides Influence Mast Cell Granule Composition and Release: Control of Itch by the Innate Immune System

Anna Di Nardo, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Dermatology
University of California, San Diego
Final Report


The Role of the Skin Barrier in the Development and Prevention of Atopic Dermatitis

Eric Simpson, MD
Department of Dermatology
Oregon Health & Science University
Final Report, Part 1
Final Report, Part 2