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Our Research

Since 2004, the National Eczema Association has devoted a substantial percentage of its annual budget to funding eczema research.

The NEA research program centers on small, innovative projects that further our understanding of eczema. We provide qualified researchers with seed grants to help prove a scientific concept related to eczema and gather a body of meaningful data. Once proof-of-concept is achieved and the data gathered, these scientists can then go on seek funding from large institutions such as the National Institutes of Health.

Our research agenda is guided by our Board of Directors, Scientific Advisory Committee, and a lay board of people affected by eczema. NEA’s overall research agenda focuses on discovery related to “burden of disease,” which measures the impact of a disease on the individual and its impact on society. In particular, the NEA research program funds studies that explore:

  • The impact of eczema on sleep patterns and the effect poor sleep quality has on the individual;
  • The economic burden of uncontrolled eczema as measured by loss of productivity; job absenteeism and presenteeism; over-use of medical services; and cost to the individual to manage the condition;
  • How eczema symptoms such as itch and pain affect quality of life;
  • The connection between eczema and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

For more than a decade, the National Eczema Association has funded research studies that explore the issues important to our community. Some notable finding from our scientists include:

Read more findings from NEA’s research program.

You can help us further eczema research by making a donation to the National Eczema Association. You can also get involved directly with eczema research by joining NEA’s People Engaged in Eczema Research (PEER) program.

Interested in applying for a research grant from the National Eczema Association?