NEA-Funded Projects

Since 2004, NEA has funded innovative pilot projects that focus on issues important to the eczema community. Here’s a sampling of some of our key research projects and their findings.

Host-Mycobiome Interactions in Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis

Pranab K. Mukherjee, Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University
Final Report

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

Nelissa Perez-Nazario, Ph.D.
University of Rochester Medical Center
Final Report
Final Layman’s Report

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

Suephy C. Chen, M.D., MS
Emory University
Final Report

Crowdsourcing Eczema Social Media Conversations

Korey Capozza, MPH

Final Report

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

Cheryl Riley-Doucet Ph.D., RN, and Hongwei Qu, Ph.D.
Oakland University, Rochester Hills, MI
Final Report

Mental Health Comorbidity in Atopic Dermatitis

Eric Simpson, M.D., MCR
Oregon Health & Science University
Final Report

Rodent Model of Atopic Dermatitis Associated with Itch Sensitization

Tasuku Akiyama, Ph.D.
University of California, 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, M.D.
University of Rochester Medical Center
Final Report

Genome-wide Analysis of Atopic Dermatitis

Patrick Brown, M.D. Ph.D., and Annika Saaf, Ph.D.
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, M.D., MPH, and Michael A. Fisher, M.D., 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
MD Anderson Cancer Center

University of Texas
Final Report

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

Gil Yospovitch, M.D. and Robert Coghill, Ph.D.
Wake Forest University
Final Report

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

Gil Yospovitch, M.D., and Robert Coghill, Ph.D.
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, M.D., and Lisa A. Beck, M.D.
Department of Dermatology
University of Rochester
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.
University of California, San Diego
Final Report

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

Eric Simpson, M.D.
Oregon Health & Science University
Final Report, Part 1
Final Report, Part 2

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