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Novel and innovative science is paramount to building upon what we already know and taking it one step further.

Research is fundamental to the Scarring Alopecia Foundation’s (SAF) mission and has been a top priority since its inception in 2004. SAF is in a unique position to align the resources necessary to provide hope for those with scarring alopecia today and a cure for tomorrow. With a renowned Scientific Advisory Board and generous donors, SAF can offer research grants to those that are meritorious and as funds allow.

Due to budget constraints this year, SAF is unable to sponsor research grants, but will be convening a cohort of key opinion leaders to discuss future plans. This cohort will be addressing questions like:
  • What is going on in the world of science that holds the most promise for scarring alopecia?
  • What are the obstacles to advancing discoveries for scarring alopecia?
  • What new technologies present the best scenario for collaboration around treatments and research?
  • What ways can SAF help facilitate interactions between science, medicine and patients?
  • Where should SAF use its limited resources to have the biggest impact for our members who are living daily with this condition?
  • What should we realistically strive for in the future?


Previously Funded SAF Grants
• Sebaceous gland dysfunction as a driver of scarring alopecia

• Prevalence and risk factors for the development of Cicatricial Alopecia: A population study of hair loss in African American women across the United States

• Lipidomic Analysis of Cicatricial Alopecia Mouse Models

• MicroRNA expression and function in Lichen Planopilaris (LPP)
• Comparative evaluation of the lipidome in sebaceous glands of lichen planopilaris and normal hair follicles

• Endogenous retinoids in the pathogenesis of Cicatrical Alopecia

• Epithelial-mesenchymal transistion (EMT) of human hair follicle epithelial stem cells in situ: Identification of controls that can be targeted to suppress scarring in lichen planopilaris and chronic cutaneous lupus erythematosus

• Cicatricial Alopecia in Tal1 Mutant Mice

• The role of neurogenic inflammation in symptomatic Lichen Planopilaris (LPP)

• Molecular characterization of a novel mouse ENU-induced mutation causing Cicatricial Alopecia with neurophilic infiltrates

• The role of perilipin family of lipid droplet-associated proteins in sebaceous lipogenesis
Utilizing skin lipid profiles to Identify dermatological diseases

• An immunohistochemical study of Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA)

• Role of PPAR gamma regulatory pathways in scarring alopecias

• Characterization of hair follicle bulge immune privilege status in Lichen Planopilaris (LPP)

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