New psoriasis study will tackle physical and psychological needs of patients

05 Jan 2011

A £2 million study has been launched at The University of Manchester aiming to improve the care of people with psoriasis.

The IMPACT team
The IMPACT team

The five-year IMPACT Programme (Identification and Management of Psoriasis Associated ComorbidiTy) has received a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) grant to fund research into the physical and psychological needs of psoriasis patients.

Psoriasis is an incurable skin condition that affects at least 2% of the population and is characterised by red, flaky patches of skin.

Co-investigator Dr Lis Cordingley, who is based in the University’s School of Community-Based Medicine, said: “The award recognises the wide ranging impact that psoriasis and associated co-morbidities has upon the lives of people with this condition”.

World-renowned dermatologist Professor Chris Griffiths, based in the University’s School of Translational Medicine, is leading the research. He said: “Psoriasis can be very distressing for patients and can have a major impact upon their quality of life. Furthermore, it appears that many psoriasis patients may be at increased risk of developing other conditions, including depression and cardiovascular disease.

“The award of this grant will allow us to ascertain the true association between psoriasis and these conditions and will enable us to design community-based services that will be of direct benefit to this overlooked group of people.”

Along with a strong multidisciplinary team of academics and clinicians, patient representatives have been involved in the planning and design of the project. Helen McAteer is Chairman of the Psoriasis Association and co-investigator on the IMPACT project.

She said: “The Psoriasis Association is honoured to be involved with IMPACT. The quality of research relating to psoriasis that has been undertaken in Manchester is recognised on a global level, and has greatly increased understanding of this complex condition in a number of disciplines.” 

Volunteers will be recruited from the collaborating NHS primary care and hospital trusts.

A celebration of Manchester’s clinical research in psoriasis was held at The University of Manchester to mark the launch of the project. The series of presentations ranged from basic science to applied research, and gave PhD students a platform alongside more experienced researchers.

Dr Cordingley added: “The event was a great opportunity to showcase the broad range of cutting-edge psoriasis related research taking place in Manchester. We were delighted to be able to share this with an audience of clinicians, academics and Psoriasis Association members.”


Notes for editors

Picture caption (from left to right): Ms Helen McAteer , Prof Linda Davies, Ms Alison Littlewood (IMPACT Programme manager), Prof Carolyn Chew-Graham, Prof Christopher Griffiths, Pat Bowker (Salford Representative for Psoriasis Association) Dr Lis Cordingley, Dr Christine Bundy

About the NIHR

The Department of Health established the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to provide the framework for publicly funded health research in England.

Programme Grants for Applied Research are prestigious awards of up to £2m over a period of three to five years, directed towards leading researchers who can demonstrate an impressive track-record of achievement in applied health research. Each programme will fund a series of related projects which form a coherent theme in an area of priority or need for the NHS.

This report/article presents independent research commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Programme Grants for Applied Research scheme (RP-PG-0608-10163). The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.

Collaborating primary care trusts:

Ashton Leigh and Wigan PCT; East Lancs PCT

Collaborating hospital trusts:

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

For further information about the study contact:

Alison Littlewood
Programme Manager

Email: alison.j.
Tel : 0161 275 7314/6089

Media enquiries to:

Aeron Haworth
Media Relations
Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences
The University of Manchester

Tel: 0161 275 8383