Skin scientists hope to increase public understanding of psoriasis
26 Oct 2011
University of Manchester researchers will be raising awareness of the skin condition psoriasis at two public events this autumn.
Psoriasis is a chronic, currently incurable skin condition that affects more than one million people in the United Kingdom. It is characterised by red, scaling patches of skin.
Leading dermatologist Professor Chris Griffiths and his team in the School of Translational Medicine at The University of Manchester and Manchester Academic Health Science Centre have an international reputation for research into the skin disease and are supporting the Psoriasis Association, a national charity, during their awareness week starting 1 November.
Professor Griffiths said: “Psoriasis can be very distressing for patients and can have a major impact upon their quality of life. There are many common misconceptions concerning the condition. For example, psoriasis is not contagious. Public awareness is vital to create a better understanding of the disease and the far-reaching impact it has on the lives of people who suffer from it."
The group will be running a psoriasis awareness stall at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust on the morning of Wednesday, 2 November. Staff will be on hand to discuss the condition with both sufferers and non-sufferers between 9am and 12.30pm.
The team will also be available to discuss their research at Manchester Science Festival’s 'Science Spectacular' on Saturday, 29 October, in Whitworth Hall, Oxford Road, The University of Manchester, from 11am to 3pm.
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