Kensington, MD (PRWEB) September 29, 2010
With World Psoriasis Day just one month away on October 29, 2010, the US-based nonprofit Psoriasis Cure Now has launched the World Psoriasis Day Challenge to make the day about increasing worldwide research funding for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. The campaign is on the web here: http://www.WorldPsoriasisDayChallenge.org .
"The number one priority for psoriasis patients worldwide should be to increase research funding for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis," said Michael Paranzino, president of Psoriasis Cure Now. "Leveraging the power of all the world's governments and people toward that end could dramatically speed the development of a cure."
Currently, the United States leads the world in biomedical research funding for all diseases, including for psoriasis. Last year, the U.S. government invested more than $30 billion in medical research funding, or about 76 Euro per American citizen. That's about triple what the next leading nations spent, Canada and the U.K., which spent about 23 Euro per citizen of their countries. The $16 million in U.S. taxpayer funds spent last year on psoriasis research is also believed to be a world record.
"Too many wealthy nations are not carrying their weight in supporting vital medical research that will help scientists unlock new treatments and cures for psoriasis and other serious diseases," added Paranzino. "We propose a friendly competition among nations to see which nation can be doing most in this area by 2015, and we believe psoriasis patients worldwide should lead the charge for this important effort."
At Psoriasis Cure Now's World Psoriasis Day Challenge website, people can learn strategies to help increase research funding in their countries, and even see which wealthy nation is spending just 8 Euro per citizen on medical research funding.
"Patient organizations around the world need to work together to get their governments to increase funding for life-enhancing and life-saving research. This will help not just psoriasis patients, but people battling cancer, HIV/AIDS, and so many other illnesses and diseases. World Psoriasis Day is a great day to begin this effort," Paranzino concluded.
For more information, visit http://www.WorldPsoriasisDayChallenge.org .