American academy of dermatology honors cicatricial alopecia research foundation (CARF) with two golden triangle awards
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American academy of dermatology honors cicatricial alopecia research foundation (CARF) with two golden triangle awards

CARF Recognized for the First CARF Patient Conference and the CARF Website at the recent American Academy of Dermatology gold triangle awards in San Diego

LOS ANGELES – July 7 – The American Academy of Dermatology established the gold triangle awards to recognize media, industry, health community, public service, and individual accomplishments that further the understanding of dermatologic issues and encourage healthy behavior in the care of skin, hair and nails. The Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation (CARF) will receive two of these prestigious Gold Triangle Awards at the 10th Annual Gold Triangle Awards ceremony to be held on July 27th, 2006 in San Diego. “We are honored and delighted to receive these two esteemed awards,” said Sheila Belkin, who co-founded the Foundation along with Vera H. Price M.D.

One award was for the First Cicatricial Alopecia Patient Conference held in San Francisco in August 2005, where the lives of 60 individuals were changed forever as a result of participating in the historic event. Cicatricial (scarring) alopecia includes a group of rare disorders that are difficult to treat and cause permanent hair loss, often with much pain, itching and burning. Patients describe their symptoms as “hair on fire.” At the Conference, patients from across the United States, their families, doctors and nurses had the opportunity to meet other patients, learn about the latest treatments and cosmetic solutions, ask questions of expert clinicians and researchers, participate in small group discussions, share experiences, make friends, and offer support. “Rave reviews were given by all who attended, and the successful first conference led to the second patient conference held in Minneapolis in May 2006,” reported Ms Belkin, CARF’S Chief Executive Officer.

A second award was for CARF’s website, www.carfintl.org, which is the sole educational forum in the world dedicated to serving individuals with cicatricial alopecia, the medical community and the general public. The unique website provides easy access to important current information including Frequently Asked Questions answered by CARF’s Scientific Advisors, all leading clinicians and researchers. The site also contains photographic illustrations, up to date references, and information about opportunities to meet other people with an interest in hair and these rare disorders.

About C.A.R.F. The Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation (C.A.R.F.) was formed in 2001 as a result of one person's experience with scarring alopecia (cicatricial means scarring). When the patient realized that little is known about such disorders, she decided, with the help of her doctor, to initiate a grass roots effort to raise funds for research to find effective treatments and a cure, to support education and advocacy, and to raise public awareness of these rare diseases.
The Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation is a tax exempt, non-for-profit organization. C.A.R.F. funds are available to support research that will enhance our knowledge about this difficult group of diseases. To learn more about CARF research opportunities and activities, please visit www.carfintl.org.

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