One of Alopecia UK’s aims is Research. It is something that the charity is very keen to be involved in but any research activities, since Alopecia UK’s inception in 2004, have been limited according to the income received by the charity as well as the skills and knowledge of the team.
Although Alopecia UK has not been in a position to fund research up to 2017, we have always been very supportive of researchers, both medical and psychological, recruiting participants for studies and surveys. Alopecia UK received a donation of £20,000 from the European Hair Research Society in 2013 which was used to fund a Hair Loss Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) with the James Lind Alliance. The PSP established the top ten priorities for research for both alopecia areata and other hair loss disorders. The process will hopefully help shape future alopecia research and help future researchers to secure the funding they need.
In the past couple of years, since Alopecia UK took on its first full time members of staff, the charity’s income has jumped up rapidly. Our reserves have grown and we are now in a position to directly fund research.The recent merger with Autoimmune Alopecia Research UK (AAR-UK) is extremely exciting for the alopecia community. Alopecia UK has matched the funds brought across from AAR-UK and is providing it to the merged charity’s newly formed Research Committee to use for future research activities, including the Biobank which was started by AAR-UK.