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DKK 870,000 for project on stress and dermatological diseases

2017.03.07 | Tina Christensen

Researchers from Department of Clinical Epidemiology and colleagues from Department of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have received a total of DKK 870,000 for the project “Loss of partner as a measure of severe stress and the risk of psoriasis and other dermatological diseases”. The European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology has awarded a grant of DKK 670,000, while Manufacturer Einar Willumsens Memorial Trust and the Danish Psoriasis Research Foundation each have awarded DKK 100,000. It is commonly assumed that various dermatological diseases may be provoked and made worse by stress. However, there is a lack of large, controlled population-based high-quality studies to support this assumption. This is partly due to the fact that it is difficult to measure stress objectively. Stress is perceived individually and the ability to overcome or cope with stress varies. To loose one’s partner or spouse is considered one of the most stressful events one can experience and will result in a negative stress reaction in most people regardless of coping mechanisms. The aim of the project is to look at a possible relation between loss of partner, as a surrogate measure of severe stress, and the subsequent risk of psoriasis.

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