Founded in 1981Educate, inspire, and connect those touched by ichthyosis and related disorders through emotional support, information, advocacy, and research funding for better treatments and eventual cures.
FIRST officially launched its own Research Grant Program in early 2006. Our grant program promotes and strengthens investigation into the causes, treatments, and potential cures for ichthyosis. With the adoption of this program, the Foundation manages the entire program through the national office. Guided by the Foundation's Research Committee, which is comprised of knowledgeable physicians, scientists, and Foundation leaders, the office administers the annual granting program. Surveys of the ichthyosis community, specifically individuals affected with ichthyosis and their families, have indicated that research is their primary area of interest and their top priority for funds donated to the Foundation. In response to this, the Foundation has initiated this program to promote promising avenues of research by investigators who have a new or established interest in ichthyosis.