24 May 2019

The burden of psoriasis throughout the World is huge. The need to understand and uncover how psoriasis affects both the individual and society at large is in demand. The Global Psoriasis Atlas is a longterm project that seeks to become the ‘go-to’ evidence-based resource within the understanding of psoriasis and its effects on people and society all over the World.

The LEO Foundation is the lead supporter of the Global Psoriasis Atlas with a grant of 850,000 EUR, and we have just had the pleasure to meet up with the team behind the Global Psoriasis Atlas at the LEO Foundation Headquarter in Copenhagen.

“If it hadn’t been for the LEO Foundation, there would be no Global Psoriasis Atlas,” says Professor Chris Griffiths, Director of the Global Psoriasis Atlas.

The Global Psoriasis Atlas’ mission is to provide the common benchmark on the complete burden of psoriasis in all countries and regions throughout the World. Despite the contribution of existing published epidemiological studies to the understanding of the occurrence of psoriasis, further international research is needed to better define the global burden of the disease.

A web-based Atlas with open access

The Global Psoriasis Atlas is the leading epidemiological resource on psoriasis globally; thus informing research, policy and healthcare provision for the disease worldwide.

It will all be encapsulated by the launch of the web-based Atlas in October 2019.

The first edition will focus on the incidence and prevalence of psoriasis around the World, while future additions will be expanded to include access to treatment, comorbidities and cost to society.

“A mapping of psoriasis globally has unique opportunities, and I’m looking forward to follow the  Global Psoriasis Atlas, and see how it can help improve the lives for people around the World, who are living with psoriasis,” says Jesper Mailind, CEO of the LEO Foundation.

The GPA Executive Committee

Besides Professor Chris Griffiths, the Executive Committee of the Global Psoriasis Atlas is represented by Programme Manager Rebekah Swan, and Professor Darren Ashcroft from the University of Manchester and Univ.-Prof. Dr. med.  Matthias Augustin from UKE, Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf.

On Twitter you can find a video, where Professor Chris Griffith, the Director for Global Psoriasis Atlas talks about what they have achieved so far with the project, and how the team hopes to transform the data available for the prevalence of psoriasis: