Alopecia Areata is an auto-immune disease affecting roughly 1.7% of the global population. (5.1 million people in the US and another 1 million in the UK, alone). It causes sudden, unpredictable hair loss, ranging from spots to complete baldness over the entire body, even in children. Its wreaks devastating psycho-social and physical havoc on those afflicted. Imagine how the sudden loss of ALL your hair (head, eyebrows, eyelashes) would affect you.
Despite its prevalence, this disease only received a total of 5 grants in research funding in 2010 from the US National Institutes of Health. That is only 1 research grant per 1,000,000 people affected. This insignificant level of research is similar or worse worldwide.
By comparison, research funding going into Lyme Disease, a very rare but highly curable disease, which affects a tiny portion of the population (less than 0.0001% of the US population or only 30,000 people per year), amounted to 150 grants. That translates to 1 research grant per 200 people.
Currently there is no cure, no effective treatment and, as detailed above, almost no research occurring due to a lack of research funding. Help change this by signing on and showing your support. For more information: Global Alopecia Mission