Welcome to Keloid Research Foundation

Established in 2011 by Dr. Michael H. Tirgan, the KRF is a 501 (C)(3), non for profit medical research and educational organization. The mission of KRF is to foster scientific research in keloid disorder and to promote education, advocacy, and service to those who suffer from this disorder. Donors can deduct contributions they make to KRF under IRC Section 170..

Keloid is a genetic skin disorder which results in excessive growth and formation of tumor-like areas in an otherwise healthy skin. Despite their benign nature, keloids may constitute severe aesthetic as well as functional problems that can negatively impact patients' quality of life.

Keloids are mostly observed between ages of 10 and 30 years. There is no consensus on the best method of treatment for this condition; neither do we have any form of wholly satisfactory therapy. Keloids do not regress and are characterized by a high rate of recurrence after surgery or other forms of treatment. Indeed, surgical treatment often gives rise to even larger lesions. In addition, being a uniquely human condition, no animal study models are available.

Although a common medical condition, keloid disorder has been neglected by the research community. There are no statistics as to its incidence and prevalence, neither in the United States, nor elsewhere in the world. This disorder, although quite common and although at times very disabling, has not captured the interest of the research community and remains an area of unmet medical need. It behaves quite similar to cancer, yet it does not metastasize to tissues outside skin (or may be it does and we simply do not know about it).

KRF was formed to foster scientific research in this disease. To accomplish its goals, KRF will raise funds, increase awareness and bolster interest in this disease. We will not make any progress in this disease unless we dedicate same kind of interest, effort and energy that we have dedicated to cancer research.

Keloid Research is an online, open access scientific publication of the Keloid Research Foundation. Until now, keloid manuscripts have been published in a variety of journals. Our goal is to create a centralized publishing platform for all researchers who are passionate about this disorder, so that relevant clinical and laboratory research can be published in one place and under one umbrella. The journal is aiming to provide an international forum for the publication of original work, describing basic science, translational and clinical investigations in keloid disorder.

More recently, KRF held its 2nd International Keloid Symposium on June 7-8, 2018 in Rome, Italy with attendees from 22 different countries. During this meeting, KRF was invited to host its 3rd International Keloid Symposium in Beijing. We are now pleased to announce that our next meeting, the 3rd International Keloid Symposium will be a three day meeting and will be held on April 19-21 at the Lecture Hall of the Peking Union Medical College Hospital in Beijing, China. Click on the image below to be directed to the symposium website.

LATEST NEWS

    3rd International Keloid Symposium:

    (July 15, 2018) KRF is proud to announce that the 2nd was successfully held on June 7-8, 2018 in Rome, Italy with attendees from 22 different countries. During this meeting, KRF was invited to host the 3rd International Keloid Symposium in Beijing. Since the Rome meeting, the organizing committee has worked hard to make this a reality. We are now pleased to announce that our next meeting, the 3rd International Keloid Symposium, which will be a three day meeting will be held in Beijing, China on April 19-21 at the Lecture Hall of the Peking Union Medical College Hospital. Click on the image below to be directed to the symposium website.

    2nd International Keloid Symposium:

    (January 18, 2018) KRF is proudly announcing that the 2nd will be held on June 7-8, 2018 in Rome, Italy. Click on the image below to be directed to the symposium website.

    Notice of 501 (C)(3) Status:

    (February 1, 2017) Keloid Research Foundation has been determined by the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to be exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(C)(3). Donors can deduct contributions they make to KRF under IRC Section 170. Click here to view the 501(C)(3) Exemption Document.

    Journal of Keloid Research:

    (December 3, 2016)KRF is proud to announce establishment of Keloid Research, an open access scientific publication of the Keloid Research Foundation. Until now, keloid manuscripts have been published in a variety of journals. Our goal is to create a centralized publishing platform for all researchers who are passionate about this disorder, so that relevant clinical and laboratory research can be published in one place and under one umbrella. The journal is aiming to provide an international forum for the publication of original work, describing basic science, translational and clinical investigations in keloid disorder.

    Keloid Staging System:

    (August 19, 2016) In his most recent publication, "Neck Keloids: evaluation of risk factors and recommendation for keloid staging system" Dr. Tirgan has designed a staging system that allows for proper categorization and grouping of keloid patients into various stages.

    To assess each keloid patient properly, to better understand the natural history of this disorder, and to be able to compare future keloid study results among various patients groups, we clearly need a staging system that can allow us to describe the severity keloid disorder based on the size, location and/or extent of the keloidal lesions; as well as history of surgery or radiation therapy, and perhaps other factors that are currently unknown to us. Please click HERE to read more.