Established in 2011 by Dr. Michael H. Tirgan, the KRF is a 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.
KRF's vision is by 2020, to be a well established, well funded, fully functional, research and educational organization with:
Over 10,000 members
Over 50 scientist members
Have 5 or more active clinical trials
Have 5 or more active basic science research projects
Establish its tissue bank with over 500 preserved specimens
KRF needs your support to achieve these goals.
To have an impact on keloid, KRF is committed to the Bench to Bedside approach and research in the following areas:
Genomics Analysis of Keloid
Proteomics Analysis of Keloid
Signal Transduction Pathways
Development of Animal Model
Development of Keloid Cell Lines
Epidemiological and Ethnic Analysis
As a non for profit entity, KRF needs your support. Here is how you can help:
Become a Member
Join us as a Volunteer
Join us as a Researcher or a Clinician
Help us with Public or Private Fund Raising
Provide us with your Ideas
On November 14, 2015, Hampton University Skin of Color Research Institute held a symposium on various topics, including a dedicated afternoon session to Keloid Disorder. Below is the presentation of Dr. Michael H. Tirgan at this meeting.
Following is an incomplete list of resources and websites that have information on keloids:
Please keep in mind that this is a link to the private medical practice website of Dr. Tirgan. Dr. Tirgan is the Founder of KRF. The link to his medical practice website is provided for educational purposes only. We encourage all our website visitors to provide us with links to other Keloid Educational resources. We will review the sites and provide hyperlinks to any/all keloid educational websites.
Please keep in mind that this wiki page has been authored by Dr. Tirgan. Dr. Tirgan is the Founder of KRF. The link to his wiki page is provided for educational purposes only. We encourage all our website visitors to provide us with links to other Keloid Educational resources. We will review the sites and provide hyperlinks to any/all keloid educational websites.
(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.
International Keloid Symposium:
(March 11, 2016) KRF is proudly announcing that the 1st ever will be held on September 8 - 9, 2016 at Rockefeller University in New York. KRF Extends its gratitude to Rockefeller University for hosting this meeting and its support for keloid research. Click on the image below to be directed to the symposium website.
March 11, 2016
Dr. Patricia Danielsen has joined the board of Directors of KRF:
KRF is pleased to announce that Dr. Patricia Danielsen has joined the board of directors of KRF. Dr. Danielsen is a dermatologist at the Department of Dermatology and Copenhagen Wound Healing Center, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark. She has a PhD in wound healing and scar treatment science and a continuing academic career with a special focus on keloid scar disease. We welcome Dr. Danielsen and look forward to working with her in strengthening KRF.
November 1, 2015
KRF presentations at ETRS 2015 meeting:
Dr. Michael H. Tirgan was invited and gave two talks on Keloid Disorder at the Keloid Satellite Symposium during the 7th Joint Meeting of the European Tissue Repair Society & the Wound Healing Society that was held 21-23 October 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
August 15, 2015
Atlas of Ear Keloids:
KRF is pleased to announce publication of it first sponsored book, Atlas of Ear Keloids.
This full color atlas, authored by Dr. Michael Tirgan, provides an insight into natural history of ear keloids. With over 130 full color images of ear keloids, Dr. Tirgan provides a solid proof that surgery is not a treatment for keloid disorder.
August 1, 2015
KRF presenting at ETRS 2015 meeting:
KRF was able to arrange for a scientific session dedicated to keloid research the 7th Joint Meeting of the European Tissue Repair Society & the Wound Healing Society that will be held 21-23 October 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark. This will be the very first dedicated scientific session that KRF has been able to organize.
November 11, 2011
KRF Formally Registered in New York State
KRF is pleased to announce that its Certificate of Incorporation was accepted and filled by the State of New York. KRF is now able to conduct fund raising activities to support conduct of much needed research in the field of Keloid.
October 18, 2011
Grant Approval from Rockefeller University
KRF is pleased to announce that Dr. Tirgan's proposal to study "Pathogenesis of Keloid" was approved by the Rockefeller University Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences. (RUCCTS Grant # 2UL1RR024143 from the National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health). We thank Rockefeller University for extending support to our fight against keloid disorder. www.KeloidTissueBank.com is the official website of the main study.
October 14, 2011
Dr. James N. Musyoka, joins KRF
KRF is pleased to announce that Dr. Musyoka has joined KRF. Dr. Musyoka has just completed his PhD with focus on would healing and keloid research and has previously conducted laboratory research in this area. We welcome Dr. Musyoka as a new member of KRF.
August 4, 2011
Dr. Djoned Sananto joins KRF
KRF is pleased to announce that Dr. Sananto, Head of Plastic Surgery Department at Haji General Hospital in Indonesia, has joined KRF. Dr. Sananto has strong interest in keloid disorder, actively treats patients with keloids, has previously conducted laboratory research in keloid and published the study results. We welcome Dr. Sananto as a new member of KRF.
July 28, 2011
Advanced Pathology Laboratory Partners with KRF
KRF is pleased to announce that the Director of Advanced Pathology Laboratory, Dr. Ali Daneshvar, has made a long term commitment to serve as the Tissue Bank arm of KRF. Advanced Pathology Laboratory is a CLIA certified full service pathology laboratory, located in Northfiled, New Jersey.
July 21, 2011
KRF Appoints General Counsel
KRF is pleased to announce appointment of its General Counsel. Attorney Ronald R. Benjamin of Binghamton, New York has been appointed General Counsel for Keloid Research Foundation. He will oversee all legal matters that concern operations of KRF. Mr. Benjamin has been practicing public interest law since 1979.
July 18, 2011
Certificate of Incorporation for KRF
The Certificate of Incorporation for KRF was completed by three initial board members, Michael Tirgan, MD acting as the Medical Officer, Nadereh Nouhi acting as the Business Manager and Alexander Duggan acting as the Patient Advocate and Liaison.