Become a Member

We invite you to join the Keloid Research Foundation, a professional non for profit organizations in the United States. KRF seeks to promote scientific research in keloid as well as being an educational resource for patients as well as the scientific community. Our membership consists of:

  • Patients with keloid or patient advocates
  • Other professionals interested in this disorder

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KRF Goals are:

  • To be its members' indispensable resource for scientific and clinical research and educational programs and services.
  • To be a recognized advocate and resource for scientific research in the prevention, treatment and cure of keloid.
  • To be a leader in developing strategic partnerships and collaborative relationships worldwide to increase resources to advance the treatment, care and cure of keloid.
  • To be a highly regarded and credible voice of professionals concerning the cause, consequences, care and cure of keloid.

Membership Categories

Patient or Advocate (POA) Member:

We invite all patients with keloid to join KRF. Having a large body of members who have an inherent interest in keloid disorder gives us the strength we need to advance our goals. A large body of members helps us to promote our cause and raise awareness about this disease. POA membership is free. POA members receive membership and Annual Meeting mailings. Special discounts for meeting registration fees are provided. POA members do not vote.

Active Scientific Members

required for individuals holding an M.D. or D.O. or PhD..: physicians providing care to patients with keloids and or those involved in clinical or laboratory research, or other professional aspects of keloid or closely related fields who have an active interest in the objectives and work of the KRF. Scientific Members reside in the United States or Canada and will receive full member benefits, including subscriptions to KRF's publications. Scientific Members receive membership and Annual Meeting mailings. Discounts for meeting registration fees are also provided. Scientific Membership Applicants must provide a current CV and a self signed statement of support for their application. Once approved for membership, Scientific Members can sponsor other applicants for membership.

Active Professional Members

Individuals holding any degree other than M.D. or D.O. or PhD. : non physician health care providers interested in the care of people with keloid, or those who have an active interest in the objectives and work of the KRF. Professionals in Keloid Care receive subscriptions to KRF's publications and discounts for other professional publications. Membership and Annual Meeting mailings are sent to Professionals in Keloid Care. Discounts for meeting registration fees are provided. Scientific Membership applicants must provide a current CV and a self signed statement of support for their application. Once approved for membership, Scientific Members can sponsor other applicants for membership.

Corresponding Members

Corresponding members reside outside the United States and Canada. Individuals involved in clinical, research, or other professional aspects of keloid or closely related fields who have an active interest in the objectives and work of the KRF. Corresponding members receive subscriptions to KRF's publications and discounts for other professional publications. Membership and Annual Meeting mailings are sent to Corresponding Members. Discounts for meeting registration fees are provided. Corresponding Membership applicants must provide a current CV and a self signed statement of support for their application. Once approved for membership, Corresponding Members can sponsor other applicants for membership.

Junior Members

Currently in formal training programs in a professional area in the field of keloid care and have an interest in the work of the KRF. Junior members receive subscriptions to KRF's publications. Membership and Annual Meeting mailings are sent to Junior Members. Discounts for meeting registration fees are provided. Junior Members may apply for Scientific Membership at any time, but are asked to apply for Scientific Membership within six months after training is complete. Training status must be verified by submitting a signed letter from the applicant's program director to complete this application.

Associate Members

Individuals holding any degree/designation who are employed by a for-profit company that is involved in the marketing, sales and/or development of keloid-related products or services, having an active interest in the objectives and work of the KRF. Associate Members receive subscriptions to KRF's publications in addition to full membership benefits. Associates do not vote in general business or committee meetings; do not hold office or committee chairmanships. Associate Members are not required to submit a letter of sponsorship with membership application.

Senior Members

Have reached the age of 70 or have been Active or Corresponding KRF members for a minimum number of 15 years, and who are no longer professionally active may request an "upgrade" in membership status to Senior. Senior Members are exempt from payment of dues. Senior Members are eligible for membership discounts and receive subscriptions to KRF's publications in addition to full membership benefits. Members over age of 70, however, may choose to maintain their Scientific Membership.

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LATEST NEWS

    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.

    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.

    Atlas of Ear Keloids by Dr. Michael H. Tirgan

  • 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.