We are researchers at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Our research interest is to find the genetic cause for keloid formation and to understand the processes that lead to the development of keloids and other fibrotic skin disorders.
When keloid formation runs in a family it sometimes affects several members of the same family. We invite families with more than 2 affected members to participate in our IRB-approved study.
We will ask family members with keloids and certain family members without keloids (e.g. parents, siblings) to participate. All family members who wish to participate will be asked to fill in a questionnaire with keloid-related questions, to sign a Consent Form which explains our procedures in detail, and to donate a small amount of saliva or blood.
We will prepare DNA from saliva or blood to study the genetic cause for keloid formation. Families will not benefit directly from participating in the study, but we hope that our scientific findings will improve the knowledge on how keloids develop and that these new findings can in the future contribute to the development for a better keloid treatment or even keloid prevention.
If you would like to participate or have questions, and to obtain more information please email, call or fax to the following address:
Ernst Reichenberger. Ph.D.
Department of Reconstructive Medicine