About Us: Our Mission

In response to unmet research needs in pediatric dermatology that require collaborative, multicenter efforts, dermatology leaders created the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance (PeDRA) in 2012. PeDRA is the research arm of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology. SPD_logo_rgb

The PeDRA mission:   To promote and facilitate high quality collaborative clinical, translational, educational, and basic science research in pediatric dermatology.

The PeDRA vision:   To create sustainable, collaborative networks to better understand, prevent, treat and cure dermatologic diseases in children.

The Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance (PeDRA), founded in 2012, is a research network of ~ 230 clinician researchers representing 68 institutions in predominantly the U.S. and Canada, with some involvement globally from Mexico, Europe and the Middle East.

PeDRA is a collaborative research network, providing a platform from which pediatric dermatologists organize studies and collaborate. Pooling resources, and linking investigators together, multiplies the power of each individual clinician scientist many fold.

As collaborative projects, PeDRA studies involve at least three members from three different institutions. PeDRA investigators care primarily for pediatric patients, although some see adult patients as well. PeDRA streamlines research by making available a coalition of pediatric specialists poised to conduct clinical trials and other studies.

Through collaborative efforts, PeDRA is accelerating research and bringing us closer to new treatment opportunities for children living with underserved, yet demanding and burdensome, dermatologic conditions and diseases.


Dermatologists around the U.S. and Canada dedicate their time to lead PeDRA. PeDRA Co-Chairs, the Executive Committee and a Board of Directors set direction and oversee planning and implementation of goals.
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PeDRA News

PeDRA has made marked strides since its inception in 2012, having impact on the volume and quality of research studies being conducted in the field of pediatric dermatology. PeDRA also advocates for better policies affecting pediatric dermatology research. Learn more about PeDRA news

Getting Involved

PeDRA leaders seek out expertise in a variety of areas to support our working committees. Dedicated medical professionals give of their time to PeDRA to help advance collaborative research. From grant review to database work, to communications and more, PeDRA encourages participation from professionals in the dermatology field. Learn more about getting involved

PeDRA Partners

There is more scientific discovery now in pediatric dermatology than in many past decades. For all of these difficult and painful diseases in children – psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, epidermolysis bullosa, ichthyosis, basal cell carcinoma syndrome, PHACE Syndrome and more – the road to scientific understanding and cures is still a slow one.

Through our collaborative efforts, PeDRA is accelerating research.  Hope could be on the horizon for potential solutions and eventually, cures. We are appreciative of our partners whose support enables us to sustain and build PeDRA’s research. Learn more about PeDRA Partners.

 *Funding for the conference was made possible by a grant (R13AR068926) from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). The views expressed or written in conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the National Institutes of Health; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government