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.
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. With more than 220 clinician researchers representing 130 institutions in the US, and Canada, and other parts of the world like Mexico and the Middle East, PeDRA has published 5 studies and is accelerating research and bringing us closer to new treatment opportunities for children living with underserved, yet demanding and burdensome, dermatologic conditions and diseases.
What’s in a name? PeDRA’s acronym was chosen by our founders as the word “pedra” in Portuguese means “stone” or “mountain”. This was based on the idea that we have a mountain to climb in pediatric dermatology research to find cures, to find answers, and to provide the best care for our patients.