'Agents of Change' Atopic Dermatitis Challenge: Navigating Uncertainty

Let’s work together to find new ways to help people navigate the daily unpredictability of life with atopic dermatitis.

The Opportunity

Up to five grant recipients may have the opportunity to receive:

  • Grant funding: Up to $10,000 in grant funding to support the development and implementation of proposed solutions. Grant funding provided will vary based on the scale of the proposal submitted.
  • Global recognition: An opportunity to present and discuss their ideas with the AD community and experts in healthcare and innovation.

What We're Looking For

The Challenge aims to find creative ways to help people with AD navigate the daily impact of this unpredictable disease, and enable those around them to better understand and support them, too.

Who Can Participate

Submissions are welcome from non-profit organizations, including (but not limited to) patient and professional organizations, as well as advocacy groups. We ask that individuals or groups of individuals submit their proposal in partnership with a non-profit organization of any kind, so if you have an idea, make sure to reach out to a local group so that you can co-create together from the beginning.

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Atopic dermatitis (AD) affects as many as 1 in 10 people around the world, making it one of the most common skin conditions [1],[2],[3]. The unpredictable nature of this chronic inflammatory disease means persistent symptoms – including itch, skin dryness, flaking, cracking, bleeding and oozing – may suddenly worsen [4]. Particularly for those with more severe forms, AD can cause substantial disruption to everyday life – from the physical discomfort, to the emotional toll it can take [4],[5].

Not knowing if you’ll feel able to face the day when you wake up in the morning requires patience and flexibility from people living with AD, but also from those they engage with.

Last year, the ‘Agents of Change’ AD Challenge focused on helping break social stigma to put a stop to the bullying faced by those with AD. This year we’re calling upon all of you—the AD community, health innovators, and everyone around the world who has ever lived with day-to-day unpredictability—to submit your ideas.

Let’s find creative ways to help people living with AD navigate the unpredictability of their disease, and help those around them to better understand its uncertainty.  

We're looking for ideas that are (more details to be shared during Challenge launch):

  • Patient-centered / human-centered
  • Anchored in creativity
  • Locally focused
  • Measurable
  • Feasible

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  1. T. Bieber. Atopic Dermatitis. Ann Dermatol. 2010;22(2):125–137.
  2. S. Weidinger et al., Atopic dermatitis. Lancet. 2016;387:1109–1122.
  3. D. Leung et al., New insights into atopic dermatitis. J Clin Invest. 2004;113(5):651–657.
  4. Mount Sinai. Patient Care Atopic Dermatitis. Available at: https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/diseases-conditions/atopic-dermatitis. Accessed May 2020
  5. T. Zuberbier, et al., Patient perspectives on the management of atopic dermatitis. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2006;118(1):226-232.

MAT-GLB-2000551 | June 2020