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Manchester Psoriasis Shout Out!

23 Apr 2014

The University is hosting the ‘Manchester Psoriasis Shout Out’ (28 April to 2 May) - a roadshow and series of events to raise awareness of the condition psoriasis.

Manchester Psoriasis Shout Out

Psoriasis is a common, inflammatory skin condition affecting over 1.8 million people in the UK which appears as red, scaling patches of skin. Psoriasis, however, is more than skin deep and can have a profound psychological and social impact. Significant progress however has been made in our understanding and management of the condition in recent years. Much of this progress has been made in our own world leading dermatology research and treatment centre split between The University of Manchester and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, led by Professor Chris Griffiths from the Institute of Inflammation and Repair.

Different initiatives from across the University will converge this April to form the first Manchester Psoriasis Shout Out. The week will include the official launch of the MRC funded stratified medicine consortium: Psoriasis Stratification to Optimise Relevant Therapy (PSORT),  a new training programme for health care professionals as part of the NIHR IMPACT programme of research and the northern launch of the See Psoriasis : Look Deeper campaign.

In addition to new information for the research and academic community, there will also be dedicated events for people with psoriasis and their families.

Comedian Toby Hadoke and fashion blogger Helen Hanrahan will join Professor Chris Griffiths and colleagues at Salford Royal on Wednesday April 30th for the Shout Out roadshow 09.30-3.30pm where there will be an opportunity to try relaxation and ‘mindfulness’ techniques. At 2.30pm, Prof Griffiths and his celebrity guests with present a series of short presentations about living well with psoriasis. Blogger Helen ‘Flaky Fashionista’ will also be involved in a fashion show at the intu Trafford Centre on 2 May (1.30pm and 5.30pm)

Other roadshows take place in St Ann’s Square, Manchester (28 April), Media City (29 April) and University Place (1 May) and there will be a poetry evening hosted by copland smith at The Cornerhouse on 30 April (6-8pm), featuring contributions by experienced poets and novices.

In conjunction with the ‘Shout Out’ team, Sport Manchester is offering two free events for University and NHS staff on Thursday, 1 May:

  1. (8.30-9am) A stress-reducing Mindfulness Session in Wellbeing Room 1, Dover St Building, University of Manchester, M13 9PL
  2. (12 noon-12.45pm) an active and fun Zumba Session at the Sugden Sports Centre, 114 Grosvenor St, Manchester M1 7HL

Registration and further information

To register your interest in these events, e-mail:

For more information, visit: