Autoimmune Alopecia Research UK - A History of AAR-UK
Jayne Waddell founded Autoimmune Alopecia Research-UK (AAR-UK) in November 2012. Jayne believed that Alopecia Areata had been viewed as a cosmetic, dermatological condition for many years and she felt that not enough was being done to develop diversified medical research into the condition.
The aims of AAR-UK were to collate studies and surveys within the alopecia community to investigate common factors within the disease. The charity would also be campaigning and raising awareness of autoimmune alopecia and educating people, together with fundraising for future projects to find a potential cure or treatment plan.
The team of trustees and employees have been through many changes over the years with Jayne herself leaving the charity to move to Australia in 2016. AAR-UK have raised sufficient funds to contribute towards the first UK biobank for alopecia with Glasgow University. AAR-UK also formed valuable relationships within the academic, scientific and medical communities which they hope to bring forward with them as they join AUK.