On fire for research and a cure!

Our History and Mission

The Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation (CARF) was formed as a result of one person's experience with scarring alopecia (cicatricial means scarring). When the patient realized that little is known about such disorders, she decided, with the help of her doctor, to initiate a grassroots effort to raise funds to study these problems.

Mission Statement: To provide education and patient support, raise public awareness, and advance and promote research.

Vision: To improve the care of patients with inflammatory, scarring hair disorders.

CARF funds are available to support research that will enhance our knowledge about this difficult group of diseases. Please see our Research Grants page for more information.

This website has been created to provide information about the cicatricial alopecias for patients, their families and physicians, as well as the public.

CARF is International

CARF has grown from a group of seven patients to include more than 1,800 patients who have received information through our patient support and educational work–newsletters, support groups, conferences, and website.

CARF has patients subscribed in 91 countries, all 50 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico.


When you join CARF you'll be able to access our physician referral list, join local support groups, receive newsletters, be notified about upcoming patient-doctor conferences and other pertinent information.

Click here to join CARF.


CARF is the world's only voice for patients with cicatricial alopecia. We hope you will make a donation to support patients and our research to find better treatments and a cure. CARF needs your contribution and support.

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