Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines


A Future Without Dupuytren Disease.


West Palm Beach, FL


A future without Dupuytren disease.
New research for an old problem; leading the way to end Dupuytren disease in our lifetime.
Our core question is “What is the best we can do for families affected by Dupuytren disease?".
Our core belief is that patients and families affected by Dupuytren related conditions hold the key to finding a cure.
Our core mandate is to pioneer research to cure Dupuytren disease and related conditions.
Our core team is patients, scientists, and physicians working together on innovative research to find the cause and the cure of this disease.

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Executive Director

Dr. Charles Eaton

Main Address

1850 Forest Hill Blvd Suite #201

West Palm Beach, FL 33406 USA


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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Specifically Named Diseases (G80)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (E05)

Birth Defects, Genetic Diseases Research (H20)

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Programs + Results

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What is Dupuytren disease? Dupuytren disease is the most common crippling hand condition that people have never heard of. It affects at least ten million Americans, making their fingers permanently bent, sometimes severely. Why isn't it more commonly known? Dupuytren contracture makes the fingers bent as if relaxed, not obvious unless the person tries to open their hand. It progresses slowly, usually doesn't hurt, and mostly affects seniors. It's often mistaken for arthritis or tendinitis.
Why is it important? Bent fingers are only part of the picture. Dupuytren disease is a systemic problem. It can affect the hands (Dupuytren contracture, Garrod knuckle pads) and the feet (Ledderhose Disease). Developing one of these increases risk of developing others. It is a serious health issue. People with Dupuytren contracture have a greater risk for cardiovascular disease, several types of cancer, and early death – for reasons unknown. There is no prevention and no cure.

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Blood testing is scheduled to begin in 2019

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The Dupuytren Foundation is seeking funding for research to find a cure for Dupuytren disease, a common crippling hand condition. We are the largest global advocate for this neglected condition. Our research will provide innovative solutions to problems which have blocked progress in Dupuytren research for generations. We have assembled the right team, the right technologies, directly engaged the Dupuytren patient community for collaboration.

The first stage of online surveys launched and currently has over 3500 enrollees. The second stage will be blood collections. For cost-efficiency, the study will be will be rolled out in steps. It will begin with a small pilot study of all three stages. Larger versions will follow, guided and refined by cumulative experience. Primary use of donor funds includes laboratory costs, blood collection and storage fees, and costs associated with other nonprofit partner organizations.

Dr. Charles Eaton is the Executive Director & BOD President of the Dupuytren Foundation which he founded in 2008. Dr. Eaton is a board certified hand surgeon & world renowned expert on Dupuytren Disease. (DD) His extensive experience includes introducing a minimally invasive procedure to the United States in 2003 which is now considered to be the preferred treatment for advanced DD. Dr. Eaton serves on advisory boards of the International, British, & Canadian Dupuytren societies.  In 2012 Dr. Eaton closed his clinical practice & is now devoted to the mission of the Dupuytren Foundation-to find a cure for DD as rapidly & efficiently as possible.

The Dupuytren Foundation Research Committee members are highly experienced scientists from five countries. Members include scientists and physicians from University of California Los Angeles, Yale University, the Mayo Clinic, Oxford University and other academic institutions (http://dupuytrens.org/research-committee/). With our team in place, we hope to find a cure as soon as possible for DD.
The larger potential benefit of the study is understanding the biology and developing better treatment options for pulmonary fibrosis, cirrhosis of the liver, scleroderma and other diseases with parallel biology.

The first stage of online surveys launched and currently has over 3500 enrollees. As funding becomes available, we can begin the second stage, collecting blood from enrollees, as we work toward a cure.

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