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"The idea of a British dermatology clinical trials network is about doing something collectively on a grand scale that could begin to change the face of dermatology clinical trials" Professor Hywel Williams, Network Chair

Dermatology Research: Do you have an unanswered clinical question?

The UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network collects unanswered questions on skin disease treatments. If you have a research idea then, with our help, you could develop your idea into a clinical trial. Go to the 'Submit a trial idea' page to find out more. 

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UK DCTN awards open to applications

We are now seeking applications for the popular UK DCTN Awards.  A range of awards are available for different healthcare professionals (SpRs, SAS Grade staff, GPs and nurses).  These two-three year educational research fellowships aim to develop clinical trials experience and critical appraisal skills.  This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about research and clinical trials.  Please see our UK DCTN award pages for more information.
June 2015

HI-Light Vitiligo Trial is now recruiting patients

The HI-Light Vitiligo Trial aims to recruit 440 participants who are aged 5 years and over with vitiligo. It will look at the effectiveness of hand-held NB-UVB phototherapy devices, to be used at home, and topical steroids, both used as treatments on their own and in combination.  See the HI-Light study website here.
June 2015

CLOTHES Eczema Study recruits 300 participants

This study, looking at specialist clothing for the relief of eczema symptoms in children, has successfully recruited to target.  Participants will be followed up for a further 8 months. We anticipate results of the trial being available in late 2016 / early 2017.
May 2015

TREAT Trial receives funding

The eczema TREAT trial, led by Dr Carsten Flohr (London) has successfully applied for funding from the NIHR EME programme.  The study will compare the efficacy and safety of methotrexate vs ciclosporin for severe atopic eczema in children. The trial will be managed from the Medicines for Children Clinical Trials Unit in Liverpool.
18 March 2015

Themed Research Call Launched Today - £10K award to study proposal on a rare skin disease

Our research call  for 2015 is on rare skin diseases.  If you and your study team have a research idea on a rare skin disease then we could help.   We are open to applications from today - £10K could be yours!  Please see further details on our themed call page.
25 Feb 2015

New speaker to come to Evidence Based Update meeting in skin surgery
We are very pleased to announce an additional talk at the Skin surgery update - Dr Eleni Linos will talk about her study on treating BCC for the elderly.  The meeting has just been awarded 5 CPD credits from the Royal College of Physicians so take a day out to Nottingham University!  See the revised programme and booking details on our meetings pages.
17 Feb 2015

Developing Skills in Clinical research for Dermatology Trainees - 22 September 2015
We are running this training event to help develop your clinical research skills and to link up with other like-minded individuals to take research ideas forward.  The one day course and will cover critical appraisal and developing ideas for clinical trials. The day is free of charge to attend but please note: this training course and will require a significant amount of work both pre and post this one day event.   Further information is on our training pages.
26 Jan 2015

Two prevention studies recruiting: BEEP and SPOT
Our eczema prevention study is now recruiting.  If you are expecting a baby (or have very recently had a baby) and there is eczema, asthma or hayfever in your family, then you might be eligible to take part in the BEEP study.  See the study website here.

Another prevention study, this time for organ transplant recipients who are at risk of skin cancer (SCC) is now recruiting patients.  This study is coordinated from the Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit.  Please see further information and contact details here.
Dec 2014

Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology is teaming up with the British Journal of Dermatology (BJD) in order to support an Editorial Trainee
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a young dermatologist (registrar) to join the BJD as an editorial trainee. Editorial trainees have an important role in helping the BJD to be vibrant and relevant to all dermatologists, especially those in the early years of their careers.  See the editorial registrar job description here. Deadline for applications is Friday 12th December 2014. Further information contact John Caulfield in the BJD editorial office john@bad.org.uk or see the advertisement in full here.
Sept 2014

CLOTHES Study on target
This study looking at specialist clothing for children with moderate to severe eczema, has recruited 150 patients!  This is fantastic news as it means the study is already half way to its recruitment target of 300 participants.  For more details of the study please see the University of Nottingham website.
Sept 2014

Acne Priority setting Partnership - Top Ten research questions
The priority setting exercise looking for the most important questions for research into acne is complete!  The top ten questions, decided by both patients and health professionals, is now available to view on the Acne PSP website.  The questions will be picked up by researchers and funders and it is hoped the studies generated from this valuable exercise will eventually lead to improving treatments for acne.
March 2014

Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) Priority Setting Partnership (PSP)
Many thanks to everyone who took part in our hidradenitis suppurativa surveys, we had a fantastic response from both patients and health professionals.

The uncertainties (research questions) were collated into 55 potential priorities and then you voted for your top 10 in survey two.  We took 30 of the most popular questions to a workshop with representatives from patient groups, dermatology, nursing, surgery and primary care.  Together we agreed, after much discussion and debate, a top 10.  It is hoped these questions will be submitted to funding bodies in the future for more research into HS and at the same time raise the profile of this distressing, painful but little known disease. More information on this exercise can be found on our research prioritisation pages or see the top ten here.
10 Dec 2013

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