University of Nottingham

 About us

The UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network (UK DCTN) was formed in 2002 with the aim of developing high quality, independent, multi-centre clinical trials for the treatment or prevention of skin disease.

We are a collaborative network of dermatologists, dermatology nurses, health services researchers and patients throughout the UK and Ireland.

The UK DCTN is a registered charity (no. 1115745)

Coordinating Centre

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Beth Stuart
Network Chair

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Laura Howells - Trial Development Manager


Carron Layfield
Network Manager


Margaret McPhee
Research Coordinator

We are a small team and work with investigators across the country to develop their ideas for dermatology clinical trials into fundable research proposals. The Network is managed by an executive committee of eight members and a steering committee of around 30 members. We have a 1000 strong membership of health professionals, patients and researchers.

We are a special interest group of the British Association of Dermatologists 

Infrastructure and Committees

The business of the network is managed by:

  • Trial Generation and Prioritisation Panel (Chair: Dr Rachel Abbott): identify and prioritise research ideas
  • Steering Committee (Chair: Professor Beth Stuart): review and recommend research proposals for progression through the trial development system
  • Executive Committee (Independent Chair: Dr Jane Sterling): general management of Network business.


The UK DCTN are grateful to both the British Association of Dermatologists and the University of Nottingham. for continued financial support.

UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network

Applied Health Services Research (building 42)
University Park Campus University of Nottingham,