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About us


The UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network (UK DCTN) was formed in 2002 with the aim of conducting 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.

Watch our UK DCTN video here

Coordinating centre

The UK DCTN is coordinated from the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology at The University of Nottingham and managed by an executive committee of eight members and a steering committee of around 30 members.  We have a 900 strong membership of health professionals, patients and researchers.

The business of the network is managed by:

  • Trial Generation and Prioritisation Panel (Chaired by Dr Rubeta Matin): identify and prioritise research ideas
  • Steering Committee (Chair Professor Hywel Williams): review and recommend research proposals for progression through the trial development system
  • Executive Committee (Independent Chair Dr Stephen Jones): general management of Network business.

Coordinating Centre Team

We are a small staff team based in Nottingham.  Email the team:





 Joanne Chlamers 2016 HR  Carron Layfield 2016 HR  CroppedMaggie_2012

Network Chair

Hywel Williams

Trial Development Manager

Joanne Chalmers


Network Manager

Carron Layfield

Network Coordinator

Margaret McPhee


The UK DCTN is registered with the Charity Commission (charity no. 1115745). See our constitution and related policies.

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

Contact us.


UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network

Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology
The University of Nottingham King's Meadow Campus, Rm A103
Lenton Lane, Nottingham