UK DCTN Trainee Groups
Developing skills in clinical research for dermatology trainees
We have established a series of trainee groups to enable more dermatologists, at the early stages of their career, to become actively engaged in developing clincial trials. This usually involves:
- allocation to mentor-led group (according to skin condition interest) to devise research proposal
- attendance of one day clinical research skills training
- continue work in supportive group setting to develop study idea
- produce necessary pilot/ feasibility work (surveys/ critically appraised topic)
- if study feasible, continue to full study
2018 Trainee Groups - Applications open for the 2018 cohort of trainees
Join a team to develop a research study (on an issue related to dermatological surgery) with guidance from our mentors. Includes a training day on 11 Sept 2018 in London.
2015 Trainee groups investigated the following projects:
Alopecia: Does iron replacement therapy improve hair re-growth comoared to placebo in patients receiving standard treatment for alopecia areata?
Eczema: Does the order of application, and the time interval between applications, of topical corticosteroids and emollients make a difference to clinical outcomes in patients with eczema?
Non-melanoma skin cancer/ skin surgery: Do prophylactic antibiotics reduce the risk of wound infection at 4 weeks follwoing excision of ulcerated skin cancers?
Urticaria: To compare the safety and effectiveness of ciclosporin vs omalizumab for the systemic treatment of recalcitrant chronic spontaneous urticaria.
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2013 Trainee groups investigated the following projects:
Vitiligo: Psychological interventions for vitiligo
Alopecia: Topical steroids for alopecia areata
Skin surgery: Compression stockings for wound healing of excisional biopsies of the lower limb
Morphoea: Optimal systemic treatment for adult morphoea
Skin cancer: Mohs surgery vs wide local excison for Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberan (DFSP)
Look here to see more details of the 2013 group activities and outcomes / publications