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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

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.

More details here on our information sheet. 


Please use this application form to apply by Friday 19th January 2018.


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.

Look here to see more details of the group activities and outcomes / publications

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

UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network

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