Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology
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Welcome to CEBD

We conduct independent research into the treatment and prevention of skin disease that is of direct relevance to patients, clinicians and NHS managers.

The centre has an international reputation for skin research and evidence based practice. We produce around 25 peer-reviewed publications per year and are one of the highest income generators for non-commercial dermatology research in the world.

About us

Team photo

Details of our current and previous research projects.
Online and face-to-face courses about evidence-based research.
For clinicians, researchers and patients.

Connect with us

Twitter We tweet about issues related to evidence based skin research.

Evidence updates Monthly emails summarising the latest dermatology publications.

Patient opportunities

If you have a skin condition (or care for someone who does) there are many ways you can get involved in research, whether that's taking part in a study or joining a patient panel. 

For more information about participating in research, see our get involved page.


Networks and Collaborations

Cochrane Skin Group
The Cochrane Skin Group is a network of people from all over the world committed to producing and updating systematic reviews of trials relating to skin conditions. Its editorial base is located at the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology where its output regularly informs other strands of work such as the need for new trials and the best design of new trials. The scope of the Skin Group is wide, and includes any skin problem that leads an individual to seek help from a health care provider. The Group also considers evidence about skin treatments that are sold over-the-counter or are widely available.
Harmonizing Outcome Measures for Eczema (HOME)
The Harmonizing Outcome Measures for Eczema (HOME) initiative was founded in 2008 by Hywel Williams (UK) and Jochen Schmitt (Germany) in response to the use of multiple unvalidated outcome measures in eczema trials. HOME aims to agree a set of core outcome measures for atopic eczema which should be included in ALL clinical trials and clinical record-keeping to allow comparison of data across multiple trials.
UK DCTN - UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network
The UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network (UKDCTN) is a dermatology clinical trials network open to anyone with an interest in applied dermatological research. The Network was developed in 2002 by Professor Hywel Williams and a group of academic and clinical colleagues in response to the growing need for high quality evidence to inform dermatology clinical practice. The UK DCTN has now developed into a collaborative, national network of dermatologists, nurses, health service researchers and patient representatives.
The Cochrane Skin Group - Core Outcome Set Initiative (CSG-COUSIN)
The Cochrane Skin Group - Core Outcome Set Initiative (CSG-COUSIN)  is a multiprofessional international working group within the Cochrane Skin Group. CSG-COUSIN was initiated by Prof Jochen Schmitt and Prof Hywel C. Williams and is co-ordinated by the Center for Evidence-Based Healthcare, University of Dresden, Germany. The mission of CSG Cousin is "to develop and implement core outcome sets in dermatology in order to improve and standardise outcome measurement in clinical trials and to make trial evidence more useful."

Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology

The University of Nottingham
King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

telephone: +44 (0) 115 823 1048