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 Research on other skin diseases    

This webpage features our research for other skin conditions including rare diseases

This page summarises research not otherwise described on our eczema, vitiligo, cellulitis and skin cancer pages. We are particularly interested in rare diseases. The evidence-base for such diseases is often poor as relatively few people are affected, making performing clinical trials difficult.  However, we have found that by taking a broad collaborative approach, supported by the UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network ( UK DCTN), such difficulties can be overcome. 

Information for all of our other research projects is detailed in the table below.

 Ongoing Projects

Developing diagnostic criteria for psoriasis in children (DIPSOC)

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition causing red flaky patches which can occur anywhere on the skin. The  DIPSOC Study aims to develop diagnostic criteria for children who have psoriasis.

Refining Outcome Measures for trials in Alopecia areata (ROMA)

Alopecia areata, also known is a condition which causes non-scarring hair loss.The ROMA project will determine what is meaningful to measure in treatment trials.


All Projects

Treatment of Hidradenitis Suppurativa Evaluation Study (THESEUS) Looking to answer questions that were identified as priority areas for Hidradenitis Suppurativa NIHR HTA In set-up
Refining Outcome Measures for trials in Alopecia areata (ROMA) Determine what clinical trial measurements are meaningful to people with alopecia areata and those who treat them. UK DCTN Pump Priming Award In progress
Developing diagnostic criteria for psoriasis in children (DIPSOC) To develop diagnostic criteria for children who have psoriasis. NIHR DRF 2016-09-083 In progress
Skin care intervention in Nurses (SCIN) study  A study looking at reducing the occurrence of hand dermatitis among nurses working in the National Health Service.  NIHR HTA 11/94/01  In write up
James Lind Alliance Lichen Sclerosus Priority Setting Partnership To identify and prioritise research questions that are important to people who have lichen sclerosus and those who treat them. BSSVD Published
The Bullous Pemphigoid Steroids and Tetracyclines (BLISTER) study Examined whether doxycycline  would be a good alternative to prednisolone for treating bullous pemphigoid. NIHR HTA - 06/403/51 Published
A Randomised Controlled Trial of Systemic Therapy for Vulval Erosive Lichen Planus (hELP) trial A study that evaluated the effectiveness of tablet treatments for moderate or severe vulval erosive lichen planus. NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship Published
Study of Treatments for Pyoderma Gangrenosum Patients (STOP GAP) trial  A study that compared the use of prednisolone and ciclosporin for the treatment of pyoderma gangrenosum. NIHR PGfAR RP-PG-0407-10177 Published
Real-life experience of managing vulval erosive lichen planus Case note review of normal practice for the treatment of erosive lichen planus of the vulva (ELPV) in ten UK hospitals.  Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust Published
Erosive Lichen Planus: Is systematic treatment better than topical alone? Developing and designing a pilot multi-centre randomised controlled trial. This package of research was developed over a 12 month period and it successfully achieved funding through the NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship scheme. NIHR Research Flexibility and Sustainability Funding (FSF) Published,
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Outcome measures for vulval skin disease - a systematic review of randomised controlled trials  Systematic review to identify outcome measures used in clinically based randomized controlled trials investigating therapeutic interventions in vulval disease. NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship Published
Diagnostic Criteria for Erosive Lichen Planus effecting the Vulva: An international electronic-Delphi Consensus Exercise A three-stage electronic-Delphi exercise to reach consensus on clinicopathological diagnostic criteria for erosive lichen planus of the vulva (ELPV). NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship Published
Effective Verrucae Treatment (EVerT)  A trial compare the clinical effectiveness of cryotherapy versus salicylic acid for the treatment of plantar warts NIHR HTA 05/513/02 Published
Antimicrobial therapy in acne: a randomised controlled trial A trial to determine the relative efficacy and cost-effectiveness of five of the most commonly used antimicrobial preparations for treating mild to moderate facial acne in the community  NIHR HTA Published
Eye protection during dermatological surgery: prospective observational study A Prospective, observational study in a UK hospital skin surgery suite which assessed dermatological surgery procedures and operations. Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust Published 

Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology

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

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