Pharmacology Translational Unit
The Pharmacology Translational Unit (PTU) is committed to education and research to provide expert patient care. We conduct dermatology research studies and clinical trials in various disease states for children and adults. For questions related to currently enrolling or upcoming studies, please contact our office or complete a patient survey below.
Our objective is to pioneer a new age in medicine and provide high-quality medical care for our subjects. Our Clinical Research Program offers comprehensive dermatologic and wellness care and participates in clinical research studies as a privately contracted entity. Faculty members are also involved in the training of residents and medical students.
What is Clinical Research?
Clinical trials look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. Clinical trials can also look at other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses.
Areas of Research
- Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
Atopic Dermatitis is a condition that typically develops during childhood and is often associated with allergies or asthma. The main symptom is a rash that typically appears on the arms and behind the knees, but can also appear anywhere.
- Bullous Pemphigoid
Bullous pemphigoid is a rare skin condition that causes large, fluid-filled blisters. They develop on areas of skin that often flex — such as the lower abdomen, upper thighs or armpits. Bullous pemphigoid is most common in older adults.
- Hidradenitis Suppurativa
A chronic skin condition featuring lumps in places such as the underarms or groin. The skin lesions develop as a result of inflammation and infection of sweat glands.
- Prurigo Nodularis
Prurigo nodularis is a skin disease that causes hard, itchy lumps or nodules to form on the skin. The itching can be intense, causing people to scratch themselves to the point of bleeding or pain.
Psoriasis is a condition in which skin cells build up and form scales and itchy, dry patches. The most common symptom is a rash on the skin, but sometimes the rash involves the nails or joints.
- Healthy Control Subjects
In a clinical study, a person who does not have the disorder or disease being studied may participate in the study so their results can be compared to the findings from those of the group being studied.