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The Skin Study Center in the Department of Dermatology is a translational research facility dedicated toward advancing our understanding about various skin diseases and skin health. The unit serves as a facility for human volunteers who are participating in basic or clinical research studies. Located in 512 Wearn within University Hospitals, the Skin Study Center plays a pivotal role in various investigative research projects pertaining to immunology, photobiology, and various skin and hair diseases (e.g. psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, alopecia areata, skin cancers). The facility houses a 1000-Watt solar simulator, skin ultrasound machine, transepidermal water loss unit (TEWL), chromometer, digital cameras, other UV sources and UV meters, motorized AESCULAP keratome device for horizontal skin biopsies, and micrometer for measurement of skin thickness.
As a translational core facility affiliated with both Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland, we are unique in that we provide support and resources for our own team of nationally renowned researchers in addition to other departmental and industry-sponsored clinical research studies. We work closely with the NIH-funded General Clinical Research Center and National Cancer Institute-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center/Ireland Cancer Center.
Currently, we are conducting various studies focused on psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, skin cancers, lymphoma, and tests on new and future sun protection creams and products.
(216) 844-SKIN (7546) for more information.
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