Dermatology Research and Clinical Trials

University Hospitals dermatology department currently has a critical mass in four major centers of excellence: cancer, photomedicine, immunology and mycology.

In cancer, we established interdisciplinary care programs to complement our existing expertise in cutaneous lymphomas and melanomas, chemical carcinogenesis, and mechanisms and therapy of skin cancer.

In photomedicine, the department is renowned worldwide for its work on how UV and visible light rays affect the skin, in particular photobiology, photoimmunology, photocarcinogenesis, reversal of UV injury and photodynamic therapy.

In immunology, faculty in our department are major leaders in the areas of psoriasis pathogenesis, immunodeficiency, atopic dermatitis/eczema, contact dermatitis, autoimmunity, and immuno-therapeutics.

In addition, the department sponsors an internationally recognized Center for Medical Mycology at University Hospitals. This latter center includes the Mycology Reference Laboratory, the Fungal Diseases Research Program, and Mycology Clinical Trials Unit.

Department Ranking

An important measure of the quality and national recognition of a program is the ability to obtain research grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In both amount of funding and number of grants per Department, we are consistently ranked in the top ten nationally, clearly placing us in the very top echelon. Because NIH funding is so intensely competitive, it is very gratifying to obtain such recognition that our skin diseases research and training programs are among the premier efforts in the nation. This level of ranking recognizes the unique depth and breadth of our initiatives in advancing dermatologic health for our patients.