Program for Clinical Research in Dermatology

The U-M Program for Clinical Research in Dermatology (PCRID) is located on the first floor of the Taubman Center, adjacent to the U-M Dermatology Medical Clinic and Cosmetic Dermatology and Laser Center. PCRID conducts all phases (I-IV) of clinical and therapeutic trials for the pharmaceutical industry, and has been instrumental in the development of many dermatologic drugs used today. In addition, PCRID has been engaged in numerous protocols supported by the NIH and other extramural programs.

PCRID maintains a robust core of experienced staff, including study coordinators, budget developers, a regulatory expert, a biostatistician and a biomedical photographer. This program also houses a fully-equipped medical photographic studio. This clinically-integrated clinical research program, supplies efficient and precise acquisition of study participant tissue samples (blood and/or skin), with seamless transport of these specimens to the appropriate laboratories.

A data management and data quality assurance program actively monitors ongoing studies, and the unit maintains a liaison with the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) and the FDA. Many clinical protocols are in place, which address psoriasis pathophysiology and genetics, acne, stretch marks, photoaging, UV skin damage and pharmacological approaches to skin repair.

Work from the Program for Clinical Research in Dermatology has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, Nature Medicine, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of Experimental Medicine, and many peer reviewed dermatological journals.

PCRID provides a valuable resource to our faculty for both clinical and translational research and scholarship and has a long-standing program of resident involvement in clinical research at an integral level.

Director: Yolanda Helfrich, MD


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