Our support

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) provides researchers with the practical support they need to make clinical studies happen in the NHS. This support covers every stage of research, from set up to delivery.

We provide world-class health service infrastructure - research support staff such as clinical research nurses, and research support services such as pharmacy, pathology and radiology - to support organisations seeking to conduct clinical research in the NHS in England. Some of this research is funded by the NIHR, but most of it is funded by NHS non-commercial partners and industry. We also supported the set up and delivery of clinical research in the NHS through our study support service.

Dermatology Research

The Dermatology specialty is one of over 30 specialties which bring together communities of clinical practice to provide national networks of research expertise. Our membership is made up of research-interested clinicians and practitioners at both national and local levels. Our job is to ensure that dermatology studies receive the right support to ensure they are delivered successfully in the NHS.

We support and promote research in the following areas:

  • Common chronic skin diseases such as urticaria, acne, drug reactions, eczema, and psoriasis where genetic research and biological therapies are opening an era of personalised medicine
  • Skin cancers including melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma
  • Skin infections such as herpes simplex, fungal infections impetigo and cellulitis
  • Children’s skin disorders where genetics often plays a major role
  • Rarer skin diseases such as hidradenitis and pyoderma gangrenosum

We also take the lead on research studies relating to wounds such as venous ulcers and pressure ulcers.

"Dermatology research improves lives for patients. It brings in new treatments for difficult conditions and shows up drugs which are ineffective. Patients who get involved with clinical studies tend to stay healthier, so our team wishes to make research available for all. Research is best done in a team and the NIHR is working towards bringing doctors, patients, nurses and scientists together to make new discoveries available in the clinic and improve patient outcomes."  Prof Nick Levell, Dermatology National Specialty Lead

Dermatology Clinical Specialty Leads

The Clinical Research Network is made up of 15 localities. Each one has at least one nominated local lead for dermatology research. These clinicians lead research groups to promote and support dermatology research within the NHS Trusts in their area.

At a national level the local leads come together to manage the national dermatology research portfolio overall. This involves regularly reviewing the progress of studies, identifying barriers to recruitment, and coming up with solutions and strategies to help overcome those barriers.

Meet our Specialty group members


CRN Dermatology Specialty Leaflet

The Dermatology Specialty leaflet gives an overview of the services we offer.

CRN Dermatology Specialty Profile

Read our Dermatology Specialty Profile to find out how we can support your commercial study.

How to access support

Find out how to apply for Clinical Research Network support and how your study can benefit from our Study Support Service