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Clinical trials at CURTIS, also known as Harvard Skin Studies, conducts patient studies for a broad spectrum of skin conditions.
CURTIS stands for the Clinical Unit for Research Trials and Outcomes in Skin. We are a research unit in the Dermatology Department of Massachusetts General Hospital that conducts a wide range of patient studies evaluating new therapies for a broad spectrum of skin diseases as well as investigating quality of life issues. Our unit also offers cutting-edge therapy to patients looking for alternative or new approaches to care.
About CURTIS and Our Staff
Also known as Harvard Skin Studies, CURTIS performs investigator-initiated studies as well as industry-sponsored clinical studies from Phase 1 though Phase 4. Our physicians, faculty, residents and fellows have broad expertise and experience on a wide range of dermatologic conditions.
Our faculty serve as principal investigators, and our dermatology residents and postdoctoral fellow can participate with faculty to design and perform clinical research as part of their training. Our clinical research fellowship is one of the most comprehensive in the country.
Alexa Boer Kimball, MD, MPH is Medical Director of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, Director of the Clinical Unit for Research Trials and Outcomes in Skin, and Professor of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School. Her research linking psoriasis to a number of medical conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, depression, and cancer has been increasing our understanding of how immune diseases may be related. Her recent research also focuses on hidradenitis suppurativa (chronic disease of the sweat glands) and she is experienced in doing studies on acne, skin aging, skin cancer (including melanoma and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma), warts, and onychomyosis (fungal nail infections).
Maria B. Alora-Palli, MD, the Associate Director of CURTIS, manages clinical trials evaluating new therapies and devices for a broad spectrum of skin diseases including psoriasis, warts, skin aging, and acne.
What to Expect
The first step in the process is to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our scheduler can outline the trial criteria, risks, and benefits for you. If you feel you meet the initial criteria and want to particpate in the study:
About This Program
As part of the Harvard Medical School and the Partners Healthcare System, our dermatology research unit has been conducting clinical studies for more than 20 years.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterized by inflamed, red, raised areas that often develop as silvery scales on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. These areas may itch or feel sore. Some patients have joint inflammation, a condition commonly known as psoriatic arthritis.
Acne: Plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and even deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and the upper arms. Acne affects most teenagers to some extent. However, the disease is not restricted to any age group; adults in their 20s - even into their 40s - can get acne. While not a life threatening condition, acne can be upsetting and disfiguring. When severe, acne can lead to serious and permanent scarring. Even less severe cases can lead to scarring. To avoid acne scarring, treating acne early is important.
Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS), considered a severe form of acne, is a chronic, painful skin disease that may appear as boil like lesions, abscesses, & scars on the armpits and groin.
A Skin Cancer is a malignant tumor that grows in the skin cells and accounts for more than 50 percent of all cancers. The most common forms of skin cancer are basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma.
Currently, Dr. Kimball is actively conducting several dermatology studies, including therapies for eczema or atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and a research study on skin aging in women, particulary those women of Chinese or Hispanic descent in specific age groups.
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CURTIS50 Staniford StreetSecond Floor, Suite 240Boston, MA 02114
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