Our Approach

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 through 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. 

Maria B. Alora-Palli, MD, the 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 harvardskinstudies@partners.org. Our scheduler can outline the trial criteria, risks, and benefits for you.  If you feel you meet the initial criteria and want to participate in the study:

  • You will receive an appointment for your first office visit.
  • During that visit, you may have a physical examination, blood work and other tests performed.
  • If your tests show that you qualify for the study, you will be given study medication.
  • You are expected to take medications as prescribed; follow instructions; and keep all appointments.
  • You may be compensated for your time.
  • All appointments are at 50 Staniford Street,  Suite 240 Boston, MA.

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.

We are actively conducting several dermatology studies. Some involve investigational drugs, some involve surveys, and some involve therapeutic approaches.  We are currently recruiting patients for prurigo nodularis (PN), psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis. 

To Contact Us

Please email us at harvardskinstudies@partners.org

Call us at 617-726-5066

50 Staniford Street
Second Floor, Suite 240
Boston, MA  02114

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