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, MD, the Director of  CURTIS, manages clinical trials evaluating new therapies and devices for a broad spectrum of skin diseases including psoriasis, hidradenitis suppuativa, alopecia, atopic dermatitis,  warts, rosacea, acne, and skin aging.

As part of the Harvard Medical School and the Partners Healthcare System, our dermatology research unit has been conducting clinical studies for more than 30 years.

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

Additional Resources

  1. ClinicalTrials.Gov
  2. Partners Clinical Trials

Currently Recruiting for Skin Studies

We are actively conducting several dermatology studies. Some involve investigational drugs, some involve surveys, and some involve therapeutic approaches. We are currently recruiting for the following clinical trials:

Bumps or Lumps with Extreme Itch

Bumps or Lumps with Extreme Itch

If you have bumps or lumps on your skin with extreme itch, you may qualify for a study.

Do You Have Psoriasis?

Do You Have Psoriasis?

if you have psoriasis, you may qualify to participate in a Psoriasis Registry.

Moderate to Severe Atopic Dermatitis

Moderate to Severe Atopic Dermatitis

Are you 12 years old or older with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis?

Living with Atopic Dermatitis?

Living with Atopic Dermatitis?

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of an oral medication.