Patients are participating in skin research around the world

We currently have a number of clinical trials and research studies seeking patients managing various types of skin conditions. We can help find trials and research studies near you and may help you to get access to those opportunities.

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Skin clinical trials and research studies

What is skin and skin conditions?

The skin is the body’s largest organ. It is a waterproof, physical barrier that protects against infection from pathogens such as bacteria, helps regulate body temperature through sweat, plays a pivotal role in synthesising vitamin D, and helps detect stimuli including temperature, pain and pressure. The skin is made up of three layers: the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutis. Within these layers, there are glands, nerves and blood vessels, which all work together to keep the skin healthy but also to help and ensure the skin is performing its function. Skin cells also produce hair and nails.

There are a number of conditions, disorders and diseases that can affect the skin. Some are caused by infection by pathogens and include warts and fungal infections. Another group of conditions involve the immune system, such as dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis, and can be triggered by environmental factors or stress. With the skin’s exposure to sunlight, it is particularly vulnerable to UV-mediated damage and cancer, also known as melanoma.

Where is skin research now?

Currently, skin research is focused on understanding the underlying mechanisms of skin conditions, disorders and diseases, and how best to diagnose, manage and treat them. For infections, researchers are constantly developing new topical treatments to combat symptoms and to kill harmful pathogens. While for conditions involving the immune system, the latest research is exploring more effective ways to manipulate or disrupt the immune system in specific ways to provide relief to patients. The most exciting breakthrough in skin research has been in the treatment of skin cancer, with immunotherapies proving to be efficacious treatments for patients at different stages of progression. There is also groundbreaking research in developing technologies to enhance skin grafts and biosensors to detect small changes in sweat which can help in tracking health and disease.

How can I get involved in skin research?

Participating in skin research and clinical trials may help you gain access to the latest treatments or it may help pave the way in developing new therapies that will benefit others. There are a large number of clinical trials and research studies undertaken around the world each year to understand and treat different kinds of skin conditions.

Participants participated for skin trials around the world

Opin’s direct-to-patient approach can reduce participant timelines to weeks, not months.

Number of Participants

required for trials.

* out of total trials participating

Skin clinical trials and research studies around the world

471 trials

Phase 1

600 trials

Phase 2

246 trials

Phase 3

147 trials

Phase 4

1,886 trials


Leading areas of skin research

Types of skin