About Skin, Hair, and Nails
As the largest organ in the body, the skin plays a variety of roles, from barrier and gateway to sensory array. At root, the skin works to keep things inside the body away from things outside the body; it stops diseases from entering easily and helps prevent the loss of fluids like blood. The sense of touch is made possible by the skin, as a network of nerve cells embedded in the skin relay information back to the brain. Skin and hair help the body keep its temperature stable, and finger- and toenails protect the sensitive endings of hands and feet. If the skin becomes irritated or infected it can result in conditions like eczema, acne, and psoriasis. Several types of cancer can develop on the skin, the most serious of which is melanoma. Whatever the cause, research into the prevention and treatment of skin conditions and diseases can help more people feel beautiful and comfortable in their own skin.
Evaluation of a virtual reality storytelling experience for oncology caregivers
Are you a caregiver who supported a loved one who received cancer treatment in the past 3 years? You may be able to participate in a research study to view a virtual reality (VR) storytelling experience created for cancer caregivers.
MyPaTH Story Booth 2.0
Interested in sharing your story about health, illness, or research? Patients and caregivers are needed to participate in a research study to help learn more about topics that are important to you and that may improve health and health care. Participation involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
MyPaTH Story Booth – COVID-19 Stories
Participants are invited to share how they are maintaining their health during the coronavirus pandemic, or to share what it is like being ill with COVID-19 and/or caring for a loved one who is ill with COVID-19. Participation in this research study involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
Sleep Intervention Study – Individuals with Cancer
Are you age 21 or older and diagnosed with cancer? You may be able to participate in a research study to test a treatment to improve sleep that includes you and your loved one and to see if it is more effective than treating sleep problems individually. This study involves engaging in a 1 hour session each week for 5-6 weeks. Your spouse/partner must be willing to participate in this study.
All of Us Pennsylvania Research Program
You may be able to change the future of medicine. The All of Us PA Research Program is enrolling adults 18 years of age or older. This may be your chance to improve how your children and your children’s children receive medical care.
Experiences of Return-to-Work in Registered Nurses with Cancer
Are you a nurse who has been treated for cancer? You may be able to participate in a study about your return-to-work experiences. Participation involves completing a 10-15 minute questionnaire and a 90-120 minute focus group interview. Compensation is provided.
Prescription Opioid and Chronic Pain Stigma in Cancer Survivors Study
Did you complete treatment for cancer at least 6 months ago and are still experiencing pain? You may be able to participate in a study to better understand chronic pain and opioid stigma in cancer survivors. Participation consists of one interview that takes between 30 and 45 minutes to complete, followed by a brief demographic questionnaire. Compensation is provided.
Are you currently receiving chemo for cancer at UPMC? Do you have a smartphone? You may be able to participate in a study to monitor symptoms during chemotherapy using smartphones and Fitbits. Participation involves installing study apps on your smartphone and completing daily questionnaires for 90 days. Compensation is provided.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lower Extremities Study
Have you been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) on your lower extremity (below the knee)? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to help researchers determine if the need for surgical treatment of SCC can be eliminated by injecting a solution of a chemotherapeutic drug.