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.
Decentralized Biobanking "de-bi": An app for tracking research donations
Are you 18 and older and interested what happens to the tumor/tissue/blood you donate for research? This research project is developing an app for those who want to track or learn about their biosample donations and studying patient preferences for feedback about research on their biosamples.
7T COVID Study –Participants with Severe Illness (NOT COVID-19)
Are you 45-80 years of age? Were you admitted to a UPMC hospital for a severe infection (such as pneumonia or skin infection) that was not COVID-19 between March 2020 - July 2022? You may be able to participate in a study that involves completing questionnaires, undergoing psychological testing, providing a blood sample, and undergoing a specialized MRI scan of the brain. 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.
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.
Sensing Activity and Gait in Elderly Survivors
Have you completed primary treatment for cancer of any type (except basal cell skin carcinoma) within the last five years? Do you have a smartphone? You may be able to participate in a study to measure physical functioning in cancer survivors using smartphones and Fitbits. Participation involves installing study apps on your smartphone and a physical performance test. 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.
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.