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.
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.
All of Us Pennsylvania Research Program
All of Us wants at least one million people to join. Your participation can help shape the future of health for generations to come. People who join will share information. This might be about their health, habits, and what it’s like where they live. It might also be about family history and genes. By looking for patterns, researchers may learn more about what affects people’s health.
The Experiences of Self-Advocacy in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer - Adult Arm
Have you been diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 18-29? You may be eligible for a research study to look at how adolescents and young adults with cancer self-advocate or stand up for themselves.
Cancer and Opioids: Patient Experiences with Stigma (COPES)
Have you been diagnosed with advanced cancer and currently take prescription pain medication to treat your pain? You may be eligible to participate in a research study to develop interventions to promote safe, effective, and informed opioid pain management practices for millions of patients with cancer pain. Compensation is provided.
Ballad - Bullous Pemphigoid Study
Have you been diagnosed with moderate to severe bullous pemphigoid? You may be eligible to participate in a research study to investigate a potential treatment for bullous pemphigoid. Compensation provided.
Work Limitations in Nurses with Cancer
Are you a nurse that has been diagnosed with cancer? You may be eligible for a research study to understand work experiences among nurses with cancer.
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.
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.