Psoriasis Skin Sample Study


STUDY BASICS

Have you been diagnosed by a physician with moderate to severe psoriasis? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a research study to help learn more about the role of genetics, proteins, and the immune system in the development of psoriasis. Compensation provided.


STUDY PURPOSE

Psoriasis is a common skin condition in which skin cells grow too quickly and form thick patches of white, silvery, or red skin. Experts believe that psoriasis occurs when the body’s immune system overreacts and attacks healthy skin cells. Although there are many treatments for psoriasis, the condition can be difficult to manage.

The purpose of this study is to help researchers learn more about psoriasis by collecting and storing tissue and blood samples from people with psoriasis. Specifically, researchers will study the roles that genetics, the immune system, and certain proteins play in the development of psoriasis. Researchers hope their findings will lead to better care for people with psoriasis in the future.


COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?

•    Ages 18 and up
•    Diagnosed with psoriasis by a physician
•    Not currently taking pills or shots for the treatment of psoriasis


WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT

This study involves up to 2 visits. During the first visit, you will have a blood draw and two biopsies. One biopsy will be taken from an area of your skin with psoriasis and a second biopsy will be taken from an area of normal skin where you do not have psoriasis. If the biopsy requires stitches, you will need to return in 10-14 days to have them removed.


IRB:
  PRO09110099 - Skin sample collection for the study of Psoriasis.

Age Range
AGE:   18 and Up

Duration VISITS:  Up to 2 visits

Location LOCATION: 
Falk Clinic - Oakland

Compensation COMPENSATION: 
Up to $180
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MEET THE RESEARCHER


Alicia Mathers

Alicia R. Mathers, PhD, is Associate Professor of Dermatology and Associate Professor of Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh. A graduate of West Virginia University, Dr. Mathers’ research interests include understanding how cutaneous inflammation is induced and using that knowledge to develop novel therapeutics.





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