THE CENTRE FOR CLINICAL TRIALS
The Centre for Clinical Trials by ICLS conducts both original research and clinical trials alongside the pharmaceutical industry with the goal of bringing new treatment options to our patients.
Our areas of skin research include but are not limited to acne, alopecia, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, vitiligo and cosmetic studies. Click Current & Upcoming Studies to see our latest skin trials.
Are you eligible for a current or upcoming clinical study?
Contact our Clinical Trial Coordinators to find out if you or someone in your family is a fit for one of our upcoming clinical trials. We frequently host studies for adults and adolescents on the following skin concerns. Don't see your condition listed here? Contact us.
Acne vulgaris is the medical name for common acne -- the presence of blackheads, whiteheads, and other types of pimples on the skin. The most common spots for breakouts are the face, chest, shoulders, and back. Although mild acne may improve with over-the-counter treatments, more severe forms should be treated by a dermatologist.
Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema
Eczema or Atopic Dermatitis is a group of conditions that cause inflammation of the skin. Typically, eczema causes skin to become itchy, red, and dry -- even cracked and leathery. Eczema can appear on any part of the body. It is a chronic problem for many people.
If you’ve seen a lot of extra hair on your pillow, brush, or shower drain, or you’ve noticed odd little bald spots in the mirror, you might have an autoimmune disorder called alopecia areata. With an autoimmune disease, your immune system attacks your own body. With alopecia areata, the hair follicles are being attacked. This causes the hair to come out, often in clumps the size and shape of a quarter. The amount of hair loss is different in everyone. Some people lose it only in a few spots. Others lose a lot.
Cosmetic clinical trials are normally geared towards scars, skin tightening and anti-aging procedures.
Plaque psoriasis is a skin disease that affects about one million Canadians. It comes in several forms, but plaque psoriasis is the most common. Plaques are raised red patches covered with a whitish buildup of dead skins cells called scale. They usually show up on your elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back, but you can have them anywhere. Plaques often itch or hurt.
The biggest thing you'll notice is redness on your cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. Less often, the color can appear on your neck, head, ears, or chest. After a while, broken blood vessels might show through your skin, which can thicken and swell up. Up to half of people with rosacea also get eye problems like redness, swelling, and pain.
Vitiligo is a condition in which white patches develop on the skin. Any location on the body can be affected, and most people with vitiligo have white patches on many areas.