Clinical Research

Clinical research interests in the Department of Dermatology encompass a wide range of topics such as: the effect of contact dermatitis on overall patient health, the relationship between stress, sleep and skin disease, treatment of basil cell carcinomas in Mohs surgery candidates and studies on the pathogenesis and treatment of cutaneous T cell lymphomas and melanomas. In addition, clinical faculty meet with basic science faculty to identify opportunities for translational research in areas such as Mohs surgery.

The University of Wisconsin, Department of Dermatology conducts clinical research in both children and adults. Our current research efforts involve topics such as:

  • Role of inflammatory skin disease in sleep disturbances
  • Phase II pharmaceutical trials of investigational drugs for the treatment of basal cell carcinoma.
  • Relationship of skin patch testing results for allergic dermatitis and clinical factors such as co-existing disease, medications, and allergies.
  • Pathogenesis and treatment of cutaneous T cell lymphomas
  • Development of a human skin model for psoriasis
  • Establishment of guidelines to improve staging of squamous cell carcinoma

In addition, clinical faculty meet with basic science faculty to identify opportunities for translational research in areas such molecular mechanism of cancer development and molecular diagnosis of skin diseases including; psoriasis, melanoma, and non-melanoma skin cancers.

Through the newly established Skin Diseases Research Center (SDRC), the program offers funding for pilot and feasibility studies from young investigators, established dermatologic investigators embarking on new topics, and other established investigators entering skin diseases research.

The Department of Dermatology clinical faculty also collaborates with investigators from other disciplines or specialties to provide dermatology support as dictated by clinical protocols including:

  • allergen “patch” testing
  • skin biopsies as required as part of a clinical trial
  • screening and follow-up skin examinations

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Justin Endo, MD - Email

Assistant Professor
UW Dermatology

Research Summary
Collaborating with the Division of Geriatrics to study a medication that treats Alzheimer's disease.

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Rita Lloyd, MD - Email

Professor
UW Dermatology

Research Summary
Interested in studies that define contact allergens in the environment, and the effect of resulting dermatitis on general health. 

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Ladan Mostaghimi, MD - Email

Professor
UW Dermatology

Research Summary
Clinical research in psychocutaneous medicine. Interested in studies that will clarify the relation between skin and mind.
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Margo Reeder, MD - Email

Assistant Professor and Director of Quality Improvement
UW Dermatology

Research Summary
Clinical Research, clinical database development, quality improvement, and implementation of outcome measures for clinical practice. 

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Gary S. Wood, MD - Email

Chairman

Research Summary
The Wood lab group focuses on the pathogenesis and treatment of cutaneous lymphomas and melanomas with special emphasis on apoptotic and proliferative mechanisms.