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Rhode Island Hospital Recruiting Participants to Study New Treatments for Psoriasis


Rhode Island Hospital is recruiting local volunteers for a study on an investigational drug for the treatment for psoriasis, a thick, itchy, reddened patches of skin. Plaque psoriasis is a chronic, recurrent skin condition varying from mild to severe. It is estimated that 2 to 3 percent of the world’s population is affected with psoriasis.

Although it is not considered life threatening, plaque psoriasis is a medically significant disease that can profoundly impact a patient’s quality of life, causing physical and mental disability.

Study participants must be age 18 or older, and have a current diagnosis of psoriasis. The study, which will involve application of a topical ointment to the affected areas, will take place at Rhode Island Hospital. It will include examinations by board-certified dermatologists, study-related clinic visits, and the study drug, all provided free of charge. Qualified research participants also will receive compensation for time and travel.

Recruitment is ongoing and is expected to continue through December 2013. Study participants will need to be available for at least seven clinical visits over a period of 57 days.

For more information, please contact the Rhode Island Hospital Dermatology Research Unit at 401-444-7853