Conditions We Study

Our team of research doctors and staff, based in Portland, Oregon, specialize in dermatologic conditions as well as some general medical conditions. Read below to find out more about the conditions we study. If you suffer from one of these conditions, you may be a candidate for one of our active studies. Our list of active studies changes all the time. If you have a condition for which we are not currently enrolling participants, sign up today to add your name to our database and we will contact you when we have a study for which you may qualify.

Psoriasis is a common skin disease characterized by red plaques, covered by thick white scales, that can be anywhere on the body, including common areas like the elbows, knees, and scalp. We’ve been involved with every significant new medication approved for psoriasis since 1998. Learn more about psoriasis

Eczema is a general name that can cover a variety of usually very itchy disease processes. The more common are contact dermatitis (for example, poison oak) and atopic dermatitis. The pipeline of new treatments being developed for eczema is growing significantly and provides a people with this condition new options and hope. Learn more about eczema

Hair Loss or Alopecia can come in a variety of forms, including male pattern baldness or thinning associated with aging. Learn more about alopecia or other disorders of the hair

Vitiligo is a disease that causes the loss of skin color in blotches. Vitiligo can affect the skin on any part of the body and may also affect hair color. Learn more about vitiligo

Rosacea is a fairly common skin disease that includes flushing, redness, visible blood vessels, and sometimes acne-like breakouts. In its most severe form, rosacea can cause enlargement of the nose. Learn more about rosacea

Onychomycosis or Fungal Infection of the Nails is a type of fungus that can infect nails causing increased thickness as well as crumbling and discoloration of the nail plate. Learn more about toenail fungus

Frown Lines, or glabellar lines, are vertical lines that appear between eyebrows. Learn more about frown lines.

Cosmetic studies are wide ranging and can include treatments to reduce tummy fat, wrinkles and other facial lines, facial fillers, and eyebrow/eyelash growth studies. Learn more about cosmetic improvement studies

Actinic Keratoses (AKs) are dry, scaly, rough-textured spots that form on the skin after years of exposure to sunlight. Learn more about actinic keratosis

Seborrheic Keratoses (SKs) are sometimes called age spots. They are raised warty growths that develop on the skin with age and can be skin-colored, tan, gray, brown, or black. Learn more about seborrheic keratosis

Photoaging/Photodamage are terms used interchangeably to describe chronic changes in the appearance and function of the skin caused by repeated sun exposure rather than by the passage of time. Learn more about photoaging and photodamage

Hyperhydrosis or Excessive Sweating is a common condition that most often affects the armpits, palms, soles, or a combination of these areas. Learn more about excessive sweating

Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. There are many different types of skin cancer. Learn more about skin cancer

Psoriatic Arthritis is an inflammation around the joints and soft tissues that occurs in up to 30% of people with psoriasis. Learn more about psoriatic arthritis

Lichen Planus is a chronic condition that can cause swelling and irritation in the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes. On the skin, lichen planus usually appears as purplish, itchy, flat bumps that develop over several weeks. Learn more about lichen planus

Other conditions studied include:

  • Pharmacokinetic Studies
  • Fungal Infection of the Skin