Research and clinical trials

The dermatology department plays an active role in research designed to improve the understanding and treatment of skin disease and help develop new treatments for patients.

If you are interested in being part of a clinical trial, then feel free to ask your dermatology doctor or nurse whether there is a trial that may be suitable for you.
All patients are also encouraged to register to take part in the Exeter 10,000 project.

Information and about us

Non-commercial studies:

• BADBIR – UK Register of patients receiving biologic therapy for psoriasis

Commercial studies:

The department is involved in a number of commercial research studies, comparing new or existing pharmaceutical drugs or interventions. These studies cover a range of skin conditions including psoriasis, actinic keratosis and skin lymphoma.


We have established collaborations with the University of Exeter, including the Centre for Biomedical Modelling and Analysis and with the Gastroenterology research team as part of their study on Skin reactions in patients on Anti-TNF medication for their Inflammatory Bowel disease.

Contact us

If you want to get in touch with the department, please contact us on 01392 405510.

Where to find us

RD&E Heavitree, Gladstone Rd, Exeter EX1 2ED

Department of Dermatology

Specialist community dermatology services for the area are based at Tiverton, Exmouth, and Sidmouth. They can manage a wide range of dermatology conditions. The services are run by GPs who also work alongside us in the dermatology department at Heavitree.

We also run consultant led community services at Barnstaple, Tiverton and Axminster.

Meet the team

Mr Robert James is the NIHR Dermatology Research nurse coordinating the delivery of both non-commercial and commercial studies and clinical trials in the dermatology department.

Dr Yusur Al-Nuaimi is the Research lead for the Dermatology department and the Peninsula Dermatology Speciality Lead for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Dermatology Network. She and Dr Carolyn Charman are members of the UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network Steering Group. These groups direct how dermatology research studies are conducted and delivered across the UK.

Patient information leaflets

The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) have produced a number of patient information leaflets (PILs) to help you understand more about a particular skin condition.

They inform you what the condition is, what causes it, what can be done about it and where you can find out more information about it. Where possible, they advise you on what you can do yourself on a day-to-day basis to help with your skin condition. 

For accessibility queries related to different formats including large print, please visit the British Association of Dermatologists Skinhealth website.

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Information for healthcare professionals

We have a dedicated section of the website for guidance, referral information and other useful information for Healthcare Professionals.

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Last updated: November 16, 2022.