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Research Collaborations

The Centre for Skin Sciences has many research collaborations and industry partnerships that span all our research capabilities. 

Networks within UK and with international clinical and research organisations include the Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) Dermatology and Burns Units, University of Leeds Pharma Hub and the NIH in the USA. Collaborations include funded PhD studentships under the NIH jointly between the Botchkarev Lab and Boston University and we are developing new project platforms in the area of skin disorders such as atopic dermatitis, altered pigmentation and wound care under the guidance of Dr Miriam Wittmann and Prof Des Tobin. 

CSS is a partner in one of the 8 UK Governments Healthcare Technology Cooperatives, working with the BRI on routes to improve wound care and healing and receives grants from charities such as the Wellcome Trust and, since 1985, from Bradford City Football Club Supporters Trust which has funded the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit to support plastic surgeon fellows to complete a period of skin based research.

CSS is the leading institution working to understand the importance of skin and hair regeneration, including the emerging field of epigenetics in skin and hair biology and disease. Our scientists have built a strong network of collaborations with research groups in the UK (Cambridge), USA (Harvard, Berkeley and Massachusetts), Europe (Napoli, Leubeck, Lausanne and Zurich) and China (Shanghai) and have accessed major grants from MRC and BBSRC to investigate topics in this area. 

With a long and excellent track record of partnering with industry, teams in CSS have current projects with major personal care and health care companies in the UK and Internationally. Working with partners such as  LVMH, Alliance Boots, L'Oreal YSL and Allergan, CSS teams have contributed basic scientific understanding in skin pigmentation and hair biology providing technical insights into how new technologies work in human skin cells and hair follicles.

CSS has projects spanning skin responses to its environment, working with companies including Reckitt Benckiser (via a Knowledge Transfer Partnership) and Philips (via the EU Marie Curie EID program) to understand skin responses to topical products as well as light as a bio modulator; modeling skin and hair follicle stem cell responses, skin irritation, metabolism and epidermal lipid profile changes to understand product-skin interactions.