Dermatology Clinical Research

PHDermatology has established a premier Dermatology Clinical Research Program designed to engage our community in the development of new treatments for dermatologic conditions that are affecting our population.

The Director of the Dermatology Clinical Research Program for PHDermatology is John C. Mavropoulos, MD, MPH, PhD. Dr. Mavropoulos is a board-certified dermatologist and Mohs Surgeon with over 9 years of experience as a clinical trial investigator. Dr. Michael D. Tharp, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with nearly 30 years of clinical trial experience, serves as the Assistant Director of the Clinical Research Program.

Enrolling In A Clinical Study

Why should I join a clinical study?

The development of new treatments for dermatologic conditions can only occur through research. Joining a clinical study helps doctors and scientists learn what treatments work best. When you volunteer to participate in a study, you improve doctors’ ability to diagnose, prevent and treat medical conditions.

What is Informed Consent?

Informed Consent is the process used to give you essential information about a research study before you decide to join a study. 

To help you decide if you want to participate, members of the research team will explain the details of the study to you. This includes an explanation of the study’s purpose, a description of all study procedures, the time it will take for the procedures, how long the study will last, and the benefits and the risks of participating in the study.

You will be asked to sign a written document, called an Informed Consent Form, that contains all this information.  You will be given a copy of the Informed Consent Form after both you and the study investigator sign it.

Joining a study is Voluntary

Joining a study is up to you. Even after you join, you can leave the study at any time.

Who can join a study?

Every study has unique factors, called eligibility criteria, for who can participate in it. The study investigator will ensure that you are eligible before any study procedures begin.  

What is Expected of Me?

If you decide to join a study, you will be asked to sign the Informed Consent Form.  Additionally, you will be asked to come back to PHDermatology at the study specific timepoints. 

If the study includes the use of medication, you will be asked to use the medication as directed by the study investigator. If the study includes the use of patient diaries, you will be asked to complete the diaries and bring the diaries to study visits as directed by the study investigator. The Informed Consent Form will outline all your study responsibilities. You will be given a copy of the signed Informed Consent Form.

What will happen to me if I join a study?

The exact procedures of a specific study will be explained to you during the informed consent discussion.  The Informed Consent Form will detail the study procedures. You will be given a copy of the signed Informed Consent Form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I change my mind if I am in a study?

Yes, you can change your mind at any time.  Being in the study is voluntary.  If you do not want to be in the study any longer, just let you study investigator know.

How long will the study last?

Each study has a different study schedule. The study Informed Consent Form will provide you with the study timeframe.  This information will include the time it will take for study procedures, the time it takes for a study visit, how often you will have study visits and how long the study will last.

Will I be paid to be in a study?

Some studies will pay you to take part. Each study is different. The study Informed Consent Form will tell you if you will be paid, what you will be paid and when you will be paid. You will be given a copy of the signed Informed Consent Form.

Will I know the results of the study?

It can take many years to analyze information learned from the study to finalize study results. Researchers may or may not be able to provide you study results at the end of the study. 

Who do I call if I have questions about the study I am in?

If you have any questions about the study you have joined, please contact Dr. Mavropoulos at (727) 786-3810.

Who will know I am in a study?

You can tell anyone that you would like to know. The study investigator and the study team will know that you are in the study.  

The study Informed Consent Form will identify the other people, if any, who may know about your participation.