Skin Health Study Seeks Interested Participants

Research Centre: Queensland Institute of Dermatology
Location: Ground floor, 10 Browning St, South Brisbane, Australia 4101
Lead Researcher: Dr. Rowland Noakes
HREC: This study has been reviewed and approved by the Ramsay Health Care QLD Human Research Ethics Committee


Narrowband UVB phototherapy is an effective therapy used for psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, vitiligo, pruritus and several other conditions. Further, not many patients who may benefit from it are capable of accessing this therapy as treatment requires a special kind of equipment that may be only available within major centers.

Researchers are seeking other ways to help those with skin conditions by replicating Narrowband UVB therapy through alternative means. This research study is assessing the effectiveness of natural sunlight and a topical lotion containing natural products, such as amino acids, in helping those with eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo and pruritus

Interested participants 18 years old or older who have either eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo or pruritus. Participants must be willing to comply with the study requirements. 

Why Participate? 

  • You may receive a potential treatment for your skin condition. 
  • You may be able to manage the signs and symptoms for your skin condition.
  • You may contribute valuable information that may benefit others in the future.
  • All study-related medication, tests and medical care will be provided to you at no cost.
  • You will be compensated with one $30 gift voucher per visit to cover study-related expenses.
  • You will be helping to advance medical research.

Your Rights

  • If you decide to participate in the study and later feel that you no longer wish to be part of it, you may withdraw at any time.
  • Your records relating to this study and any other information received will be kept strictly confidential, except as required by the law.
  • Qualified health professionals will monitor your health as it relates to the study.

Who Can Participate?

  • Adults aged 18 years old or older who have either eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo or pruritus.
  • Participants must be willing to attend visits 3 times a week at the research centre for the application of the study lotion followed by a measured dose of sunlight. The measurement will be done by an electronic instrument. 
    • The duration of the sun exposure depends on the intensity of the sun and could take 1-2 hours to complete.
  • Participants also need to attend formal assessments at 6 weekly intervals.  
  • The duration of the study for participants with psoriasis, atopic dermatitis will be about 12 weeks.
  • The duration of the study for participants with vitiligo will be about 6 months.

About The Research Centre:

Queensland Institute of Dermatology
The Queensland Institute of Dermatology is committed to providing outstanding dermatology services to the general community. The Queensland Institute of Dermatology recognise that patients are their most important asset, and they are committed to providing them with compassionate health care in a technologically advanced environment. As a teaching institute, QIDerm provides education in: medical dermatology, and procedures and training, to promote an advanced understanding of the dermatology specialty.


What Next?

  1. Click the link below to enter your contact details and answer some eligibility questions.
  2. The research centre will then contact you by phone to discuss the trial and answer your questions.
Click Here to Check Your Eligibility