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Research and Clinical Trials

As the only Academic Medical Center in New Hampshire, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System have many active trials that are enrolling patients across the system.

A clinical trial/study is research in which people can participate and is one of the final steps in the process to look for better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat your condition. The purpose of a clinical trial/study is to research the effectiveness of a treatment, medication, experimental drug, or device. Many of the "standard treatments" that patients receive today were developed based on the results of previous clinical trials.

View the list of dermatology clinical trials with which this program is currently involved. Consider joining a trial today, you could help change the future of medicine.

The Dermatology section participates in research and clinical trials of new medications for common and rare skin diseases, such as:

  • Alopecia areata
  • Atopic dermatitis/eczema
  • Hidradenitis suppurativa
  • Infantile hemangiomas
  • Intractable itching
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin cancers
  • Skin lymphoma
  • Sun damage

Our trials include adults, children, seniors, and healthy people. We receive funding from pharmaceutical companies in order to conduct trials designed to advance the care of patients with skin diseases.

What to expect

Please feel free to inquire about clinical trials and if you have an interest in a specific study. We can prescreen for basic eligibility over the phone. An actual study screening visit will take place at our clinic, where your eligibility will be assessed. You will then have further opportunity to discuss the study in greater detail, review the consent forms, and study requirements.

Studies include required visits to D-H for examinations and, often, laboratory tests. These requirements vary from study to study. You can stop being in a study at any time and for any reason.

We conduct study visits at our Lebanon Heater Road clinic, as well as our Manchester clinic on Hitchcock Way. We understand that you may have to travel a far distance and some studies reimburse for travel.

Participation and referrals

If you are interested, please contact the principal investigator (PI) or our Clinical Trials coordinator, Debra Rodgers, to discuss the clinical trials available for your diagnosis and to answer any questions.

We also accept referrals from D-H dermatologists, as well as community-based dermatologists and physicians from all over New England.

Who we are

We have an experienced and certified staff, including MDs, nurses, and research coordinators to answer your questions and facilitate your participation and safety throughout a trial.

Principal Investigators

Clinical Trials Coordinator

  • Debra Rodgers: (603) 650-3693

The Clinical Research Unit and the Pharmacy at Dartmouth-Hitchcock provide additional laboratory and medication support.

Study sites

  • Lebanon, NH: DH Heater Road, 18 Old Etna Road, 3rd floor, Dermatology Clinic
  • Manchester, NH: 100 Hitchcock Way, Dermatology Clinic

Medical or pharmaceutical industry professionals interested in sponsoring or learning more about D-H Dermatology clinical trial capabilities and interests can contact Debra Rodgers.

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