The UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network: how far have we come?

Author(s): Carron Layfield, Adrian Yong, Kim Thomas and Hywel Williams

The UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network (UK DCTN) was established in 2002 to fill a gap for independent evidence for the treatment and prevention of skin disease. The network has now grown into a UK-wide collaborative group of over 750 members and has completed five multicenter independent clinical trials with a further four new studies in set-up. This article describes how the UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network has advanced since our original article in Clinical Investigation in 2010, which outlined how the Network was established. By sharing the development and results of our studies, and other initiatives such as our trainee Fellowships and Priority Setting Partnerships, we hope to stimulate the formation of other similar collaborative clinical research networks.