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Study Coordinators:
Erika Hanami
Study Coordinator, Dermatology Research Clinical Trial Unit
UNC Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center
410 Market Street, Suite 400
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Telephone: (984) 974-3669
Fax: (984) 974-3670

The Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU) was established in 2007 under the direction of Dr. Aida Lugo-Somolinos to promote clinical and translational research in dermatology. The CTRU is located in our Dermatology Clinic in Southern Village and is fully equipped to conduct clinical trials from Phase II-IV. Our facilities have dedicated research rooms, a full time research coordinator, nursing staff and laboratory to collect and process samples. We also have bilingual staff to reach our growing Hispanic population. For studies that require a more advanced setting, we also utilize facilities at the Clinical and Transitional Research Center (CTRC) located at UNC Hospitals.


We work with several industry sponsors on multi-center trials to look for new drugs or new indications of drugs to treat various dermatological conditions. Our particular interests are acne, psoriasis, onychomycosis, atopic dermatitis (eczema), epidermolysis bullosa, hidradenitis suppurativa, and pemphigus vulgaris. The CTRU collaborates with other UNC investigators on their melanoma and basal cell carcinoma clinical trials.
Click here for the Clinical Trials page.