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Skin Research Centre

Here in the Skin Research Centre, we bring together world-leading skin scientists, clinicians and advanced technology experts to improve skin health.

About us

Through our innovative and translational approach to skin research, we bring about positive changes in healthcare and contribute to the overall well-being of people worldwide.

The Skin Research Centre is a pivotal component within the Experimental Medicine and Biomedicine research group, whose roots trace back to the very foundation of Hull York Medical School. Leveraging the group’s profound emphasis and expertise in immunology and infection research, we are driving transformative advancements in global health.

Our research with the NHS and industry is driving improvements in skin sampling techniques, diagnosis, and treatment of skin cancer and various skin conditions.

We offer extensive and comprehensive coverage across the entire spectrum of skin research. Our membership to the York Biomedical Research Institute brings additional access to expertise and technology to the Skin Research Centre.

From scientific discovery to applied research, clinical research, and pilot production and manufacturing, we are dedicated to making a lasting impact on skin health.

Why we are taking on skin research

Skin, being the largest organ in the body, plays an essential role in protecting us from infection and injury.

Wound care poses a significant health economic burden, costing the NHS a staggering £8.3 billion each year.1 Other skin conditions also impose a significant cost on the NHS, costing £723million annually, and more than 3 million primary care hours.

Many patients also highlight the psychosocial impact of these conditions as a significantly affecting their wellbeing.

Despite the evident need skin research, there is a significant knowledge gap both nationally and globally.

At our Skin Research Centre, we bridge the divide between scientific discoveries and practical applications, to bring tangible improvements to the lives of individuals with skin conditions.

We foster collaboration with the NHS, national, and international industries to conduct ground-breaking research and develop innovations in diagnosis and treatments.

1. Guest JF et al., BMJ Open. 2020 doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-045253

Our goal is to meet the medical needs in skin health and truly make a difference in people’s lives

News in brief

Inaugural lecture: Professor Tarl Prow

Join us for the inaugural lecture by Professor Tarl Prow, the Director of the Skin Research Centre, at the University of York on 30 January 2024.

Hull York Medical School launches Skin Research Centre

We are delighted that the Skin Research Centre has today been officially launched by Hull York Medical School, bringing together leading scientists, clinicians and advanced technology experts to improve skin health globally.

Welcome to Dr Kim Robinson

We are delighted to welcome Dr Kim Robinson, who has joined the Skin Research Centre as a Lecturer in Skin Research.

Welcome to Dr Katrien Van Bocxlaer

We are delighted to welcome Dr Katrien Van Bocxlaer who has joined us as a Lecturer in Skin Research.

Clinical study reveals alternative to antibiotics for treating adult female acne

A recent study published in The BMJ has shown promising results in using a repurposed medication, Spironolactone, for the treatment of adult female acne.

Our partnerships and funders

Contact us

We welcome enquiries about collaborating with us.