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Study of Skin Microbiome in Atopic Dermatitis Patients

Research Question:
How does the bacteria on your skin change when you have atopic dermatitis?

Basic Study Information

Everybody's skin has bacteria that normally lives on it. Previous research has shown that people with eczema have higher concentrations of a certain bacteria (S. aureus), especially when their disease is active. The purpose of this study is (a) to see if reductions in another skin bacteria (C. acnes) plays a role in the overgrowth of S. aureus in eczema patients, and (b) to examine how the types of bacteria present in the skin of patients with eczema or psoriasis change with disease activity. We are looking for three groups of people aged 13–65: 1) healthy controls; 2) people who have plaque-stage psoriasis; 3) people who have atopic dermatitis. The research visit will include: 3 skin swabs on the arm, leg, or chest/back; Measurement of skin barrier function in these same locations; 30cc (two tablespoons) blood draw.

Location: University of Rochester Medical Center
Study Reference #: STUDY00003830

Lead Researcher (Principal Investigator)

Lead Researcher:  Lisa Beck

Study Contact Information

Study Coordinator: Kimberly Leffler
Phone: (585) 275-9577

Additional Study Details

Reimbursement:  Yes

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