Research in Dermatology

Dermatologists in our Division are active in clinical research in the fields of contact dermatitis, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, psoriasis, medical dermatology would healing, and some clinical drug trials.

In contact dermatitis specifically several residents are presently involved in projects involving contact allergy to topical medicaments, hair dye allergy, topical corticosteroid allergy, reactions to dental materials, a 10 year retrospective review of all epoxy allergic cases at the Ottawa patch-test clinic and finally, cardiac/vascular and joint prosthesis allergy.

Dr. Melanie Pratt, is our Research Director and an internationally recognized authority in contact dermatitis. Dr. Pratt is collaborating with Dr. John  Elliott from the University of Alberta, on a project dealing with the genetics of hair dye allergy.  It is an HLA study.  She is also collaborating with Dr. Peter Hull from the University of Saskatchewan, looking at a possible filaggrin mutation in patients with polysensitization.

Our Dermatology Residents all have research projects and most will present nationally at the Canadian Dermatology Association Meeting, as well as internationally at the American Contact Dermatitis Society Meeting or the American Academy of Dermatology meeting.  Many go on to publish their studies and cases.  Several residents have won awards for their projects and presentations at these meetings over the years.

Dr. Steven Glassman performs clinical research in the fields of Psoriasis, Vitiligo and Photobiology.  He is medical director of the photodermatology units at TOH and Elizabeth Bruyere Health Centre (Bruyere Continuing Care).

Our Mohs surgery unit opened in June 2009 and is run by Dr. Jillian Macdonald.

Dr. Jennifer Beecker is establishing a Pigmented Lesion Clinic, to provide service education and research into the early diagnosis of malignant melanoma.