UK TREND was established by the British Association of Dermatologists in 2013; led by Professor Eugene Healy with a steering committee of national experts it meets three times a year.
UK TREND welcomes members from the healthcare profession, patients and carers with an interest in laboratory based or clinical research into skin disease. Members will have the opportunity to get involved with networking activities and research.
UK TREND aims to support its members to facilitate the development of multicentre studies in the UK and Ireland focused on translational research in skin biology and dermatology. Offering advice and support for early stage research proposals as well as links between members for established research consortia.
What is translational research?
When we talk about research we are usually talking about one of two types: basic or applied. Basic research is to study something with a view to learning more about it, such as observing the workings of a cell. Applied research involves the application of scientific theories in order to solve everyday problems, such as curing a disease.
Translational research is slightly different. It takes findings from basic and applied research and seeks to directly use these principles to improve patient care. The idea is two-fold, to ‘translate’ new findings and discoveries into new drugs, diagnostic aids, devices, and treatment options for patients, and to make sure that new principles actually reach the patient.
Why is translational research important?
Translational research is important as it enables us to use the knowledge we have to make sure that patients have the best possible care. The rate of research in the world means that our scientific knowledge base is constantly increasing, however, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the practical improvements in hospitals and clinics keep up. Translational research seeks to bridge this gap, applying these concepts to solve ‘real world’ problems.
What do we want from you?
UK TREND is looking for patients, carers, organisations, healthcare professionals and researchers to sign-up and to help develop and extend our network. So please spread the word.
What are the benefits?
Members will be able to get involved with relevant research into skin disease and biology, as well as having the potential for networking activities. We will keep you informed on key information about clinical research via our newsletter and website.
In addition, UK TREND aims to support its members to facilitate the development of multicentre studies in the UK and Ireland focused on translational research in skin biology and dermatology. It will offer advice and help to facilitate early stage research proposals and links between members for established research consortia.
Aims of UK TREND
The overarching aim of UK TREND is to directly benefit patient care by supporting, facilitating and further developing internationally-leading, translational research in skin biology and skin disease across the UK.
UK TREND website
UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network
Dr. Alexander Lyons
British Association of Dermatologists
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