University of California, Irvine Dermatology Clinical Research Center

Center Information

Patty Summerville, CCRC
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
University of California, Irvine Dermatology Clinical Research Center
843 Health Sciences Rd, Room 1001
Irvine, CA 92697
(949) 824-2319
(949) 824-8954

Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas

Internal Medicine

Performance Metrics

Number of Studies Conducted: 60+
Number of Studies Actually Completed: 50+
Number of Active Patients in the Database: 200+
Regulatory Submission Turn-Around Time: 1 Month(s)
Average Number of Total Patients Enrolled: 35
Average Percent of Total Patients Randomized: 90%
Average Percent of ‘Completed’ Studies that met Enrollment Goals: 90%
EDC Capabilities: Yes


For over 30 years, University of California, Irvine Dermatology Clinical Research Center has been dedicated to providing innovative treatments and medications for the treatment of a variety of skin conditions. We aim to advance a deeper understanding of dermatology conditions, and to expand and improve upon the current scope of dermatology treatments. Our team of highly qualified investigators, coordinators and staff are committed to responsible research, with patient safety as the highest priority. All studies are closely monitored to assess the efficacy and safety of novel and emerging therapies, as well as treatments already FDA-approved and available to patients. We are a dedicated academic research site.


University of California, Irvine Dermatology Clinical Research Center conducts clinical research studies in therapeutic areas including psoriasis, acne, acne scarring, eczema, atopic dermatitis, rosacea, melanoma, actinic keratosis, hair and nail disorders, fungal disease, hemangioma, port-wine stain, cellulite, skin aging and photoaging. We also address a variety of cosmetic concerns, including breast scarring and submental fat reduction, as well as laser hair removal treatments.

List of Sponsors:

  • 3M Pharmaceuticals
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Adolor Corp.
  • Allergan, Inc.
  • Alma Lasers, Inc.
  • Almay
  • Altana Pharma
  • Amgen
  • Artes Medical, Inc.
  • Astellas Pharma Inc.
  • AxyS
  • Basilea Pharmaceutica
  • Bertek Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Biogen
  • Bristol Myers-Squibb
  • Burroughs Welcome
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Candela Laser
  • Centocor
  • Connective Therapeutics
  • Covance
  • Dupont
  • DUSA Pharmaceuticals
  • Fujisawa
  • Galderma
  • Genentech
  • Genzyme
  • Glaxo
  • IDEC
  • ICN Pharmaceuticals
  • Immune Response
  • Isis Pharmaceuticals
  • IVAX
  • Janssen Pharmaceutical
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kythera
  • Ligand Pharmaceuticals
  • Medicis Pharmaceutical
  • Merck
  • Novartis
  • Obagi Medical Products
  • Ortho
  • Otsuka
  • Paragon
  • Parke Davis
  • PDL
  • Penederm
  • Pierre Fabre Pharmaceuticals
  • Pfizer
  • Reliant Technologies
  • Revlon
  • Quadralogic-QLT
  • Quintiles
  • Sandoz
  • Senetek PLC
  • Smith Kline Beecham
  • Serono, Inc
  • Suneva Medical
  • SymBio Pharmaceuticals
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • Triangle Dermatology
  • Unimed Pharmaceuticals
  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals International
  • Wyeth Pharmaceuticals


The Dermatology Clinical Research Center (DCRC) is located in Hewitt Hall and in partnership with ICTS. The building consists of 9,500 sq feet which includes rooms for photography, facilities for phlebotomy, records storage, a fully-equipped procedure room, four consultation rooms and a conference room. The nursing staff is trained in precise specimen collection and patient care delivery to assure that the clinical studies are carried out in accordance with the IRB. The DCRC provides a safe, state-of-the-art, and welcoming environment for study subjects and principal investigators. Recent studies have investigated a wide variety of treatments including topical creams, biologics, laser therapies and oral medications.


Principal Investigators:

Laila Elkeeb, MD - Dermatology
Director of Clinical Research
Specialty: Psoriasis

Christopher Zachary, MBBS FRCP - Dermatology
Department Chair
Specialty: Dermatologic Surgery, Cosmetic Dermatology and Laser Therapy

Sergei Grando, MD PhD - Dermatology
Vice Chair for Research
Specialty: Pemphigus, Cutaneous Lupus

Kenneth Linden, MD PhD - Dermatology
Associate Professor
Specialty: Dermatologic Oncology

Kristen Kelly, MD - Dermatology
Associate Professor
Specialty: Dermatologic Laser Surgery, Vascular Birthmarks, Cutaneous Angiogenesis

Anand Ganesan, MD PhD - Dermatology
Assistant Clinical Professor
Specialty: Dermatologic Oncology, Melanoma, Skin Pigmentation Disorders

Sheetal Desai, MD - Rheumatology
Associate Professor
Specialty: Internal Medicine


Patty Summerville, CCRC

Dr. Jonathan Yao, Sub-Investigator


Ages: 12 - 80 years

Skin Conditions: psoriasis, acne, acne scars, eczema, atopic dermatitis, rosacea, skin cancer, actinic keratosis, hair and nail disorders, fungal disease, hemangioma, port-wine stain, cellulite, skin aging and photoaging.


Office of Research Administration - UC Irvine IRB
5171 California Ave, Ste 150
Irvine, CA 92697
(Local IRB)

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