Active Clinical Trials

Our Division conducts more clinical trials than any pediatric dermatology program in the nation.


Study #1

Dermatologists at Rady Children’s Hospital are conducting a new study for children and adults with acne.  Click here for a flier.


  • 9 years and older
  • Moderate to severe facial acne

Participants receive:

  • No-cost study medication
  • Up to $240 compensation

Please contact our study nurse at 858-576-1700, ext. 4295 or


Study #2


Study #3

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is conducting a research study of an investigational medication for moderate to severe acne.

Qualifications include:

  • You are an adult or a child at least 9 years old with at least 20 red, irritated pimples combined with at least 20 whiteheads or blackheads and no more than two large, hard bumps on the face.

Qualified participants will receive all study medication and care at no cost. You may receive compensation for your time. Please call Ann Funk, R.N., at 858-576-1700, ext. 4295 or email



Study #1: Does your child suffer from chronic moderate to severe eczema or atopic dermatitis? Click here for study information.

Study #2: Do you have a teenager that suffers from eczema? Click here for study information.


Treatment studies:

Study #1: Does your child suffer with dry, red, itchy patches on his or her skin? Your child may have psoriasis.

The Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology program at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is conducting a trial to help treat this condition. This is an open-label study in which all participants receive an active oral study drug.

If your child is between 6 and 17 years of age and has moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, please call 858-576-1700, ext. 4295 or email

Qualified participants in this trial will receive compensation for time and travel.

Study #2: We are looking for adolescent volunteers to participate in a research study testing a new investigational topical drug.

If your child:

  • Is 12 to 16 years, 11 months of age
  • Has psoriasis on the scalp and body
  • Is interested in taking part in a research study

Please contact Pediatric & Adolescent Dermatology at 858-576-1700, ext. 4295.

Study #3: “Does your child suffer from flaky, red, thick patches on his or her skin?” Click here for study information.

Evaluation study:

Do you or your child suffer from dry, thick, red patches?

If you said YES to any of these, it may be psoriasis. The Dermatology office at the University of California, San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego are conducting research studies to help study this condition.

Those who qualify will receive:

  • Study-related medical evaluations.
  • Possible reimbursement for time and travel.

Participants must be at least 2 months of age.

For more information please call 858-576-1700, ext 4295.

Psoriasis healthy controls:

The Dermatology Office at the University of California, San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is conducting a research study on psoriasis. This study looks at the blood and skin sample(s) of people with psoriasis and healthy people (those without any known skin conditions). We are looking for healthy children and adolescents to match our psoriasis subjects. Participants in this study are asked to provide a small blood sample and a small skin biopsy sample.

You or your child should be:

  • 17-18 years, male, Asian.
  • 17-18 years, female, Asian.
  • 10-12 years, male, Caucasian.
  • 11-13 years, female, African-American.
  • 17-18 years, male, African-American.

Compensation is provided for time and participation. For more information, please call 858-576-1700, ext. 4295.