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  •   Letter from SkIN Canada's Managing Director
  • Featured profiles
  •   Community Contributor
  •   Early Career Investigator
  • Research infrastructure & resources
  •   Priority Setting Initiative
  •   Catalyzing Multicentre Skin Research
  • Skin research training
  •   Training and Education Initiatives
  • Supported projects
  •   Demonstration Projects
  •   Canadian Network of Skin Trials - Pilot Projects

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First Edition | February 2022

Research infrastructure & Resources

Priority Setting Initiative

There is increasing recognition that patients should have a substantive voice in shaping the research agenda alongside investigators, funders, and sponsors. The SkIN Canada Priority Setting Initiative (PSI) is a multi-phase exercise intended to identify patient-relevant knowledge gaps and prioritize research questions for skin conditions.

As part of this national initiative, patients, caregivers, clinicians, and researchers are all given a chance to provide input.

Through a systematic series of surveys and workshops, the PSI is identifying the the Top Ten research priorities for nine important skin

  • atopic dermatitis
  • psoriasis
  • hidradenitis suppurativa
  • squamous cell carcinoma
  • basal cell carcinoma
  • Merkel cell carcinoma
  • chronic wounds
  • scars
  • burns

These Top Ten lists will guide funders, research organizations, and policymakers about the needs of Canadians living with skin conditions.

The PSI is now completing its final workshops. We are grateful for the 465 patients, clinicians, and researchers across Canada who have generously participated and shared their voice to help shape the skin research agenda.

For more details, you can read the project protocol here.

Featured profiles

Community Contributor

Rachael Manion is the Executive Director of the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance and the Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients. She is also Chair of the Patient Advisory Council of the Skin Investigation Network of Canada (SkIN Canada) and a member of the Executive Committee. Drawing on her background as a lawyer and consultant, Rachael brings a strategic and creative approach to advocating for better patient care ………..


Early Career Investigator

Dr. Elena Netchiporouk obtained her medical degree from the Université de Montréal in 2012 and her Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certified training in dermatology from McGill University in 2017. During her dermatology residency, she also completed a 3-year Master’s program in Experimental Medicine at McGill University. As a clinician scientist, she focuses her research on understanding the interaction between environment and ….


Research infrastructure & resources

Priority Setting Initiative

SkIN Canada has been conducting a multi-phase project to identify the most important skin research questions for people living in Canada.


Catalyzing Multicentre Skin Research

SkIN Canada is developing a consortium of research sites that will collectively drive the formation of new multicentre research projects. Research sites in the federation will have access to a suite of resources that will make it significantly easier to implement skin research.


Skin research training

Training and Education Initiatives

Inspiring the future of skin research with talent development & education. The COVID-19 pandemic has reinvented the way we exchange knowledge, offering unique and equitable opportunities to connect virtually and educate skin researchers and patients across Canada. LEARN MORE

Supported projects
Demonstration Projects

SkIN Canada has partnered with two research projects to guide the creation of the network’s free Database Support Services.



Canadian Network of Skin Trials (C-NeST) – Pilot Projects

To help establish a framework for coordinating multi-centre skin studies involving community and academic research sites, the clinical trials arm of SkIN Canada initiated two pilot non-interventional research projects.


News from other organizations
CAPP – CIHR-IMHA Studentships in Psoriatic Disease

The CAPP – CIHR-IMHA Studentships in Psoriatic Disease provide undergraduate and health professional students with opportunities to undertake research projects related to psoriatic diseases with established investigators in an environment that provides strong mentorship.  We encourage applications from across Canada by April 11, 2022. The Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients (CAPP) was formed in 2012 to serve people impacted by psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. CAPP’s mission is to be a resource to these people by improving their quality of life, raising awareness, providing education, advocating for better access to care and treatments, and supporting research.

New CIHR-IMHA Funding Opportunities, including partnership with Canadian Dermatology Foundation

The Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA) funds health research in order to develop and support a well-trained base of investigators with the skills and expertise needed to design and conduct innovative and diverse research and knowledge translation activities aimed at improving health.

Healthcare providers decision needs and preferences on medication use during lactation
If you are a healthcare provider, we would like to hear your perspectives on medication use during infant feeding.
Patient research partners have recently written about tokenism in research partnerships with patients

– and most importantly, what can be done to address it. Learn more about how to meaningfully include patients and patient organizations as research partners.

Applications are now being accepted for PeDRA’s 2022 Research Fellowship program

The program will provide $20,000 of support to as many as eight trainees or students to conduct one year of mentored research in the field of pediatric dermatology. Applications are due March 31, 2022 for fellowships beginning on July 1, 2022. For additional information, including eligibility criteria and instructions on how to apply, please see the Research Fellowship RFA.

SkIN Canada Executive Committee