SkIN Canada Skin Investigation Network of Canada


Funded by

Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis


Research Map

Directory of Canadian skin researchers

Subscribe to Newsletter

First Edition | February 2022

SkIN Canada Supported projects

C-NeST Pilot Projects

Purpose of the C-NeST Pilot Projects:

The Canadian Network of Skin Trials (C-NeST) is a body within SkIN Canada tasked with facilitating multicentre clinical studies. The C-NeST Management Committee has identified several avenues to bolster clinical and translational research including:

  • Facilitating partnerships between community and academic researchers and patients
  • Creating a legal framework that streamlines the contracts review process between research sites.
  • Developing a shared library of data collection forms that researchers can use for future

To guide the development of this infrastructure and test the feasibility of these resources, the C-NeST Management Committee is conducting two pilot projects in collaboration with patient research partners and investigators across Canada.

Effect of allergy testing on atopic dermatitis in adults – EAT-AD

Principal investigators:

Dr. Irina Turchin
Dr. Aaron Drucker

There is a significant amount of uncertainty around the relationship between atopic dermatitis (eczema) and allergies, particularly whether identifying and managing allergies can alleviate the symptoms of the condition. Some experts recommend that patch testing for allergic contact dermatitis be considered for all patients who do not experience benefits from topical therapies.

A clinical trial in the UK is investigating if young children with atopic dermatitis who receive food allergy testing have better outcomes than children that were never tested. While it is sure to be an impactful study, the result will not be applicable to adults and will not provide information on the benefit of testing for environmental or contact allergies.

The C-NeST Management Committee sees opportunity for Canadian researchers to study the effect of food, environmental and contact allergy testing on atopic dermatitis severity in adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis. As one of its pilot projects, the committee is conducting a survey to evaluate current practices regarding allergy testing for adults with atopic dermatitis and patient interest in participating in studies of allergy testing. They will do so by surveying dermatologists and adults with atopic dermatitis in Canada.

If you are a clinician or patient interested in taking the survey, please email

Follow-up of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma  – FOCS

Principal investigators:

Dr. Nicole Hawkins
Dr. An-Wen Chan

People who have had squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) are at a high risk of developing further skin cancer. National guidelines recommend that  these patients undergo follow-up skin exams to monitor for recurrence and metastasis. However, there is no consensus on how often patients with SCC should receive follow-up exams, and little is known about the current practices among dermatologists.

The FOCS pilot project is a multicentre, retrospective cohort study of patients diagnosed with SCC by community and academic dermatologists across Canada. A brief chart review will provide data on tumour characteristics and follow-up frequency of patients at each site. The C-NeST Management Committee believes a better understanding of current practice patterns in Canada would help inform the development of optimal follow-up guidelines based on evidence from future clinical trials.

If you are a dermatologist interested in joining this chart review, please email

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