What Are Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials are research studies in which people volunteer to help find answers to
specific health questions. When carefully conducted, they are the safest and fastest way
to find new treatments and ways to improve health.

Why Are Clinical Trials Conducted?

  • to determine whether a new drug or device is safe and effective for people to
  • to study different ways to use standard treatments or current, approved
    treatments so that they will be more effective, easier to use, or decrease certain
    side effects.
  • to learn how to safely use a treatment in a population for which the treatment was
    not previously tested, such as children.

Are Clinical Trials Safe?

Regulations and policies have been developed to help protect the rights, safety, and
well-being of people who take part in clinical trials and to help ensure that these studies
are conducted according to strict scientific and ethical principles. Before a clinical
research study can begin, an institutional review board (IRB) or ethics committee (EC)
must review and approve the study.
Before joining a clinical trial you will be given an informed consent document that
describes your rights as a participant, as well as details about the study. Signing it
indicates that you understand that the trial is research and that you may withdraw from
the study at any time for any reason. The informed consent is part of the process that
makes sure you understand the known risks associated with the study. The study team
will inform you of the potential risks and benefits of study participation and answer any

What Are the Benefits of Enrolling in a Clinical Trial?

  • Access to the latest treatments before they are widely available
  • Treatment and study related procedure at no cost
  • The opportunity to help with the discovery of new treatment options

Where Can I Learn More?

Oakland Hills Dermatology has been actively enrolling participants in a variety of
dermatological registries, and industry-funded clinical trials. Our site has provided
groundbreaking treatment options to patients in the Auburn Hills region and surrounding
areas. We have also conducted cutting-edge translational research that have improved
our understanding of common skin conditions, while training future leaders in
translational dermatology.
The Oakland Hills Dermatology Clinical Research Department is led by Christofer
Buatti, DO, who oversees a team of highly skilled, motivated, and caring individuals,
who work closely with our research team to provide the best experience to our
participants. As a clinical research site with over 15 years of experience in the execution
of dermatological clinical trials, Oakland Hills Dermatology has conducted many
successful research studies for trusted brands including Abbvie, Eli Lilly, Pfizer Inc, and
more. Our research staff and board-certified dermatologists are highly trained and
experienced in conducting FDA approved clinical trials.
Below are current trials (only trials open to enrollment are listed). For more information
about ongoing clinical trials for which you or your patients may qualify, please contact
Oakland Hills Dermatology Clinical Research Department

Ongoing Clinical Trials

  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Vitiligo
  • Prurigo nodularis
  • Generalized Pustular Psoriasis
  • Lupus Erythematosus
  • Hidradenitis suppurativa