University of Bradford Centre for Skin Sciences

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University of Bradford Centre for Skin Sciences

Centre for Skin Sciences

The Centre for Skin Sciences (CSS) is one of the largest academic centres in Britain for fundamental and translational skin and hair follicle research.

Based at the University of Bradford, Yorkshire, UK, the Centre’s internationally renowned scientists have been integrating basic science with applied research for over 30 years, contributing to a greater understanding of what is required for healthy skin and hair. Our research explores the cellular and molecular processes underlying skin and hair biology in both health and disease including world leading research focussed on the role of epigenetic processes in skin and hair biology.  We work with industry partners to help turn this fundamental understanding into exciting opportunities for developing new technology and products. Our ethos is to work with human tissues and cells to maximise translation of our work to consumers and patients and we work together with our award winning* BioBank Ethical Tissue to do this.

Excellence is recognised through substantial investment from both industry and research councils, leading to high impact research outputs. We boast a long heritage in generating new insights into melanogenesis with recent national headlines reporting the discovery of the first gene for hair greying; we also found out about genes that associate with straight vs curly hair and our links with industry translate into commercial opportunities for our partners.

Close partnerships with the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit, a charity raising funding for burns research, and Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, shape our research in wound healing and inflammatory skin diseases. The CSS occupies laboratories within the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Bradford, which provides state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment.

* Ethical Tissue was the winner of BioBank of the year 2016