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Working with industry

We work with many industry partners in both Pharma and Cosmetic sectors on many different types of projects delivered as consultancy, contract research and collaborative research. 

Collaborators include companies in the UK, Europe and USA. We have a significant portfolio of published work with companies and industry research comprises over 50% of our research income.

Industry partnerships

We've already developed over 100 projects for organisations large and small. Our approach is to help plan what your company needs and we do not operate an 'off the shelf' approach.

Within the CSS, we have a depth and breadth of fundamental skin science expertise covering a wide range of translational applications to both Pharma and cosmetic industries.

Our academic staff work on cutting edge internationally recognised research and we have a team of research support staff who work with industry partners on contract research and collaborative projects.

We work with human cells and tissues and support projects that support the 3R's


Collaborations with industry partners:


Williams R, Westgate GE, Pawlus AD, Sikkink SK, Thornton MJ. Age-Related Changes in Female Scalp Dermal Sheath and Dermal Fibroblasts: How the Hair Follicle Environment Impacts Hair Aging. J Invest Dermatol. 2021 Apr;141(4S):1041-1051. doi: 10.1016/j.jid.2020.11.009. Epub 2020 Dec 14. PMID: 33326808.


Buscone S, Mardaryev AN, Westgate GE, Uzunbajakava NE, Botchkareva NV. Cryptochrome 1 is modulated by blue light in human keratinocytes and exerts positive impact on human hair growth. Exp Dermatol. 2021 Feb;30(2):271-277. doi: 10.1111/exd.14231. Epub 2020 Nov 22. PMID: 33141439.


Dell’Acqua, G.; Richards, A.; Thornton, M.J. The Potential Role of Nutraceuticals as an Adjuvant in Breast Cancer Patients to Prevent Hair Loss Induced by Endocrine Therapy. Nutrients 2020, 12, 3537.


Sikkink, S.K., Mine, S., Freis, O. et al. Stress-sensing in the human greying hair follicle: Ataxia Telangiectasia Mutated (ATM) depletion in hair bulb melanocytes in canities-prone scalp. Sci Rep 10, 18711 (2020).




a collection of images from CSS

The various aspects of skin and hair biology. Thanks to Rachael Williams

New digital assessment for reviewing skin care needs

The University of Bradford’s Centre for Skin Sciences worked with Beauty Consocaire Ltd and Skin Thinking Ltd to understand whether a new digital skincare diagnostic tool, developed by Beauty Consocaire, works as well as a professional skin care grader in identifying skincare needs.

The digital tool was web-based and modelled likely skincare needs for a diverse range of skin types and was particularly directed to include all ethnicities.

To do this validation, the Centre for Skin Sciences teamed up with, the Digital Health Enterprise Zone, to use their clinical rooms where the participants, after a gentle facial cleansing, were examined by a professional skin care grader whose score was then compared with the scores from the diagnostic tool completed by the participant. 

Dr Liz Breen, Director of the Digital Health Enterprise Zone said  “This study clearly demonstrates the increased adoption of technology in skin science healthcare research and treatments and is an excellent example of the research that we engage in within DHEZ”.

The Centre for Skin Sciences designed the study to compare an expert’s assessment and the tools assessment against a range of skin concerns. Volunteers completed an online questionnaire at home, the digital skincare diagnostic tool, then attended DHEZ to see a professional skin care grader.

The study informed important updates to the algorithms of the digital tool, highlighted the potential reasons for differences in results, but very importantly showed that the online tool provides the basis for good advice on users’ skincare concerns.  

The results of the study were published in the Cosmetics and Toiletries magazine.

Beauty Consocaire launched the App and a new product range in 2020 

Three female University staff members in a clinic study room

The study team, Dr Gill Westgate, Dr Katerina Steventon and Dr Parisa Naeem, meet to discuss the study in a clinic room in the DHEZ