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Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit (PSBRU) help launch the new Broadway Centre in Bradford City with officials from the Broadway Centre (far left and right), Filipe Morais - Bradford City Player, Ajay Mahajan (PSBRU Director) David Sharpe (former Director) cutting the ribbon and Phil Parkinson (Bradford City Manager).

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The Centre for Skin Sciences is delighted to host the 2nd International Epigenetics symposium in March 2016. Registration details are available here.

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Bradford City Lord Mayor, Councillor Joanne Dodds visits the Burns Research Unit with Director Ajay Mahajan to hear about the research activities of the Unit and its staff

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EU project CLaSSiC team launches its own website with lots of news and project information

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Dr Mike Fessing (right) on the first working visit with Mr Qin Xu (Left) and Prof Guoliang Xu (Centre) in the Guoliang lab at Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology following award of major collaboration grant from MRC and NSFC.

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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 30 years contributing to a greater understanding of what is required for healthy skin and hair. We work with our industry partners to help turn this understanding into exciting opportunities for new technology and products.

Our Research is aimed at understanding the cellular and molecular processes underlying skin and hair biology in both health and disease. A key ambition is to translate this research towards new discovery and development of technologies for therapeutic and personal care applications. Excellence is recognised through substantial investment from both Industry and research councils leading to high impact research outputs. We have a specialist interest in skin epigenetics with several international collaborations and boast a long heritage in generating new insights into melanogenesis and hair growth.

Close partnerships with the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit, a charity raising funding for burns research, and Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, shapes our research in wound healing and inflammatory skin diseases

We are proud to host our second International Symposium "Epigenetic Regulation of Skin Regeneration, Ageing and Disease", which we will organize in Bradford on March 17th-19th, 2016.

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 and where its scientists have access to the University's Centre for Chemical and Structural Analysis and Ethical Tissue Bank.


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General Enquiries
Tel: +44(0)1274 235905
Fax +44(0)1274 232225

Prof Des Tobin

Deputy Director
Prof Vladimir Botchkarev

Associate Director (Clinical)
Prof Andrew Wright

Buisness Development
Dr Gill Westgate