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Centre for Skin Sciences working with industry

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

View a recent case study below:

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

Working with companies of all sizes

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 practical applications and projects. 

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

Please contact our Business Manager Dr Gill Westgate with your enquiry

Tel: +44 1274 235381


The following reflect significant achievements and on-going capabilities:

  • Isolation and characterization of dermal cell populations by age and  atypical skin samples, such as following radiation therapy or diabetic skin
  • Low passage culture of skin cells in 2D where original function is maintained in vitro and can be used to study gene expression
  • Isolation and culture of human hair follicles and derived cells, outer root sheath and dermal papilla
  • Spheroid ‘hanging drop’ culture of human hair dermal cells
  • Derivation of dermal adipose cells and culture to investigate effects on wound healing
  • Isolation and culture of hair follicle and epidermal melanocytes 
  • Co-culture of epidermal keratinocytes and melanocytes for melanin transfer assay
  • Biophysical interactions with skin and hair cells/tissue studied at tissue, gene and protein levels
  • Secretome studies from cells in vitro (proteomics analysis) to study young vs aged cells
  • Bioinformatics analysis of genomic and transcriptomic data to discover epigenetic markers in skin ageing and diseases
  • Gene knock down studies in ex vivo tissue models
  • Ex vivo organ cultures of hair and skin, including the hair growth model
  • Wound healing studies in 2D and ex vivo skin – punch in a punch and excision models



a collection of images from CSS

The various aspects of skin and hair biology. Thanks to PhD Student Rachael Sedman