Alopecia studies currently recruiting patients:

At Alopecia UK we often get researchers asking us to help recruit participants for a variety of projects. We will list any open calls below.


Coping strategies for alopecia (Cardiff Metropolitan University)

Location: Online

Closing date: 20/03/2020

Megan Taylor, a 3rd year psychology student at Cardiff Metropolitan University, is recruiting people affected by alopecia areata, totalis and universalis.

The aim of the study is to gain an understanding of how people cope with alopecia. This will help Megan to understand if there are any common patterns or contrasts in different people’s coping strategies. This could improve our understanding of people’s approach to dealing with alopecia, allowing healthcare professionals to come up with strategies to help in the future.

Participating in the study will involve completing an online survey (the patient information sheet can be found here). The process should take approximately 45 minutes.

If you are over the age of 18, have alopecia areata, totalis or universalis, and would like to take part in this study, the link to the survey is here. If you have any questions about taking part, please contact Megan’s supervisor, Dr Amie-Louise Prior. This project forms a part of Megan’s degree studies and has been approved by the Cardiff Metropolitan University Ethics committee.


Alopecia Biobank (Glasgow area):

Location: Glasgow area

Closing date: Ongoing

The Alopecia Biobank is collecting samples of blood, skin swabs, skin biopsies and stool from volunteers with AA, AT and AU, to investigate how immune cells cause hair loss. The team are also looking for samples from people with non-inflammatory alopecia (i.e. male and female pattern hair loss), for comparison purposes. The initial aim of the project is to discover which immune cells are different in people with AA, AU, AT compared to the other groups. The team will then investigate how these cells alter the immune response in the blood, skin and intestine of people with these conditions. They will also aim to look at the bacteria within the stool and skin swab samples to see how these may differ and contribute to hair loss in AA, AT, and AU.

The team aim to use these tests to find the factors of the immune system that are most important in causing alopecia areata, alopecia totalis, and alopecia universalis.

If you live in the Glasgow area and are interested in being a part of this study, please click here for more information of how to take part.

Interested scientists can apply for access to samples from the Biobank by contacting Professor Milling at the University of Glasgow. 

Updates from the Biobank:

Kym writes regular blog posts for us to keep us updated on the outcomes of her research project, which uses samples from the Biobank. These are available here:

Time for T-cells (November 2018)

Making sense of molecules (June 2019)


Ethical Tissue Bank at the University of Bradford

Location: Bradford

Closing date: Ongoing

The Ethical Tissue bank at the University of Bradford are collecting skin biopsies from people with alopecia areata. The tissue collected will be used for the Alopecia UK funded project Characterising the role of antigen presenting cells in alopecia areata, run by Dr Mardaryev at the University of Bradford. If you are interested in taking part in this study, please call Annette Essex on 01274 365456.

Scientists need these human tissues, cells and body fluids for research into how a disease starts as well as finding different ways of diagnosing and treating it. The purpose of Ethical Tissue is to help biomedical researchers to prevent, diagnose and treat a wide range of illnesses.

Tissue will also be available on request for other alopecia areata research projects.

For further information contact Ethical Tissue or visit the website www.ethicaltissue.org.


Other Trials:

If you are interested in taking part in a trial, then you could ask your doctor if they know of any that might be suitable for you. You can also have a look at the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Be a part of Research website, to search for current clinical trials for alopecia.