Project Description

Conflict of interest declaration

Dr. Brown-Maher, our medical director has conducted professional teachings for medical students.  Conducted ‘on call’ services for several hospitals and homes under the health authorities of Newfoundland and Labrador. Conducted professional teachings for pharmacy students.  Has received speaker’s honorarium from several drug companies. Has sat in on and was remunerated for several Ad Boards. Has previously received research grants from several pharmaceutical companies.  

Dr. Brown-Maher holds no equity position or commercial interest with any company related to pharmaceuticals or medical equipment. Every pharmaceutical company and health authority have been treated exactly the same as the next. Dr. Brown-Maher is not affected or influenced by any industry corporate or personal commercial interests. 

Dr. Brown-Maher supports any and all Dermatological ventures where she herself sees value in the offering.  She will not, nor has she ever been in a position where she has compromised any patient’s care for anyone!

 Skincare Research

Under the Skincare Studio name, Skincare Research was founded in 2015.

 Why do Research?

We elected to participate in Research activities simply because we wanted to be on the frontier of new medicines and new treatments for our Province.  Newfoundland and Labrador have the honor of being a much sought after Research base in the global world population.  This popularity is ours for several reasons:

  •  Almost 90% of the current inhabitants of Newfoundland and Labrador are descended from immigrants, mostly English and Irish, who settled here before the mid-19th century (Mannion, 1977, 5; Taubes, 2001; Industry Canada, 2002a, 103).
  • Many of the province’s present inhabitants belong to large, close knit families about whom good genealogical and medical records now exist, or can be readily assembled.
  •  A number of disorders occur or are suspected to occur among the current provincial population at unusually high frequencies, with cases often localized to particular regions. Examples include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and psoriasis (Atkinson, 2000; Taubes, 2001).
  • Residents of the province are generally willing to take part in scientific research. (Atkinson, 2000; Greenwood, 2000; Industry Canada, 2002a, 104)

Ultimately we are involved in research because we have a profound calling in Skincare.  We make every attempt to be all inclusive in what we consider Skincare:  Medical, Cosmetic, and Aesthetic.  Research affords us a front row seat to what is happening in all 3.

We feel duty bound to represent our Province ethically and with human interests outweighing corporate profits.  

Under the stewardship of Dr. Tracey Brown-Maher, the Skincare Research team is an active  research facility assisting and collaborating on several development tiers of Dermatological Research.

We 100% uphold The Health Research Ethics Authority (HREA) Act.  The Health Research Ethics Authority Act (The Act) came into force on July 1, 2011. The Act can be viewed here.  The regulation governing review of clinical trials and genetics research can be found here.

The HREA Act will require that all health research done in the province be reviewed and approved by a local (Newfoundland and Labrador) research ethics review board. The Health Research Ethics Authority (HREA) oversees ethics review of health research by the Health Research Ethics Board (HREB) or an approved health research ethics review body.

Health Research Ethics Authority
  • What is a clinical research trial.

    Regulatory agencies like Health Canada and the FDA require that Clinical Research Trials be conducted in order to develop new treatments, preventions and devices for diseases or conditions. Clinical Research Trials are also referred to as Clinical Studies, Clinical Trials, or Research Trials.

    There are strict regulations that the trial doctors and their staff must follow when conducting Clinical Research Trials.

    There are important things to know about participating in a Clinical Research Trial:

    • Your participation is voluntary and you may withdraw at any time.
    • All information about you will be kept confidential.
    • Before you participate in a study a Doctor or Member of the Clinical Research Team will explain all the details about the study to you, including any potential risks or benefits and answer all your questions.
    • You will have as much time as you need to decide if you want to participate.
    • If you decide to participate you will be asked to sign a consent form. You will get to keep a copy of this consent form which contains additional information about the Clinical Research Trial.
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