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Clinical Trials & Research Studies

Clinical research uses human volunteers to add to medical knowledge. Clinical research includes trials that test new treatments and therapies, genetic studies to explore ways in which a person’s genes may contribute to developing a disorder and epidemiological studies to understand the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease.

The clinical trials information provided on this page is provided with support from Pfizer. 

Clinical Trials

Human clinical trials are a critical phase to bringing safe and effective treatments to market. Many tests are conducted before the clinical trial stage to determine whether potential treatments are appropriate for testing in people. It is through clinical trials that safe and effective drugs, therapies and potentially, a cure for alopecia areata will be discovered.

By participating in a clinical trial, you play an important role in the effort to develop effective treatments for alopecia areata. The decision to participate is very personal and should be made only after speaking with your health care provider and other individuals you trust. You can stop participation in a clinical trial at any time if new concerns arise or you lose confidence that its potential benefits outweigh its risks.

Clinical Trial Resources is a resource from the U.S. National Library of Medicine that offers up-to-date information for locating federally and privately supported clinical trials for a wide range of diseases and conditions. Visit to review clinical trials that are recruiting particpants for studies on alopecia areata and other diseases.

Watch a webinar to learn more about clinical trials and how to search on

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Download our worksheet, Clinical Trials and You, with questions to ask your doctor.


NAAF Postings for Clinical Trials and Research Studies

The National Alopecia Areata Foundation is committed to delivering accurate and reliable information to everyone affected by alopecia areata, and subsequently reviews many requests for postings about participation in research studies. The following is a current list of clinical trials and research studies working with NAAF  to recruit people with alopecia areata for particpation.

Disclaimer: NAAF provides research notices as an informational service to its community. NAAF is not conducting the study. This information does not represent a NAAF endorsement, but rather makes you aware that clinical studies are available for your participation if you choose. If you are presently under the care of a physician for alopecia areata, or other conditions, you should discuss clinical trial particpation  with your doctor before altering your treatment program. NAAF is not responsible for any adverse outcomes.

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An Open-Label Study to Evaluate DPCP Ointment for the Treatment of Alopecia Areata

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Study type: Clinical Trials Posting date: Last updated: 02/21/2023 Status: Recruiting Country: United States Eligibility:

Age 18+; diagnosed with extensive alopecia areata

Drug: Diphenylcyclopropenone (DPCP) Ointment Administration: Topical Sponsor: University of Minnesota Click here