Philadelphia, PA – Research Study 2

The National Eczema Association would like to present you with a great opportunity to be involved in cutting edge research with a lead eczema researcher, Gil Yosipovitch, MD.

Considered the “Godfather of Itch,” Dr. Yosipovitch is an internationally renowned itch researcher and a member of NEA’s Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. Yosipovitch is currently Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Temple University School of Medicine and Director of the Temple Itch Center.

Study Name: fMRI Investigations of the Cerebral Representation of Itch Relief Induced by Butorphanol and Scratching on Experimentally Induced Itch

Sponsor: NIH (National Institute of Health)

Purpose of Study: The purpose of this research study is to investigate through brain imaging, the effects of scratching and butorphanol in the brain of chronic itch patients. In order to be eligible, patients must be have atopic eczema or psoriasis or must be on dialysis. Patients must be willing to undergo a MRI (magnetic resonance image).

Name/Title of the Principal Investigator: Gil Yosipovitch, MD Professor & Chair, Temple University, School of Medicine

Contact Information:
Temple University School of Medicine
Department of Dermatology/Temple Itch Center
515 Pennsylvania Ave
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Phone Number: 215.707.7617
Mobile: 267.838.1094
Attn: Rodrigo Valdes, MD and Leigh Nattkemper, BS

Study is currently recruiting patients through June 2014.


  • Be 18- 60 years old
  • Be able to tolerate and undergo study procedures (MRI)
  • Have psoriasis or atopic eczema or renal failure
  • Have intense itch for more than 2 months
  • Be able to speak English or Spanish
  • NOT be pregnant or nursing
  • NOT be involved in another research study