for people ages 18-80 (full criteria)
at La Jolla, California
study started
estimated completion
Principal Investigator
by Richard Gallo, M.D., Ph.D.Tissa Hata, M.D.
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Richard Gallo
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Tissa Hata



The purpose of this study is to examine the pharmacokinetics or survival of new product containing commensal infection fighting bacteria, on the skin of patients with Atopic Dermatitis (AD), after a single application.

Official Title

A Pilot Study to Evaluate the Survival of Transplanted Staphylococcus Hominis A9 on the Skin of Adults With Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis (ADRN-UCSD-001)


This study will enroll a minimum of 20 participants, 18-80 years of age, with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis (AD) on their ventral arms. A minimum of 13 participants will have a positive Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) colonized lesion on both upper extremities. A minimum of 7 participants will have a negative S. aureus colonized lesion on both upper extremities.

The participant's colonization status will be determined from cultures taken during a pre-treatment phase, approximately 7 days prior to receiving study treatment on Day 0. On Day 0, skin swabs will be collected from lesional and non-lesional sites (at least 21cm2) on the participant's right and left ventral arms and one non-lesional site on the participant's face. After the skin swab collections, the participant will have ShA9 applied to their right or left ventral arm and placebo applied to their contralateral ventral arm. The assignment of ShA9 and placebo to the dominant and non-dominant arms will be randomized. Additional swabs will be collected 15 minutes, and 1, 2, 4, and 6 hours after the ShA9 and placebo applications on Day 0.

Participants will be asked to return to the clinic 24 hours after receiving their single application and again on Days 3, 10, 17, and 24 for the assessment of adverse events (AEs) and the collection of skin swabs from the identified lesional and non-lesional sites, as needed. After the Day 3 visit, a participant will not be required to complete the Day 10, 17, and 24 visits if their lesional swabs are negative for Coagulase Negative Staphylococcal Species (CoNS).

All randomized participants will complete a final End of Study Phone visit on Day 31 to assess for adverse events and status of their AD.


Atopic Dermatitis, Dermatitis, Eczema, S. hominis A 9 Product


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18-80

  1. Participant must be able to understand and provide informed consent
  2. Meet Atopic Dermatitis Research Network (ADRN) Standard Diagnostic Criteria for active atopic dermatitis (AD)
  3. At least 21 cm2 of lesional and 21 cm2 of non-lesional skin on both the right and left ventral arms. The required area (lesional or non-lesional) may be one contiguous area or may encompass multiple areas with a total cumulative area of 21 cm2
  4. An Investigator Global Assessment (IGA) score, on the ventral arms of at least moderate severity
  5. Body surface area (BSA), as measured by Mostellar BSA Calculator, between 1.26 m2 and 2.25 m2
  6. If female of child bearing potential, must agree to remain abstinent (refrain from heterosexual intercourse) or use acceptable contraception (e.g. oral contraceptives, intrauterine device [IUD], barrier method with spermicide, or surgically sterilized partner, Depo- Provera, Norplant, NuvaRing, or hormonal implants) for the duration of study participation

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Inability or unwillingness of a participant to give written informed consent or comply with study protocol
  2. Pregnant or lactating females
  3. Active bacterial, viral, or fungal skin infections
  4. Any noticeable breaks or cracks in the skin on the target areas of investigational product application, including severely excoriated skin or skin with open or weeping wounds suggestive of an active infection or increased susceptibility to infection
  5. Sensitivity to or difficulty tolerating Dove fragrance-free bar soap, Cetaphil® Lotion, alcohol-based cleaners, glycerol, or soy products
  6. Participants with Netherton's syndrome or other genodermatoses that result in a defective epidermal barrier
  7. Any participant who is immunocompromised (e.g. history of lymphoma, Human Immunodeficiency Virus [HIV]/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome [AIDS], Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome), has an immune system disorder (e.g. autoimmune disease), or is using a systemic immunosuppressant (e.g. systemic corticosteroids, cyclosporine, methotrexate)
  8. Any participant with current malignant disease (with the exception of non-melanoma skin cancer in an area not affected by treatment)
  9. Participants with a history of psychiatric disease or history of alcohol or drug abuse that would interfere with the ability to comply with the study protocol

    10. Past or current medical problems or findings from physical examination or laboratory

    testing that are not listed above, which, in the opinion of the investigator, may pose additional risks from participation in the study, may interfere with the participant's ability to comply with study requirements or that may impact the quality or interpretation of the data obtained from the study.

    11. Ongoing participation in another investigational trial or use of investigational drugs

    within 8 weeks, or 5 half-lives (if known), whichever is longer, of the Screening Visit

    12. Treatment with non-steroid systemic immunosuppressant within 6 months of the Screening


    13. Treatment with Dupilumab within 16 weeks of the Screening Visit 14. Treatment with oral or injectable therapy for AD (excluding oral steroids) within 5

    half-lives (if known) or 16 weeks before the Screening Visit, whichever is longer

    15. Participants with close contacts (e.g. spouse, children, or members in the same

    household) that have severe barrier defects or are immunocompromised

    16. Use of topical (including steroids and calcineurin inhibitors) AD treatments on the

    ventral arms or face within 7 days of the Treatment Visit; Use of topical steroids on areas outside of where investigational product is to be applied or swabbing is to be performed may be permitted, per investigator discretion

    17. Treatment with prescription moisturizers classified as medical device (e.g.,

    Atopiclair(R), MimyX(R), Epiceram(R), etc.) on the ventral arms or face within 7 days of the Treatment Visit; Use on areas outside of where investigational product is to be applied or swabbing is to be performed is permitted

    18. Use of any oral or topical antibiotic within 7 days of the Treatment Visit 19. Participants who have taken a bleach bath within 7 days of the Treatment Visit 20. Use of any oral steroid therapies within 28 days of the Treatment Visit 21. Any phototherapy for skin disease (such as narrow band ultraviolet B [NBUVB],

    ultraviolet B [UVB], ultraviolet A1 [UVA1], psoralen + UVA [PUVA]) or regular use (more than 2 visits per week) of a tanning bed within 28 days of the Treatment Visit


  • University of California, San Diego: Dermatology Clinical Trials Unit accepting new patients
    La Jolla California 92093 United States

Lead Scientists at UCSD

  • Richard Gallo, M.D., Ph.D.
    Our laboratory discovered that antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are produced by mammalian skin and we continue in the discovery of mechanisms and functions of the human skin immune system and microbiome.
  • Tissa Hata, M.D.
    Clinical Professor, Dermatology, Vc-health Sciences-schools. Authored (or co-authored) 61 research publications


accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Atopic Dermatitis Research Network (ADRN) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation (DAIT)
Phase 1 Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) Research Study
Study Type
Expecting 20 study participants
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