Healthy participants needed for skin study

The Department of Dermatology is seeking healthy volunteers for a study investigating two over-the-counter nutritional supplements to find out whether their active ingredients (sulforaphane from broccoli and curcumin from the spice turmeric) can protect the skin from damage caused by aging and UV irradiation.

Participation involves:

  • two blood draws
  • 10 days of Crucera-SGSTM® and/or Meriva-SF® supplements
  • three weeks of cruciferous-free diet (no vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, etc., or condiments such as mustard, horseradish, or wasabi)
  • two sets of urine collections
  • up to six punch biopsies
  • two sets of 10 irradiated spots on your back the size of a nickel and measurements for three days each time
  • eight study visits—most very brief— to JHMI campus

Compensation for completing the study is $300.

If you are interested in participating, email