EADV News 69 -Winter2018

WINTER 2015–2016 WINTER 2018-19


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European web platform Scoring classifier for early melanoma detection >


Submit your proposal Research grants >

The leading European professional organisation for Dermatology and Venereology

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Hair disorders Creating a European research network   >

Call for Applications Research fellowships >

EADV social media links

Why is socialmedia important for dermatologists and patients?

being self-centred. Young scientists regard social media and blogging platforms as a key part of their day job. 2 Some say it’s no longer an option not to engage with the lay public since online scientific communication is an important part of pushing back against misinformation and theories that aren’t scientifically validated. 2 In addition, Instagram should be considered a valuable channel through which to educate the public on skin diseases. 3 Educate patients and the public Hashtags are like keywords which can be used to organise messages on a social network. These facilitate the searching and grouping of messages according to their given hashtags. Your profession’s hashtag is #dermatology or #dermatologia , #dermatología if you post in Spanish. On Twitter, the hashtag #dermatology footprint remains weak with +/- 350 to 400 million impressions per year. Compare this to #plasticsurgery , which reached 5 billion impressions in 2017. 4 Why such a difference?

Social media encompass multiple sites for online communication that reach a large proportion of the global population. 1 They offer great opportunities to share your passions and opinions using your own tone of voice to your community and the world. It is important to bear in mind that on social media people generally are not interested in what you do (your short profile will tell them) but are interested in what you have to share and your point of view. The single golden rule is to avoid

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Support patient associations It is also important to recognise that patient associations are doing an excellent job at sharing news and information with your patients. I can’t mention all national or international patient associations, but they are easy to find. Please support their work by following them. Here are few Twitter accounts you might find interesting: Journals: @JAMADerm @BrJDermatol @JAADjournals @JIDJournal Dermatologists – English-speaking: @AdeAdamson @MishaRosenbach @NicoKluger @DrAnjaliMahto @MaraMihai2 @DrDorisDay @AllisonLarsonMD @RoxanaDaneshjou @PoschChristian @DermatologyJC @SFSHPeau Dermatologists – Spanish- speaking: @SergioVanoG @rosataberner @LBagazgoitia @DrRamonGrimalt @Desaze @aedv_es Plastic surgeons: @OlivierBranford @danielzliu @drheatherfurnas @DrAmberLeis Patients’ association: @silviafbarrio @IADPO (International Alliance of Dermatology Patient Organizations) Beyond dermatology: @timspector @Vilavaite @voxdotcom

A couple years ago, rather than simply complaining about the presence of false information concerning their specialty on social media, board-certified plastic surgeons decided to take the lead and grab the opportunity to promote evidence- based practice bymeans of #plasticsurgery in the interests of supporting patients and the profession. 5 They have a stunning vision: use the hashtag #plasticsurgery as a tool to educate patients and the public. 5 I strongly urge dermatologists to engage more on Twitter or other social media platforms for similar reasons. If you are ready to engage on Twitter here are some simple ideas that I support: • Use the hashtag #dermatology (#dermatologia or #dermatología if you post in Spanish) as a means to engage and share evidenced-based dermatology information with peers, patients and consumers. 6 • Starting small is not a problem and do not worry if you don’t have a lot of followers; as a doctor your voice is respected. 2 • Make your timeline the reflection of your passion as a doctor and do not mix it with commercial posts (even when legislation enables you to do so). If you want to promote your practice, it would be better to use another platform to avoid obvious conflicts of interest. • Engage with your audience by posting Already, the Spanish dermatologist community is doing a great job on Twitter; please refer to the hashtag #dermatologia or #dermatología to see how interactive and dynamic the conversation is. This is a good benchmark for what the discussion could be with the hashtag #dermatology. Another good example is the dermatopathologist community on Twitter that I have a lot of fun following via their hashtag #dermpath , which contains particularly interesting and engaging conversations. non-promotional messages 7 and retweeting and/or liking posts.

Dominique du Crest

On social media, people are generally more interested in what you can share and your point of view than in what you do. ”

On Instagram: Dr Anjali Mahto, Dr Doris Day, Dr Sergio Vano, Dra Lorea Bagazgoita

References: 1 – Social media in dermatology: clinical relevance, academic value, and trends across platforms. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30265614 2 – Why we need scientists on social media, now more than ever https://www.fastcompany.com/3067752/why-we- need-scientists-on-social-media-now-more-than-ever 3 – Global skin diseases on Instagram hashtags https://www. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28537860

Dominique du Crest @ducrest E: ducrest@skinaid.eu

4 – https://twitter.com/OlivierBranford/ status/914906639802753025

5 – #Plasticsurgery https://journals.lww.com/plasreconsurg/ Abstract/2016/12000/_PlasticSurgery.37.aspx

6 – https://twitter.com/ducrest/status/915209509236301825

7 – https://twitter.com/ducrest/status/955483564992286720


Editorial WINTER 2015–2016 WINTER 2018-19


Dermatology and venereology is a uniquemedical specialty

A A general practitioner may undertake the duties of a cardiologist or a pulmonologist, a gastroenterologist or an infectologist, an immunologist or a neurologist. A general surgeon may perform a surgical excision on behalf of a thoracic surgeon or an abdominal surgeon, a vascular surgeon or a plastic surgeon, a urologist or a gynaecologist. A dermatologist and venereologist is not to be found on this list. Prof Christos Zouboulis

numerous possibilities to sharpen our professional senses, with the 28 th annual EADV Congress in Madrid, the 24 th World Congress of Dermatology in Milan and several thematic conferences (see the Calendar of Events on page 24) providing us with great opportunities for that. Keep your professional eyes sharp, let us meet at any of these occasions Europe- wide. l

in 2013, 27% of the US population was treated for a skin condition (Lim HW et al. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017;76:1151-60.e21). According to Wikipedia, dermatology and venereology are active in several medical fields. Dermatologists have been leaders in the field of cosmetic surgery. A dermatolopathologist specialises in the pathologyoftheskin.Immunodermatology specialises in the treatment of immune- mediated skin diseases. Dermatosurgery, allergology, paediatric dermatology, teledermatology, dermatoepidemiology, andrology, proctology, phlebology and chemotherapy are also fields, in which dermatologists can subspecialise. Among the 24 most common skin diseases in the USA, acne affects up to 50 million people annually (Bhate K, Williams HC. Br J Dermatol 2013;168:474- 85). One in 10 people will develop atopic dermatitis during their lifetime (Abuabara K et al. Ann Intern Med 2018. [Epub ahead of print]. Hair loss affects an estimated 80 million people (Genetics Home Reference. National Institutes of Health U.S. Library of Medicine. https:// ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/androgenetic- alopecia#statistics. Accessed 27.01.2019). Approximately 7.5 million people have psoriasis (Menter A et al. J Am Acad Dermatol 2008;58:826-50). Rosacea affects 16 million people (Steinhoff M et al. J Am Acad Dermatol 2013;69:S15–26). Finally, skin cancer is the most common cancer (Guy GP et al. Am J Prev Med 2015;48:183–7). The data seem to hold likewise worldwide. In order to keep our professional eyes open, we need continuous exercise. And this year is a dermatology year with

Christos C Zouboulis MD PhD Editor

Searching in Wikipedia for the term “Dermatology”, one reads that it “is the branch of medicine dealing with the skin, nails, hair and its diseases. It is a specialty with both medical and surgical aspects. A dermatologist is a doctor that treats diseases, in the widest sense, and some cosmetic problems of the skin, scalp, hair, and nails.” Well, this means that a dermatologist and venereologist is a skin generalist and cannot be substituted by a physician of any other specialty. And the skin is one of the largest organs of the body. We dermatologists and venereologists can read pictures. An English language- idiom declares that "A picture is worth a thousand words". It refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single picture, this picture conveys its meaning or essence more effectively than a description does. On the other hand, the Bible teaches that people “have eyes to see but do not see…” (Ezekiel 12:2) and J W von Goethe said that, “Das Auge war vor allen anderen das Organ, womit ich die Welt faßte“ ("the eye was mainly the organ with which I recognised the world"). These special dermatological eyes deal with 1.6 skin disorders per individual worldwide;

In this issue

President’s perspective _ __________ 4 Young blood: Junior members contribute _______________________ 6 European melanoma web platform _ ___________________ 8 Submit your grant proposals _ _____ 9 How EADV helped my career _ ___ 10 JEADV launches its app __________ 11 28 th EADV Congress, Madrid _ ____ 12 European research in hair disorders ___________________ 14 EADV School: Surgical skills course report ___________________ 16 Apply for research fellowships _____________________ 17 Building an online presence ______ 18 Who's who in EADV ____________ 20 Secretary General's Update _ _____ 22 Obituary: Dr Stephen Katz _ ______ 23 Calendar of events _____________ 24


President’s Perspective

Share, learn, become …

S Share, learn, become: these sound like inspiring life objectives that we, as leaders of care in dermatology and sexually- transmitted diseases, can implement and champion within EADV in 2019. Share: One hundred years ago, a significant part of Europe was destroyed by the four devastating years of World War One (WW1) with an estimated 15 million people who died as a direct result of the war and many more wounded or disabled. Although Utopians called WW1 the “war to end all wars”, the next generation of Europeans would experience massive destruction again little more than 20 years after WW1. The harsh Versailles treaty signed in June 1919 in the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles paved the way for future conflicts and promoted nationalism and resentment within European nations. Where are we now in Europe and how can we maintain unity?

The current economic crisis puts our European institutions at risk. Nationalism and populism are resurfacing with a temptation to restore national boundaries in some countries. We need more than ever to nurture the values of openness and tolerance, to promote diversity and the exchange of ideas. We share so much in common across countries as dermatologists, venereologists, scientists, other healthcare providers and patients, unified by this interest in advancing care and knowledge in skin and sexually- transmitted disease. We definitely learn and thrive from addressing our differences with curiosity and a positive spirit. Building bridges is so much more inspiring than building walls! The EADV community is now very strong with more than 7000 members who share ideas through congresses, symposia, courses and publications. The 2019 EADV

Prof Carle Paul

The emotional and social intelligence competency framework 1


congress in vibrant Madrid, the city of life, from 9-13 October, should bring us together with joy and hope as the largest dermatologist community in Europe. Learn: Cultivating curiosity and constant learning is a key attribute of highly effective individuals who are able to adapt to the rapidly changing world we live in. EADV is committed to providing a wide range of initiatives outside congress and symposia for learning new skills with the 20+ courses organised by the EADV School, the masterclass for residents, the opportunity to join one of the 30+ EADV task forces and to contribute effectively to the advancement of care. In March 2019, an e-learning platform will be launched to broaden the learning options. These opportunities undoubtedly benefit patients. I am personally convinced that learning from colleagues at congresses helps me to sharpen my skills and to offer a broader range of therapeutic possibilities to my patients. Become: It is our responsibility as leaders in medicine to develop young colleagues to help them to reach their full potential. Our times require leaders who are not only intelligent but wise and open to others’ well-being and to the sustainability of the world. We need leaders who are committed to the greater good, not just to an organisation or to themselves. Emotional intelligence is a key leadership skill that much better predicts success in life than IQ or technical skills.

According to Daniel Goleman’s model, these competencies can be divided into four major components (Figure 1 ). Two are related to the “self”: self-awareness and self-management, indicating the ability of an individual to understand and manage his emotions. Two are related to “others”: social awareness, the ability to understand others and relationship management, the ability to connect with people from different backgrounds, and with different opinions and expertise. Emotional intelligence competencies are learned capabilities that can be developed with appropriate training. They ensure the adaptability of modern leaders who have to work in multidisciplinary and diverse complex teams. The more attention we focus on helping younger generations of colleagues to become emotionally intelligent leaders, the better our future will look both within EADV and beyond. I wish you and your loved ones all the best for 2019! l Carle Paul MD PhD EADV President (2018-2020) Reference Emotional intelligence. Daniel Goleman. https:// www.keystepmedia.com/authors/daniel- goleman/

Building bridges is so much more inspiring than

building walls!


Junior Committee Members

Youngblood as an

invigorating force in the Academy

W We asked three young dermatologists what they are most excited about in their (new) roles on EADV committees and what they think young dermatologists and venereologists can contribute to the growth of the Academy. We also asked what they hoped to get out of attending the 2019 EADV Congress in Madrid.

Thrasyvoulos Tzellos (Norway) I was a junior co-opted member of the Website Committee for two years and am now a member of the Project Proposal Review Committee. Both experiences have been very rewarding for me as a young dermatologist and scientist. In committee: During my membership of the Website Committee I had the chance to participate in the development of the new EADV website and provide my insights, but also co-operate with more experienced colleagues under their guidance. This experience really facilitated my progression not only as a dermatologist but also as a developer of projects. The most exciting part of my role as a member of the Project Proposal Review Committee is that I have the opportunity to read, evaluate and follow up on the progression of many important and breakthrough research projects. I have the honour

28 th EADV Congress in Madrid: The EADV Annual Congress is the best arena to meet experts, follow new developments, both in scientific and market aspects, and to facilitate our career and progression. With more than 750 speakers, the EADV Congress covers all important fields for hospital-based clinicians, researchers and also colleagues in private practice. With more than 170 exhibitors we get the best opportunity to hear and learn about new products covering all aspects, from immunology to cosmetology, and follow the pipeline. With participants from more than 100 countries, the EADV annual congress represents the best channel to expand our network. Lastly, becauseMadrid is a reallywonderful city to visit, especially at the beginning of October!

and responsibility of evaluating them but the experience is also very beneficial for me, since the process is a great tool to enable me to be updated on new research developments. For the Academy: Young members are the future and the biggest investment any society, scientific or not, can make. Young colleagues can contribute highly to EADV’s development. They bring new and fresh ideas, have the stamina and dedication to work efficiently under proper guidance and become the best bridge between national societies and the Academy. The only thing they lack sometimes is the opportunity to do so. Wisely, EADV has opened its door to them and includes them in decision-making processes, committees, task forces etc. EADV wisely promotes awards annually for young candidates from all relevant countries in the most inclusive manner. Inclusion of young “junior” colleagues has to continue to grow further, both in decision-making processes and scientific projects.


Thrasyvoulos Tzellos

Philipp Tschandl

Aikaterini Liakou

Philipp Tschandl (Austria) In committee: What I like a lot about working in the EADV School committee is being able to shape the education of dermatologists in Europe. I am also learning about how to efficiently and successfully organise teaching on different topics. And there is, of course, also contact with highly-valued teachers in our specialty. For the Academy: I think we can contribute on multiple fronts: helping the organisation as, for example, members of committees; teaching, by (co-)organising EADV School courses; and through research. In my view, research always needs fresh input from young colleagues who want to explore new techniques and fields. 28 th EADV Congress in Madrid: What I’m most looking forward to is the session on skin imaging. Of course, the highly practical and interesting dermoscopy sessions are always worth a visit, but there is also something new: current research produces a lot of new knowledge in computer vision and artificial intelligence- based diagnostics. Rather than being afraid of these new techniques, we need to embrace them, get involved in the field and guide machine-learning research in the right direction. The 2019 Congress in Madrid offers “Artificial intelligence and big data” and “Skin imaging: Computer vision (machine and deep learning)” as sessions that should give everyone up-to- date knowledge of what is (not) possible right now. And, of course, tapas!

Aikaterini Liakou (Greece) In committee: I find it very exciting being a member of EADV’s Honours and Awards Committee because I feel that its work is very important. The Committee awards young dermatologists from all around Europe for their hard and systematic work, and it motivates them to continue chasing their goals in dermatology. It helps them financially to attend European events and makes them feel part of the big European dermatological family. At the same time, I feel personally very excited participating in the work of the Committee, helping with the selection of the nominees, which is, however, a very objective process with standardised criteria. I also enjoy co-working with the other members of the Committee, who are experienced colleagues whom I respect and admire. It is a position of responsibility, which reminds me how I began as a "very young" dermatologist (since I personally have also received an award), and now keep going as a "young" dermatologist and - who knows - I may one day be considered as an "experienced" one. For the Academy: Young colleagues are the future of EADV and dermatology, and they should feel they are part of the Academy. They should contribute to its work with their fresh proposals and ideas. They are the ones who have the energy and willingness to work hard on dermatology, and they could contribute in both clinical and scientific fields. I feel that the combination of the experience and knowledge of the "older" ones and

the fresh ideas and innovation of the "younger" ones is the ideal recipe for the future of dermatology. 28 th EADV Congress in Madrid: We should all visit the Congress in Madrid to be up to date innewdermatological discoveries.We should also take advantage of the expertise of the experienced dermatologists and add fresh ideas and suggestions to old practices. We should keep up attendance at the European congresses, so that we can continue to exchange ideas and different practices. Meeting other people from other countries and learning how they practise dermatology opens the mind and makes us see new horizons in our own fields. l

All EADV members

If you wish to get more involved in the work of the Academy and share updates about your work and projects in EADV News , please contact Ruel Jacob at ruel.jacob@eadv.org


PPRC Grant Report

Europeanmelanomaweb platform

Developing a scoring classifier for early melanoma detection

E Early detection of melanoma, without increasing the number of benign lesions to be excised, is one of the main goals in screening patients for skin cancer. However, differential diagnosis of early melanoma includes a number of atypical (but benign) nevi. With this project, we planned to address a specific clinical problem, namely the improvement of dermatologists’ diagnostic accuracy in discriminating between early melanoma (EM) and atypical nevi (AN).

The first step was the development of a web platform dedicated to “teledermoscopy”. The platform is based on secure communication systems, highly optimised to reduce the required bandwidth. With the contribution of all the centres involved we created a library of dermoscopic standardised images and a database of four clinical-anamnestic data with histologic diagnosis, corresponding to each one of the uploaded dermoscopic images. The web platform also included a testing set area, where all images are available along with four clinical and anamnestic data. Dermatologists from the contributing centres were invited to access the platform and test the scoring classifier. Almost 100 dermoscopists with variable levels of expertise joined the project, with amazing results. Preliminary results The final results will be the subject of a dedicated publication. Preliminary results clearly indicate that adding clinical information improves the diagnostic accuracy by 30%, as compared to dermoscopic examination alone (based on classical pattern analysis and 7-point checklist). Finally, the web platform will be available at the end of the study to all EADV members for further teaching and research activities. l Elvira Moscarella MD Dermatology Unit University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli Naples, Italy

Dr Elvira Moscarella

We submitted our proposal to EADV’s Project Proposal Review Committee (PPRC) in 2016, and we were very proud to be approved for the project. The idea inspiring the project is the belief that early melanoma diagnosis is made easier only by combining clinical information and dermoscopic evaluation. We previously developed a scoring classifier including both dermoscopic evaluation and clinical information of the patient. Our goal With this project our aim was to create an international dataset of images, coupled with clinical information, and to test the scoring system involving a wide number of colleagues from all over Europe. The project is progressing successfully with the close collaboration between the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, the University of Siena and the Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova, IRCCS from Reggio Emilia. Additionally, four centres from other countries in Europe were involved in the project and contributed to the success of the scoring classifier: from Barcelona, Spain; Nis, Serbia; Thessaloniki, Greece; and Saint-Etienne, France.

Early melanoma diagnosis is made easier only by combining clinical information and dermoscopic evaluation. ”


Applications for EADV Project Proposal open on 3 January 2019

The EADV supports excellence in research through its dedicated Project Proposal programme.

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Membership Update

HowEADV helped my career

finish their training and, what is even more important, a more complete and satisfactory practice in their professional future. EADV, with its Resident courses and different meetings, is one of the best allies to learn from and improve these techniques and dermatological knowledge. As a Madrileño myself, I am very much looking forward to the 28 th EADV Congress that will take place in Madrid from 9-13 October 2019. It is going to be a great opportunity to catch up on the most recent advances in our speciality, listen to great lectures on various topics and meet old friends. Also, I am completely sure that you will enjoy all the things that Madrid has to offer and that make it a unique city: friendly people, great gastronomy, great weather, fascinating sightseeing and history. See you all in Madrid. Un saludo! l Adrian Alegre MD Dermatology Department Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal Madrid, Spain

this topic. In fact, I completed my training in laser therapy with a Research Fellowship at the Beckman Laser Institute attached to the University of California in Irvine (California, USA). I am still working as a specialist at the Ramon y Cajal Hospital in which I practise general dermatology and perform skin surgery, including Mohs surgery and laser therapy. I also work at the dermatology clinic Grupo Pedro Jaén in which I perform different laser treatments for skin diseases, photoaging and scars. Learn, learn, learn If I had to give just one piece of advice to our youngest colleagues who are now initiating their careers in dermatology, I would tell them to learn as many different techniques as they canduring their training, such as surgery, laser therapy, ultrasound, confocal microscopy, photodynamic therapy, aesthetic and cosmetic. I consider that all these abilities will allow them to have more job opportunities once they


Dr Adrian Alegre

A few years ago, when I was a first- year resident in dermatology a more experienced colleague gave me some of the best professional advice that I have ever received: “You should join EADV”. Now, as a member of EADV for a number of years, I can say that I have experienced the many learning opportunities that this prestigious organisation can provide. In my opinion, being an EADV member can be especially useful during our first steps in becoming a dermatologist. I had the chance to attend different Resident courses during my training, in which I improvedmy skills and knowledge in varied areas such as paediatric dermatology, cryotherapy and virology, among others. I can say that I have applied all this knowledge in my daily practice since then. Also, being part of EADV and participating in the courses and meetings gives you the chance to meet colleagues from different countries all around Europe which I think is a very enriching experience. Regarding my career, I finished my residency programme in Madrid at Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal. It has one of the biggest laser units in Spain, led by Dr Pablo Boixeda, in which hundreds of patients with different vascular anomalies are treated each year. I became interested in this field very early on, and during my training I had the chance to collaborate in different studies and contribute scientific publications on


JEADV Update

JEADV soon to launch its app and welcomes new Section Editors Articles accessible – at any time, anywhere

With the app, you can keep up-to-date with the exciting developments and novel insights in dermatology and venerelology anytime, anywhere. ”

Have you ever wished you could read JEADV articles while traveling ? We are launching our JEADV App very soon – with this brand-new app, you can now access your favourite content directly from your tablet or smartphone. Easy to use and conveniently accessible on all your portable devices, the JEADV App keeps pace with the needs of busy doctors and researchers. Make sure to check it out here . Meet our new Section Editors The JEADV is proud to announce the appointment of 10 new Section Editors . Each of them brings specialised knowledge, in-depth expertise and novel insights from their respective fields – to

the greater benefit of the Journal and its readership. We are very much looking forward to our collaboration! JEADV introduces Book Reviews From January 2019 on, a new category of article is introduced to the JEADV : Book Reviews . We welcome the opportunity to publish reviews of current books in dermatology and venereology and in related fields. Book reviews are either solicited by the Editor-in-Chief or may be offered unsolicited by prospective book- reviewers. The review can be about a seminal book, or a more original work – as long as it remains of general interest. The submission process is exactly the same as for regular papers, and will be

processed as usual through our ScholarOne Manuscripts submission/ review system . For more information about submitting your articles, please consult our Author Guidelines here . Visit us today www.jeadv.com Do not hesitate to contact us at jeadv@ eadv.org l

JEADV Section Editors

Maria Bradley Stefanie Eyerich Margarida Gonçalo

John Paoli



Thierry Passeron Christian Posch



Contact allergy/Occupational dermatology


Christophe Hsu Lajos Kemény

Adam Reich Sorin Tiplica

Social media Inflammation




28 th EADV Congress

Join us in Madrid !

Explore opportunities in dermatology and venereology at Europe’s premier annual event :

• Discover the latest in R&D from international keynote speakers • Engage with other inspiring healthcare professionals • Explore the expanded exhibitors’ area.

Key Deadlines

Just some of the highlights…

9 October: Sister Society and Subspecialty Society Meetings

Working Group (NAWG). The full-day track will focus on two major topics: hand dermatitis and wound healing and will also feature an update on biologics with a mixed faculty of dermatologists and nurses. • A special nurse fee of 100 EUR will grant full access to the whole congress (proof of status requested). 13 October: Aesthetic Sunday : Advanced and hot topics in “Energy-based devices, including lasers”, “Fillers”, “Botulinum toxin” “Peels”, “Scars”, “Practice management” and more in 4 parallel tracks.


10 April 2019 at 12.00 CET • Michael Hornstein Memorial Scholarship • John Stratigos Memorial Scholarship • Imrich Sarkany Non- European Memorial Scholarship

10-12 October: 3 tracks: Review & Updates , Training & Educational Forum , and Expert Forum running over 3 days and covering all aspects of dermatology and venereology. Plus, Satellite Symposia, Spotlight sessions,EADVPresident’sSymposium, Patient Society Village, Workshops and Free Communications/Posters 12 October: 3 tracks , plus EADV’s 1 st Nurse Day : organised by the Nurse Association

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ABSTRACT SUBMISSION AND REGISTRATION 20 March 2019 Abstract Submission 10 April 2019 Early Bird registration 24 July 2019 Mid-rate registration

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Hair Disorders

Enhancing European


It is my great pleasure to write some lines about the rising European research activity in the field of hair disorders. Trichology has witnessed growing interest by EADV members and dermatologists from all over the world. As an example, the scientific sessions on hair disorders during the last EADV Congress were packed full of dermatologists. In recent years, some outstanding papers on trichology from European authors have been published. In our view, the European research groups into trichology have reached a high level of distinction in the world of hair research.

We have been very lucky to participate (as main investigators or as co-investigators) in some relevant multicentre projects between European centres. In 2013 we created a Spanish research network between hair specialist centres. It has allowed us to publish some interesting multicentre studies about frontal fibrosing alopecia 1,2,3 , folliculitis decalvans 4,5 and alopecia areata 6,7,8 . During the past three years, we have started collaborations with some leading European centres, such aswithDr Tziotzios andDrMcGrathof theDivisionofGenetics and Molecular Medicine, King´s College

Prof Sergio Vañó Galván

Treatment of alopecia universalis with oral pulses of dexamethasone 8 mg (0.1 mg/kg/d) twice weekly. Clinical response at 3, 6 and 9 months of follow-up.


research in hair disorders

London in the UK. This has enhanced new research projects such as the genetics of frontal fibrosing alopecia (awaiting publication), the current frequency of the different subtypes of alopecia in daily practice (awaiting publication), the role of microbiome in folliculitis decalvans and alopecia areata (ongoing), etc. This latter project has recently received one of the EADV PPRC grants. European research network Taking into account the increasing interest in hair research in Europe and the high level of some European hair research groups, we would strongly support the creation of a European research network in hair disorders. This would improve the multidisciplinary collaboration between centres. In fact, we are currently working on this idea in the European Hair Research Society (presided by Dr Bianca M Piraccini from Bologna, Italy). Hopefully, in a few years this European network could be up and running. We are sure that this would help to maintain the research excellence of the European dermatologists working on hair disorders. Key events in 2019 Next year, two indispensable events related to hair research will be held in Spain: the World Congress for Hair Research (24-27 April 2019 in Sitges), and the EADV Congress (9-13 October 2019 in Madrid). We encourage all dermatologists interested in hair research to attend these meetings. These will be not only excellent meeting points to share the latest developments, but also a perfect scenario to advance in the creation of

this European research network in hair disorders. In conclusion, the European research groups in hair disorders have achieved, in my opinion, world leadership in many fields - cicatricial alopecias, trichoscopy, genetics, etc - and this is probably just the beginning, as there are interesting ongoing projects that will be concluded in the next two-to-three years. We believe that the creation of a European research network in hair disorders will ease the collaboration between centres. l Sergio Vañó Galván MD PhD Dermatologist, Head of Trichology Unit & Clinical Research Co-ordinator, Hospital Ramon y Cajal, Madrid, Spain. Director of Trichology Unit of the Grupo Pedro Jaen Clinic, Madrid, Spain Board member, European Hair Research Society Professor, University of Alcala, Madrid Email: drsergiovano@gmail.com Twitter: @SergioVanoG References: 1. Vañó-Galván S, Molina-Ruiz AM, Serrano-Falcón C, Arias- Santiago S, Rodrigues-Barata AR, Garnacho-Saucedo G, et al. Frontal fibrosing alopecia: A multicenter review of 355 patients. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014;70:670-8 2. Moreno-Arrones OM, Saceda-Corralo D, Rodrigues-Barata AR, Castellanos-González M, Pugnaire MA, Grimalt R, Hermosa- Gelbard A, Bernárdez C, Molina-Ruiz AM, Ormaechea-Pérez N, Fernández-Crehuet P, Vaño-Galván S. Risk factors associated with frontal fibrosing alopecia: a multicentre case-control study. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2018 Sep 26. doi: 10.1111/ced.13785. 3. Saceda-Corralo D, Moreno-Arrones ÓM, Fonda-Pascual P, Pindado-Ortega C, Buendía-Castaño D, Alegre-Sánchez A, Segurado-Miravalles G, Rodrigues-Barata AR, Jaén-Olasolo P, Vaño-Galván S. Development and validation of the Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia Severity Score. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018 Mar;78(3):522-529. 4. Vañó-Galván S, Molina-Ruiz AM, Fernández-Crehuet P, Rodrigues-Barata AR, Arias-Santiago S, Serrano-Falcón C, et al. Folliculitis decalvans: A multicentre review of 82 patients. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2015;29:1750-7 5. Miguel-Gómez L, Rodrigues-Barata AR, Molina-Ruiz A, Martorell-Calatayud A, Fernández-Crehuet P, Grimalt R, Barco SPEAKERS 750 + #EADV2019

D, Arias-Santiago S, Serrano-Falcón C, Camacho FM, Saceda- Corralo D, Jaén-Olasolo P, Vañó-Galván S. Folliculitis decalvans: Effectiveness of therapies and prognostic factors in a multicenter series of 60 patients with long-term follow-up. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018 Nov;79(5):878-883. 6. Vañó-Galván S, Hermosa-Gelbard Á, Sánchez-Neila N, Miguel- Gómez L, Saceda-Corralo D, Rodrigues-Barata R, et al. Pulse corticosteroid therapy with oral dexamethasone for the treatment of adult alopecia totalis and universalis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2016;74:1005-7 7. Vañó-Galván S, Fernández-Crehuet P, Grimalt R, Garcia- Hernandez MJ, Rodrigues-Barata R, Arias-Santiago S, Molina- Ruiz A, Garcia-Lora E, Dominguez-Cruz J, Brugues A, Ferrando J, Serrano-Falcón C, Serrano S, Paoli J, Camacho F. Alopecia areata totalis and universalis: a multicenter review of 132 patients in Spain. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2017 Mar;31(3):550-556. 8. Saceda-Corralo D, Grimalt R, Fernández-Crehuet P, Clemente A, Bernárdez C, García-Hernandez MJ, Arias-Santiago S, Rodrigues-Barata AR, Rodríguez-Pichardo A, García-Lora E, Jaén P, Camacho FM, Vañó-Galván S. Beard alopecia areata: a multicentre review of 55 patients. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2017 Jan;31(1):187-192. 28 EADV CONGRESS 9-13 OCTOBER 2019 Madrid, Spain th www.eadvmadrid2019.org COUNTRIES 100 + EXHIBITORS 170 +

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Advanced Surgical Skills Course report

‘sophisticated suturing’ to general principles of skin flaps and full-thickness skin grafts. After this thorough but rapid initial overview, on Friday the practical sessions began. We each had a pig’s head to practise on throughout the day: each session would start with a demonstration of the flap and was followed by a chance to practise that flap with expert guidance should we encounter problems or have questions. Over the course of two days, we had the opportunity to practise a wide range of advancement, rotation, and transposition flaps. I was very impressed by the appearance of my colleagues’ pigs’ heads at the end of each day – there was some very impressive surgery going on in that conference room! Afterthestudentshadeachpresentedtheir own case that evening, the course finished with more practice of surgical grafts on ‘special sites’, before a special closing speech from Dr Corgibet. Somehow, in five minutes, she tied together all the key points we had learned on the course. This left us feeling confident to go home and put our new skills to use. I have since

started to perform such procedures on my own, and I have also heard how many of my fellow EADV residents are doing the same. The social aspect of these courses is also important – both because it is fun and also as it represents a chance to meet others and find out about the experiences of dermatologists in a wide range of other European countries. We bonded over high- quality food on the first night and then fondue to celebrate an Italian birthday on the second night – luckily our surgical skills were better than our cooking skills! Being in Brussels over a weekend where Brexit was again in the news, it was extra special to develop so many European friendships – and I hope to meet them again in the future. We are all very grateful to EADV for running these courses, which have such a positive impact on our career development. l

Dr Douglas Maslin


In November 2018, 17 enthusiastic dermatology residents and specialists were fortunate enough to join forces in Brussels to learn advanced surgical skills through the EADV School. This course, now in its 5th year, is chaired by Dr Florence Corgibet and Prof Myrto-Georgia Trakatelli. Lectures were also given by Dr François Will, Dr Eleanor Rossi and Dr Michèle Henry. The course started on a Thursday afternoon with lectures ranging from

Douglas Maslin MD Cambridge, UK


Applications for EADV Research Fellowships open on 3 January 2019

The EADV Research Fellowship is a novel scholarship funded by the EADV. It is aimed to support the research training of European junior and resident Dermatologists-Venereologists or junior scientists.

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Digital tools

Building an onlinepresence

I I started developing content on the internet in 2010 when I ended my residency programme in Singapore (at the National Skin Centre under Prof Chee Leok Goh) and Geneva, Switzerland (at the Geneva University Hospital under Prof Jean-Hilaire Saurat). Rich in the knowledge gained to pass the board examination, finding topics and writing about them was not too difficult. The objective was to raise public awareness on skin issues and provide educational materials for professionals. At the same time an updated directory to find a dermatologist as well as organisations involved was added. Dr Christophe Hsu

conferences. It was quite stimulating to develop this content which was thrown into search engines and the website traffic soared in 2014 to 50000 visitors a month from every country, including one where internet traffic is restricted. I chose the popularity of contentmeasured by search engines to generate more content on the same topic and had the most interesting educational materials for the general public translated. For example, “White Spots in Children” was translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog. Finding the right platforms However, from that time onwards Google search engine algorithms would be updated (from July 2013) and this resulted in a gradual but dramatic fall in search traffic. So, I turned to Facebook and createdpages ondifferent topics* themain one being Dermatology News Daily. By posting on these pages and cross-posting

plummeted to less than 300 a day and has been falling ever since.

LinkedIn: my choice So, I decided to turn in 2017 to LinkedIn and build a network and adapt content to this more professional audience; indeed, the great advantage of this network is that you know who your connections are: dermatologists, doctors and all those who have a connection to skin science or wish to have one. By bringing all my educational contributions to dermatology through Information & Communications Technology (ICT) has brought me the personal satisfaction of getting feedback for my efforts, either through a post or through meeting colleagues face-to-face from all over the world. This is indeed my own definition of the Dowling Club (Dr Geoffrey Barrow Dowling was a renowned British dermatologist who founded in 1948 an informal journal and club to promote knowledge and friendship among dermatologists). l Christophe Hsu MD www.linkedin.com/in/christophe-hsu Specialist in Dermatology (Switzerland) Global Dermatology; JAAD, JEADV and Dermatologica Helvetica Editorial Boards Consultant in Teledermatology and AI (Department of Dermatology; University Hospital of Basel)

Content focused on general information for the public on skin diseases and professional information, such as patient support groups, specialised topics in dermatology, terminology and comments on articles and posters at scientific

on Dermatology News Daily, the website reached 2000 website referrals a day and 360000 likes. It is also at this time that I joined the JAAD social media efforts. Unfortunately, it was time to adapt again as from 2016, Facebook started to modify its algorithm to favour advertising through paid content, so organic reach

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*Acne, Atopic Dermatitis, Leprosy, Pigmentation, Psoriasis, Sunprotection and “Skin, Mind and Soul”: (a book by Pomey-Rey D, MD translated from French).


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JEADV update EADV organisation January 2019

Head of Congress & Corporate Relations

Kimberley Zimmermann K

Office and Head of Congress Assistant Valeria Iametti

Leadership Assistant (President’s assistant) Cristina Zenthe

Head of Editorial & publication

Head &Con

Congress and Corporate Relations Office

Asao Sarukawa


Senior Logistic Coordinator

Scientific Manager

Senior Registration Coordinator Natascia Silvia Boni

Senior Exhibition Coordinator Emanuele Graziano

Editorial Coordinator Marie Berset

Accounting Coordinator Luana Cocchiarella

Valeria Fabris

Position vacant

Senior Registration Coordinator Andrea Todeschini

Senior Logistic Coordinator Alessandro Tomei

Senior Exhibition Coordinator Gabriele Pizzino

Senior Scientific Coordinator Marina Biranelli

Registration Coordinator Stefania Capellari

Exhibition Coordinator Filippo Ghezzi

Senior Scientific Coordinator Victor Trendafilov

Logistic Coordinator Karin De Donno

Scientific Coordinator Thomas Cavadini


Head of BelgiumOffice and Human Resources

Catherine Cathala

Human Resources Coordinator Ilaria Arcari

Leadership Assistant (Secretary General’s assistant) Nuno Durao

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Head of Membership Services

Head of Education

Communications Department


Aline Loosveldt

Jennifer Robinson

Controlling Coordinator Laura Casada

Media Coordinator Ruel Jacob

Website & IT Coordinator Pawel Siemieniuk

Membership Coordinator Christophe Chatelle

Membership Coordinator Nelson Herrera Rodriguez

Senior Education Coordinator Marc Somja

Senior e-learning Coordinator Victor Perez

Membership Coordinator Jeremy Pickering

Education Coordinator Annie Nzuzi

Contact details for any EADV staff member can be found on www.eadv.org/team


Secretary General’s Update

NewBoard and committeemembers

F First of all, a very warm welcome to 2019! EADV would like to express its gratitude and a heartful thank-you for all the nominations received this year. Let me please remind you all how vitally important this is for the Academy, ensuring the continuity of our work and commitment to EADV’s mandate. On behalf of the Executive Committee, I would like to welcome:

Prof Branka Marinovic

Board Members 2018-2021 Albania: Erjona Shehu Bosnia and Herzegovina: Asja Prohic

Poland: Aleksandra Lesiak and Lidia Rudnicka Portugal: Margarida Gonçalo Romania: Catalin Popescu and Rodica Cosgarea Slovenia: Mateja Dolenc-Voljc Spain: Eduardo Nagore Sweden: Oscar Zaar Switzerland: Robert Hunger Turkey: Erkan Alpsoy International: Dedee Murrell

Bulgaria: Grisha Mateev Croatia: Mihael Skerlev

Estonia: Pille Konno France: Rémi Maghia Germany: Rolf Ostendorf and Christos Zouboulis Hungary: Andrea Szegedi Italy: Giovanna Zambruno Latvia: Raimonds Karls

Members of the Executive Committee President-Elect 2018-2020

Alexander Stratigos Board Representative to the EC 2018-2020 Carmen Salavastru Board Representative to the EC 2018-2020 Jacek Szepietowski

Committees 2018-2022 Statutes and Development Chair-Elect 2019: Daniel Hohl EADV School Members: Paula Pasquali and Catherine van Montfrans Finance Committee Member: Angela Hernandez

SPC Member - Southern Region: Eduardo Nagore Statues and Development Committee Member: Sarah Rogers Website Committee Member 2018-2022: Carmen Rodriguez-Cerdeira

Board Members 2019-2022 Greece: Elizabeth Lazaridou and Alexander Katoulis Malta: Helen Borg Netherlands: Markus Starink International: Shyam Verma

open on 18 February and close on 18 March 2019. We look forward to your continued support. Wishing you a prosperous year ahead! l Branka Marinovic EADV Secretary General

We also thank all those who ended their terms for their time, dedication and hard work. Please do stay tuned for calls for nomination regarding the Scientific Programming Committee-Western Region and the Scientific Programming Committee-Northern Region, which




Executive Committee PAUL Carle (FR) President STRATIGOS Alexander (GR) President-Elect BORRADORI Luca (CH) Past-President MARINOVIC Branka (HR) Secretary General NEUMANN Martino (NL) Treasurer IOANNIDES Dimitrios (GR) Treasurer-Elect SZEPIETOWSKI Jacek (PL) Representative of the Board SALAVASTRU Carmen (RO) Representative of the Board

Board of Directors ABERER Werner (AT) ALPSOY Erkan (TR)


Dr Stephen I Katz MDPhD

The European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) has learned with great sadness of the death of Stephen I Katz MD PhD, on 20 December 2018. Dr Katz’s scientific accomplishments were prodigious. But it was his commitment to the advancement of dermatology that will be his enduring legacy. Dr Katz was a highly regarded doctor, researcher, and pioneer in immuno- dermatology. With 40 years’ service as a senior specialist and latterly as head of the National Cancer Institute Dermatology Branch, Dr Katz prepared and guided various national and global scholastic dermatology pioneers, a significant number of whom have gone on to reach high positions at organisations around the world. Since 1995, Dr Katz made extraordinary progress as an executive of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). He received the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award, the highest honour that can be presented to a government worker, for his commitment to the National Institutes of Health. In acknowledgment of his broad and innovative commitments to dermatology, EADV named him an Honorary Member in 2012. Dr Katz was born in New York in 1941 and lived in the Washington DC area. He graduated with honours from the University of Maryland and Tulane University Medical School. After completing a medical internship at Los Angeles County Hospital, he did his dermatology residency at the University of Miami Medical Center. He also served in the US military at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, obtaining a PhD in immunology from the University of London. Dr Katz is survived by his wife, Linda, and his children, Mark Katz MD, EADV member Kenneth A Katz MD MSc MSCE, and Karen Katz.

RANKI Annamari (FI) RUDNICKA Lidia (PL)

SERUP Jorgen (DK) SHEHU Erjona (AL) SIGURGEIRSSON Bardur (IS) SKERLEV Mihael (HR) STILET Predrag (ME) SZEGEDI Andrea (HU) TZELLOS Thrasyvoulos (NO) VASKU Vladimir (CZ) WOLKENSTEIN Pierre (FR) ZAAR Oscar (SE) ZAMBRUNO Giovanna (IT) ZOUBOULIS Christos (DE)


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