| EDF Newsletter September 2020

Dear EDF member,

Although the Coronavirus pandemic has also affected some of the activities of the EDF, the EDF Newsletter will try to keep you updated as a reliable form of information even in difficult times.

The newly introduced format of the Newsletter generated good feedback and we will keep its current format. It is meant to alarm you about the upcoming activities of the EDF.

The EDF, by involving you as key opinion leaders and Professors from all over Europe, aims to strengthen the position of Dermato-Venereology and to improve healthcare needs of patients across the continent. To achieve these goals, and with your support, we will keep interacting with industry, academia, government, patients’ organizations and society. We will be promoting our specialty through the following activities:


| EDF Annual Meeting

The next EDF Annual meeting is planned to take place from Jan. 21-23 2021 in the Radisson Blue Hotel in Lucerne. The program starts with our traditional plenary guest lectures. This year Prof. C. Blanpain, a world-famous scientist on tumorigenesis, will speak about “Stem cells and non-melanoma skin cancer”. This will be followed by a lecture on “The illusion of skin color” by Prof. N. Jablonski from Penn. State Univ. in the US.  More plenary lectures will follow Friday afternoon by Prof. A. Torrelo speaking about the “Clinical challenges in genodermatoses” and Prof. J. Bauer on “Gene editing and therapy of genodermatoses”. Two well-established highlights will be our interactive forums. 

| Euroderm Excellence

It is still unclear when the 17th Euroderm Excellence course will take place. The course was planned for late November this year in Rome and will again be supported by Lilly. Excellent candidates are already selected (xxx applicants with 100 participants selected) and time and place were fixed, as well as the program finalized, but the EDF Board decided to postpone the course to 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic and its related uncertainties. 

| EDF Advanced Euroderm Excellence Program

In order to maintain and promote high quality education and training, the EDF has been working to integrate undergraduate teaching activities with an electronic platform; Cyberderm-DOIT (Dermatology Online with Interactive Technology, www.cyberderm.net) developed by Prof Gunter Burg and now run by Prof Peter Itin. The educational chapters have been updated, with more than 1000 images, and are now available in German, French, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Chinese. A Web Book (WEBBOOK), as a supplement to the interactive e-learning platform DOIT, is also available to support the multi-step learning process. 

| White Book

This 6th edition 2020 of the EDF White Book has been updated and new chapters on important topics in dermato-venereology are included such as specific infections, body dysmorphic syndrome and psychologic impact of skin diseases or nutritional deficiencies and skin disorders. The White Book describes in general the burden of skin and sexually transmitted infections within Europe and shows how provision of care and costs vary across the continent.

| EDF Guidelines

The EDF is proud to promote the activities of the European Centre for Guidelines Development (EuroGuiDerm of the EDF) in collaboration with Prof Alexander Nast from the Division of Evidence-Based Medicine, Department of Dermatology, Charité University, Berlin. The Centre will also be advised and supported by renowned experts in the field. The project aims to foster high-quality guidelines through harmonized methodologies that ensure alignment with current gold standards, under a systemized structure and with a continuous update process. The governance includes a Board of Directors, with EDF having a majority status. 

| Cyberderm-DOIT

In order to maintain and promote high quality education and training, the EDF has been working to integrate undergraduate teaching activities with an electronic platform; Cyberderm-DOIT (Dermatology Online with Interactive Technology, www.cyberderm.net) developed by Prof Gunter Burg and now run by Prof Peter Itin. The educational chapters have been updated, with more than 1000 images, and are now available in German, French, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Chinese. A Web Book (WEBBOOK), as a supplement to the interactive e-learning platform DOIT, is also available to support the multi-step learning process. 

The Corona pandemic has certainly immensely affected also our work and life in Dermatology. Basically overnight meetings, travelling, and also socializing became obsolete. We hope that by January the situation will have become “more normal” again and that we can have a fruitful on site meeting to restore European collegiality. We all look forward to that. However, the EDF Board is well aware of the risks attached to the pandemic and will not risk the health of our members unnecessarily. Be assured that if there is any doubt about safety, the EDF Board will rather cancel the meeting than taking unnecessary risks!

Warm regards,

Prof. Dr. A. Enk
Secretary-General EDF

September 2020

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