| 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
Unfortunately (and as already posted on the website), the EDF-Board has felt it necessary to cancel our next meeting in Lucerne in 2021. The recent rise in incidence rates of Corona-infections all over Europe and the unpredictable development in winter are too much of a risk for the well-being of all participants. We therefore look forward to a hopefully fruitful meeting in Montreux, 2022.
| Euroderm Excellence
The course was planned for late November this year in Rome and will again be supported by Lilly. Excellent candidates are already selected (202 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. New dates have been selected in the spring of 2021 (27 – 30 April 2021, Rome, Italy) for this course. Consultations are currently underway with the speakers confirmed for the November 2020 edition. We will come back to you in that matter in due course.
| EDF Advanced Euroderm Excellence Program
Starting January 2021 the EDF Board has decided to launch a new fostering initiative called “Advanced EDF Euroderm Excellence” course. It was planned to be attached to our annual meeting and will be a one-day fostering activity targeted at former participants of the EDF-Euroderm Excellence course. This meeting will now be a virtual session. The course on invitation only and meant to further stimulate successful participants of EDF-Euroderm in their dermatologic careers. Renown dermatologists will provide lectures on grant-writing, lecturing skills, but also provide overviews on career planning. This year the first 20 participants were selected from the best participants of EDF-Euroderm from the last five years. The course will be continued in the next years and is sponsored by Janssen, Lilly and UCB.
| 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.
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 Alexander Navarini. 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.
| In memoriam of Prof. Dr. Wolfram Sterry
Few days ago, one of the true giants of Dermatology and a founding father of the EDF, Prof. Dr. Wolfram Sterry has passed away. The whole EDF Board is filled with sadness about this great loss for Dermatology.
The Corona pandemic has certainly immensely affected also our work and life in Dermatology. Let us all hope that normality will return in 2022!
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