Archive for February, 2010

Remembering those former ESPCR Members that have left us…

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
Remembering those former ESPCR Members that have left us...

Remembering those former ESPCR Members that have left us...

From now on, there will be a section, at the ESPCR web site, devoted to remembering those former ESPCR Members that have left us. This is a deserved recognition for those colleagues that once belonged to and worked for our Society. We just hope we will not have to update this page too often.

The ESPCR is born! (March 1987)

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
First ESPCR Bulletin published (nº 1) March 1987

First ESPCR Bulletin published (nº 1) March 1987

The ESPCR is born!. These were the very first words found in the first ESPCR bulletin, published in March 1987. The ESPCR Bulletin Editor was, at the time, Prof. F. Lejeune (Brussels). Since then, 66 issues have been published, 65 normal issues and 1 special issue, published in June 1993. All these issues are now available from the ESPCR web site. Only the issues corresponding to the last three years have restricted access to members, protected by username/password. These parameters can be requested by ESPCR members very easily, from the ESPCR web site too.

Now, thanks to a tremendous effort made by Ghanem Ghanem, current ESPCR Editor, who took the initiative to transform all previous files in scanned PDF documents, we could all enjoy all these ESPCR bulletins, electronically, easily, directly downloading them from the ESPCR web site, at the Bulletin Section.

Many thanks Ghanem!. The ESPCR is most grateful for all your continuous and generous dedication as Editor of the ESPCR Bulletin.

2010 ESPCR Registration Awards for the 16th ESPCR annual meeting

Friday, February 12th, 2010
2010 ESPCR registration awards for the 16th ESPCR annual meeting

2010 ESPCR registration awards for the 16th ESPCR annual meeting

Dear ESPCR members,

Following a well established tradition, The European Society for Pigment Cell Research will provide SEVEN REGISTRATION  AWARDS  for attendance at XVI ESPCR meeting to be held at Hinxton-Cambridge (United Kingdom), on September 4-7, 2010.  Awards will cover exclusively conference registration and accommodation costs (in twin bed rooms), according to the ESPCR 2010 meeting web site. Applicants, typically  PhD student or junior scientists, may obtain full details at the ESPCR web site.  Awards will be made by the ESPCR Registration Awards Committee on a competitive basis.

Deadline for receiving applications: April 30, 2010

All the best,

Alessandra Napolitano, Chair, ESPCR Travel Awards Committee

Book published on “Vitiligo”, edited by Mauro Picardo and Alain Taïeb

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
Vitiligo Book, Edited by Mauro Picardo and Alain Taïeb

Vitiligo Book, Edited by Mauro Picardo and Alain Taïeb

A new book on “Vitiligo” has been just published by Springer, 2010. The book is edited by Prof. Mauro Picardo (Vice-President of IFPCS and former President of ESPCR) and Prof. Alain Taïeb (Secretary of ESPCR and member of the IFPCS council). Most of the authors responsible for the different book chapters are also IFPCS members.

Extracted from Springer’s web page: “Vitiligo is one of the most common cutaneous disorders. Great numbers of affected patients suffer from the high stigmatizing impact of this disease. Up to now, clinical guidelines for the treatment of vitiligo were non-existent. In order to fill this void, this textbook defines and gives a complete overview of the disease, both regarding the classification of differential diagnosis as well as the treatment. Written by the most authoritative experts in the field, all therapy recommendations are based on new evidence-based guidelines. It includes case studies with illustrations before and after the treatment in order to demonstrate the treatment success. This textbook will be a valuable resource for all physicians who are seeing patients with this disease“.

Table of Contents:

Section I: Defining the Disease.- Section II: Understanding the Disease.- Pathophysiology Overview.- Generalized Vitiligo.- Genetic.- Environmental Factors.- In Vivo Data.- Animal Model.- In Vitro Approaches.- Oxidative Stress.- Immune/Inflammatory Aspects.- Cytokines and Growth Factors.- Proopiomelanochortin and Related Hormones in Vitiligo.- Segmental Vitiligo.- The Concept of Mosaicism Applied to SV.- Neural Hypothesis.- In Vivo Data.- In Vitro Data.- Editor’s Synthesis.- Section III: Therapy.- How to Manage the Patients: Overview.- Evidence Based Medicine.- Phototherapies.- Local Treatments.- Systemic Treatments.- Non Defined Treatments.- Surgical Therapies and Combined Therapies.- Camouflage: Practical Aspects.- Patient’s Perspective.- Editor’s Syntesis.- Conclusions.- Appendix.- Treatment Regimen (Phototherapies): Pratical Aspects.- Techinques for Grafting.- Index

4th National Congress of SOMADEC-Melasma Course

Monday, February 1st, 2010
4th National Congress of SOMADEC-Melasma Course

4th National Congress of SOMADEC-Melasma Course

The Fourth Congress of the Moroccan Society of Aesthetic and Surgical Dermatology (SOMADEC) will be held in Rabat on May 7-8 th 2010 including plenary lectures, courses, round tables and workshops.
As in the past year, the entire first day will be devoted to a training Course of Pigmentology. For this next meeting the topic choosen will be: “The Melasma management in daily practice” which is, as you know, a challenging problem for the dermatologists. During the second Day, the most recent developments in: “The use of Lasers, fillers and botulinium toxin ” will be presented by experts and discussed.
We hope to see you numerous in Rabat in May 2010. We will try to make that this meeting will be beneficial for all the dermatologists attending, both in the field of scientific knowledges and in the field of the daily practice, in a socially and culturally most stimulating environment.

Pr Laila Benzekri
Secretary-General of the Moroccan Society of Aesthetic and Surgical Dermatology