15 August 2014 Published in Nontabbed

2013 ESDR Annual General Meeting of Members (AGM)
Edinburgh, Scotland

Friday 10 May 2013, 08.30-09.30


1. Opening (Alexander Enk)

Alexander Enk opened the Annual General Meeting at 08.30.

2. Approval of the Minutes of the AGM in Venice 2012 (Alexander Enk)

The members present accepted the minutes from the last AGM without comment.

3. President’s Report (Alexander Enk)

Alexander Enk started by showing the members the current composition of the ESDR Executive Committee, Board and Working Committees.

He then summarized some key statistics surrounding the IID 2013 meeting, notably that more than 1500 abstracts were received for the meeting and over 2100 delegates registered. ESDR co-ordinated the distribution of EUR 121,000 in travel grants to young researchers.

Alexander Enk thanked Irene Leigh as Chair of the Local Organising Committee and Chris Griffiths as Chair of the Finance Committee for their hard work in organizing the meeting.

Alexander Enk also informed the members about future ESDR meetings. He then described the newly created International Societies for Dermatology, which is a structure created by ESDR, JSID and SID for the future organization of IID meetings.

He then closed by presenting two of ESDR’s successful educational programs, the Academy for Future Leaders in Dermatology (2013: Florence) and the ESDR/EADV Summer Research Workshop (2013: Cologne).

4. Secretary-Treasurer’s Report (Jonathan Barker)

Jonathan Barker presented the 2012 financial report to the members. 2012 was a better year financially for the society but still resulted in a loss of EUR 19,000. This loss was predicted in the previous year’s budget and will be remedied in 2013 with strong financial results forecast. While office costs remain stable, the income raised from membership and the annual meeting could be improved.
In terms of membership, our numbers are growing steadily. At 30 April 2013, we had 1173 active members.

The members present accepted the financial report from the Secretary-Treasurer

5. New ESDR Members (Jonathan Barker)

133 new membership applications were received since the last AGM. The membership was asked to accept all new applicants.

The members present accepted all new members into the society.

6. Election of New Board Members  (Alexander Enk)

The Board recommended the appointment of three new members to join the Board: Lionel Larue (France), Kerstin Steinbrink (Germany) and Thomas Werfel (Germany).

The AGM accepted the Board’s proposition.

7. Appointment of President-Elect (Alexander Enk)

The Board proposed the appointment of Mauro Picardo as next President-Elect to commence his presidential term from October 2014.

The AGM accepted the Board’s proposal.

8. 2013 ESDR Honorary Member Awards (Alexander Enk)

The Board bestowed Honorary Membership to the following:

Ronald Marks (UK)
Hiroshi Shimizu (Japan)
Peter van de Kerkhof (Netherlands)

The above were recognized for their important contribution to European and international dermatological research.

9. 2013 ESDR Future Leaders in Dermatology (Alexander Enk)

Alexander Enk presented the young scientists selected for the 2013 Academy for Future Leaders in Dermatology to the ESDR AGM.

10. Other Business and Closing

An ESDR member raised a question about the location and cost of organizing the program committee meeting for IID in the South of France.  Alexander Enk replied that comparisons had been made with large metropolitan venues in Europe and that the prices we had were competitive, particularly as the meeting took place in the Winter (off season).

Alexander Enk closed the meeting at 09.35

14 March 2014 Published in Awards

Deadline for applications: 31 May 2014. We are now accepting applications for the Celgene Award for Innovative Research in Immunology and Inflammation into Dermatological Diseases.

The purpose of the award is to encourage innovative research into Dermatological Diseases. The award will be given at the next ESDR meeting in Copenhagen from 10-13 September 2014.

The award is aimed at younger researchers from the European region in the field of dermatology with the express intent of encouraging them to carry out original research and make a valuable contribution to the understanding of dermatological diseases.

The winner will receive Euros 30,000 to support research projects. This will be paid over a period of three years, with payments of Euros 10,000 per year.

Celgene, the sponsor of the award, is a leading biopharmaceutical company focused on innovative therapies to treat cancer and inflammation through gene and protein regulation and is specialised in cancer therapy with products including Revlimid, Thalomid and Vidaza.

Celgene has a substantial pipeline in inflammation and immunology and expects the first product in this area to be Apremilast, for the treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Therapies are also being developed for systemic and discoid lupus, interstitial pulmonary disease, Crohn’s, renal anaemia, chronic kidney disease and mineral bone disorder.

We are delighted to form this partnership with Celgene. Although great progress has been made in recent years in new treatments for dermatology, much remains to be done and this award encourages the work of young researchers coming in to the field.

For information please follow this link: <<The Celgene Award for Innovation in Inflammation and Immunology Research into Dermatological Diseases >>



12 March 2014 Published in Awards

Application deadline 31 March 2014. The ESDR and the Austrian Society of Dermatology are jointly engaged in fostering dermatological research in Eastern Europe. Following on from a successful symposium and award presentations at ESDR 2012 and IID 2013, in 2014 we have again decided to sponsor awards to provide recognition to young and established academic dermatologists in this area.

17 February 2014 Published in Awards

Deadline for Applications: 28 March 2014. Applications are invited from exceptional young scientists (PhD/MD) below the age of 40 who have shown outstanding potential to become prominent contributors to the field of dermatological research in the near future. It is expected that successful candidates will have a strong publication record, be a young independent investigator and have a clear vision for the direction of their future research. Previous recipients of the awards can be viewed at: http://www.leo-pharma.com/Home/LEO-Pharma/LEO-Pharma-Research-Foundation/Award-recipients.aspx

Two prizes will be awarded: a Gold prize of ~1,000,000 DKK (~130,000 euros) and a silver prize of ~500,000 DKK (~65,000 Euros). The awards may be used for one or more projects within the prize winner’s area of research and at the prize winner’s discretion. The prize winner shall account for the spending of the money to the LPRF and ESDR. The prizes will be awarded in Copenhagen in September 2014 at the annual ESDR meeting and the awardees will be required to attend the award ceremony.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 28 March 2014

1. Entry Criteria
• You are a young independent scientist (PhD/MD) who has shown outstanding potential to become a prominent contributor to the field of dermatological research in the near future.

2. Eligibility
• Applicants should be residents of a European country, living in Europe and aged up to 40 years*
• Applicants should have either already established themselves through independent research, or have been appointed to an independent position

*In exceptional circumstances older candidates will be considered, especially for those candidates that have taken a career break or maternity/paternity leave.

3. Process
• The closing date for entries is 28 March 2014
• Entries should be accompanied by the completed application form (Word document) together with a letter of support from a senior researcher in the field. Incomplete or late entries will not be considered
• Please send one PDF or Word copy of this application form, your CV and nomination letter addressed to Thomas Florestan, European Society for Dermatological Research, 7 Rue Cingria, CH-1205 Geneva, Switzerland by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
• Entries will be reviewed by nominated members of the ESDR Scientific Committee and a final decision made by the The Leo Pharma Research Foundation
• The award will be decided in June 2014 and announced in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
• The awards will be made in Copenhagen in September 2014 and successful candidates will be required to attend the award ceremony

27 January 2014 Published in News

Deadline for applications extended: Friday 14 March 2014. ESDR Academy for Future Leaders in Dermatology. Madrid, Spain: 6-8 November 2014. ESDR plans to invite approximately 25 gifted young scientists from dermatological departments in Europe for a 2.5 day meeting in 2014. The meeting will be fully organised under the auspices of the ESDR board and will take place in Madrid. This meeting follows the very successful academies held in Cascais (2011), Barcelona (2012) and Florence (2013). The meeting will bring together renowned scientists from dermatology and basic science with the brightest young dermatologists working in the field that year. All attendees will have to give oral presentations and poster presentations of their work and there will be lectures by invited scientists (experts in the field) that will complement these presentations. For 2014 the general topic will be "Lost in translation? Bench–to–bedside research in dermatology".

ESDR is especially suited to hosting such a meeting as most young researchers in dermatology present their work at the annual ESDR meeting. Our goal is to foster excellence in academic dermatology and to encourage young gifted dermatologists to further pursue their academic careers through guidance and mentoring of established scientists. Besides scientific sessions, there will be a strong emphasis on encouraging young people to network and to exchange ideas. The ESDR will reimburse travel costs for ESDR members up to EUR 500, provide accommodation for two nights and all meals and social events. There is no registration fee.

Interested young scientists must complete an application form, which which is available here (Microsoft Word document) or here (Adobe PDF). The deadline for applications is 14 March 2014.

Confirmed Faculty for 2014

Johann Bauer
Luca Borradori
Andrea Cavani
Michael Hertl
Pascal Joly
Sarolta Karpati
Branka Marinovich
Carien Niessen
Jonathan Rees
Karin Scharfetter-Kochanek
Matthias Schmuth
Erwin Tschachler

Draft Program

Thursday 6 November 2014








Welcome + "getting to know one another" + 2 min self presentation of all invited participants


Invited Lecture


Oral presentations from participants


Coffee Break and Poster Viewing


Invited Lecture


Oral presentations from participants

Friday 7 November 2014


Invited Lecture


Invited Lecture


Oral presentations from participants


Coffee Break and Poster Viewing


Invited Lecture


Oral presentations from participants




Invited Lecture


Oral presentations from participants

Saturday 8 November 2014


Invited Lecture


Invited Lecture


Invited Lecture


Oral presentations from participants


Coffee Break and Poster Viewing


Meeting Digest


Farewell Address

05 December 2013 Published in Nontabbed


Section 1


The association bears the name of the European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR) and is established in Amsterdam.

Section 2

OBJECTIVES The object of the association is the promotion of scientific research in dermatology, skin biology and allied subjects.

Section 3


The association, founded on the twenty-sixth of April, nineteen hundred and seventy, has been formed for an indefinite period.

Section 4


1. The association has ordinary members and honorary members.

2. Those wishing to join the association, should apply to the Secretary-Treasurer, naming two current members as proposers and enclosing a c.v. The names of such applicants for ordinary membership will be distributed with the agenda for the annual general meeting (AGM). The Board will have authority to accept such candidates for membership but will seek formal approval at the AGM by use of a simple majority vote.

3. Persons, who have particularly distinguished themselves in experimental dermatology or skin biology can, following the recommendation of the Board, be appointed honorary members. Depending on a simple majority of the valid votes cast at the AGM. Honorary members have the right to attend ESDR scientific meetings at the rates available to active members; they do not have to pay the annual subscription; they can attend the AGM and other meetings open to ordinary members, but they do not have voting rights nor the right to hold office (except where they are co-opted by the Board). Individuals who are honorary members, and who subsequently become ordinary members, have the full rights of ordinary members.

4. The annual financial contribution to the association the members make shall be fixed at the AGM and proposed changes to the fee will be notified at least one month in advance with the agenda.

5. Membership of the association shall cease by: a) the member’s death; b) notice of resignation by the member;c) termination of membership on behalf of the association. This can take place if the member has ceased to comply with the requirements given for membership in the articles of association financial or otherwise; if he does not fulfil his obligations to the association; if, in the opinion of the Board the member does not show sufficient interest in the association; or when the association cannot reasonably be expected to allow the membership to be continued; d) expulsion from membership. This can only be enforced if a member acts contrary to the articles, rules or resolutions of the association or unreasonably harms the association.

6. Termination of or expulsion from membership shall be effected by the Board on behalf of the association.

7. Termination of membership by the member or by the association can only take place at the end of the association year and with due observance of a term of four weeks notice. However, the membership can be terminated immediately if the member or the association cannot reasonably be expected to allow the membership to continue.

8. A member, is not permitted to cancel his/her membership to exclude a resolution in which the members’ financial obligations have been increased.

9. A member, who is the subject of a resolution for expulsion from membership, has a right to appeal to the annual general meeting (via the Board) within one month after receiving notification. For that purpose he or she shall be notified as soon as possible in writing of the resolution with a statement of the reasons. During the time of appeal and during the appeal, the member shall be suspended. A resolution to withdraw the expulsion after the appeal shall be passed by at least three to one of the valid votes cast.

10. If the membership ends in the course of an association year, the annual contribution for the whole year must still be paid.

11. Ordinary members have the right of admission to all general meetings and all gatherings held by the association and have the right to cast votes. Honorary members are allowed to attend such meetings too, but do not have voting rights. Other individuals, for example a representative of the SID, JID, or JSID, may be invited to attend all, or part of, such meetings at the discretion of the Board. These individuals have no voting rights by virtue of said office.

Section 5


1. The Board shall consist of at least 13, and a maximum of 16 ordinary members. The number of members shall be determined by the Board. Only 3 members of the Board can have the same nationality. Nationality, in this context, shall be determined to relate to the country in which the university, hospital or institute with which the member is affiliated is situated.

2. The members of the Board shall be appointed by the membership of the association at the AGM. The membership is given the opportunity to submit to the Board, nominations for the appointment of members to the Board before January 31st of the year of the annual general meeting. Such nominations will comprise a curriculum vitae of the individual proposed, outlining their publication record, their contribution to research and scholarship, and a summary of the contributions they hope they can make to the ESDR. As well as the names of 2 sponsors, and supporting statements from sponsors, such applicants should list their attendance and previous contributions to the ESDR (for example: membership of committees such as the PR or program committee; chairing sessions; organising mini symposium; judging abstracts; papers and posters presented at previous ESDR meetings).

3. The Board will recommend to the membership, candidates from the nomination list for Board membership. This recommendation will be circulated, with full supporting statements from candidates and sponsors at least one month prior to the annual general meeting. In making recommendations of specific candidates from the nomination list, the Board shall choose based on the following principles:

A balance between the various European nationalities represented in the association and the Nationality criteria for Board membership

Scientific criteria

Attendance and participation at previous ESDR meetings.

Scientific activity as a principal investigator.

Commitment to the ideals of the ESDR.

Perceived administrative competence.

4. The recommendations of the Board for membership of the Board will be circulated with the agenda for the AGM. At the AGM, when the Board proposal is to be discussed, Board candidates will withdraw from the room, and the Board will present the reasons behind their recommendation. The AGM will be asked to vote on whether to accept or decline the Boards recommendation, with a simple majority vote of those present at the AGM. Such voting shall be by a show of hands or, if requested, by a written ballot of the members present.

If a simple majority does not vote in favour of the Board’s recommendation, then voting shall take place using a simple majority vote for the individuals nominated with those, subject to nationality criteria, obtaining the most votes being elected to the Board. If the nationality criteria requires that not all candidates of the same nationality can be elected, then those with the least votes of that nationality will not be accepted to the Board and, the individual(s) who fulfil the nationality criteria further down the voting list, will be elected.

5. The term of office of a Board member should normally be five years although, exceptionally, in the case of the members of the Executive Committee (President, Secretary-Treasurer, President-elect), the term of office as a Board member may be extended subject to approval from the AGM. Retiring members will not be eligible for immediate re-election.

The President will remain connected to the Board for a period of one year as a past President, and he or she will be invited to the Board but without voting rights. Board members may only be elected from ordinary members.

6. In the event of intermediate vacancy(ies), such vacancy(ies) shall be filled in the following general meeting of members, unless the number of acting members of the Board is less than five, in which case a general meeting of members shall be held as soon as possible in order to fill the vacancy(ies). The fact that there are vacancies does not disqualify the Board from passing resolutions.

7. The member of the Board who has been appointed intermediately, shall resign when the person in whose place he was appointed would have resigned according to the roster.

8. Members of the Board who, in the opinion of the Board, act contrary to the interests of the association can be dismissed from office by the Board and shall have the right to appeal to the general meeting of members. The general meeting of members can suspend or dismiss one or more members of the Board at any time. A suspension that is not followed by a resolution for dismissal within three months, shall end by the expiration of that term. Board membership shall, in any case, terminate when membership of the association terminates.

Section 6


The Board is in charge of the entire management of the association and is entitled to perform all duties not reserved to the general meeting of members. Subject to the approval of the general meeting, the Board can conclude contracts for purchasing, alienating or encumbering registered goods, conclude contracts by which the association engages itself as surety, or as a severally liable co-debtor, and answer for or act as a security for a debt of a third party. If such approval is lacking, this can be invoked by or towards third parties.

Where there is a change in timetable of the annual scientific meeting, due to circumstances outwith the sole control of the association, such as the International Investigative Dermatology meetings, the Board reserves the right to re-timetable all association events and deadlines within the said year. Such changes shall be notified in advance to the membership at either the preceding AGM or by direct communication to members.

Section 7


The Board shall meet whenever the Executive Committee deems desirable or when two other members of the Board lodge a formal request to the President. Board members will be expected to attend all meetings of the Board. Failure to attend two consecutive Board meetings, unless there were overriding personal reasons for such absence, will attract censure from other Board members and, the individual concerned, should consider whether to resign from the Board. Other individuals, for example a representative of the SID, or the JID editorial team may, at the discretion of the Board, be invited to attend all, or part of, such meetings of the Board, but shall have no voting rights. The meetings of the Board shall be held at a place determined by the Executive Committee. The meetings shall be convened by the Secretary-Treasurer.

The convening notices for the meeting of the Board will be sent not later than four weeks before the meeting.

Electronic communication (email / Internet) will be used as the primary means of communication. It is the responsibility of each member to ensure the ESDR office is kept up to date with member’s electronic address, and to be aware that the association uses the ESDR website to communicate with members.

Board members who cannot attend a meeting, may vote by speaking directly with the President or Secretary-Treasurer, and therefore be represented by such method.

Resolutions shall only be passed in meetings of the Board if at least two-thirds of the members of the Board are present or represented at the meeting.

The Board shall pass resolutions by an absolute majority of votes. If the votes tie, the proposal concerned shall again be put to the vote at the end of the meeting. If the votes tie again, the President shall have the casting vote.

Votes on persons and matters shall be cast by word of mouth, unless one of the members of the Board wishes the votes to be cast in writing.

Minutes of the proceedings at the meetings of the Board shall be recorded by the Secretary-Treasurer or his deputy and shall be confirmed and signed by the President of the meeting and by the person who has recorded the minutes.

Section 8


The Board will appoint a President and a Secretary-Treasurer from its number. Every year the Board shall also designate a President-elect and every three years a Secretary-Treasurer-elect. The President will always hold office as such during 1 year and cannot be re-designated as President immediately upon expiry of said period. The Secretary-Treasurer will be expected to hold office during a period of at least three years.

The President, the President-elect and the Secretary-Treasurer will constitute the Executive Committee; in addition, co-opting of individual Board members as members of the Executive Committee will be possible if appropriate.

The Executive Committee shall conduct the daily course of affairs of the association, represent it in and out of court and be entitled to perform all acts of management and disposal relating to the objectives of the association.

The convening notices for a meeting of the Executive Committee shall be sent not later than the seventh day before the meeting.

The Executive Committee will have the power to appoint individuals or subcommittees from among the ordinary or honorary membership to undertake specific administrative duties. Such individuals or subcommittees will be responsible to, and report to, the Executive Committee via the Secretary-Treasurer.

Section 9


The office of the ESDR will hold archives of the activities of the association under supervision of the Secretary-Treasurer.

A record of all meetings and clinically oriented symposia and copies of newsletters etc should be maintained by the office.

The Secretary-Treasurer will assure that copies of all minutes and reports are archived by the office.

Section 10


The official year of the association runs from the first of January up to and including the thirty-first of December.

After the end of every official association year the Executive Committee shall draw up a balance sheet and a statement of accounts, also containing a list of assets and liabilities, which shall be submitted to the Board for approval not later than the thirty-first of March of the following official association year.

The Board may appoint an accountant who shall audit the accounting records and report on the financial statements to the Board.

If no accountant audits the accounts, the annual general meeting of members shall annually appoint from the members a committee of at least two persons, who may not form part of the Board. The Committee shall examine the annual statement of accounts of the Board and report its findings to the general meeting. If the examination of the statement of accounts requires special knowledge of book-keeping, the examining committee may have assistance from an expert.  The Board is obliged to give the committee all desired information and to allow it to inspect the accounts and files of the association. The charge of the committee can be withdrawn at any time by the general meeting but only by appointing another committee.

Adoption by the general meeting of members of the balance sheet and the rendering of accounts shall release the Board from liability for the management conducted by that Board.

The Board is obligated to keep the files referred to in clause 2 during a period of ten years.

Section 11


A general meeting of members shall be held not later than the month of October, in which:

the Executive Committee shall report on the course of affairs of the association in the past association year;

the balance sheet and rendering of accounts shall be submitted for approval;

the audit committee shall be appointed if it should be instituted pursuant to these articles of association;

new members shall be appointed according to section 4, clause 4;

new Board members shall be appointed according to section 5.

matters brought to the attention of the Board by the general membership will be discussed. Such matters for discussion must be submitted in writing to the Secretary-Treasurer at least two months before the general meeting of members. Such matters will be discussed at the discretion of the Board or will obligatorily be discussed if the matter for discussion is submitted in writing by at least one-tenth of the members.

2. General meetings of members shall be held whenever the Board deems desirable or when a request to that effect from at least one-fifth of the number of members has been received by the Secretary-Treasurer and the subjects to be discussed have been stated

If the Board fails to convene the meeting applied for by the members in accordance with the provisions in such a manner that this meeting can be held within twelve weeks after receipt of the request, the applicants themselves will be entitled to convene the meeting. It is assumed that such requests would only occur in extraordinary circumstances.

3. The general meetings shall be held in a location to be determined by the Board.

4. The convening notices for the meetings shall be sent by the Board to the electronic addresses of the members not later than one month prior to the day of the meeting. It is incumbent upon members to ensure that they notify their electronic addresses to the Board and that such addresses are currently operative.

5. The convening notices for the meetings shall list the subjects to be dealt with, and the necessary supporting information or source of such information.

6. In general meetings of members, every member will be permitted to cast one vote.

7. The resolutions of the AGM shall be passed by a simple majority of the valid votes cast. Assessment of the votes shall be by counting of a show of hands or, if requested, by written ballot of the members present. An individual member shall have the right to request a written ballot if there is any contention about the vote counting on the basis of a show of hands.

8. If voting is requested on a resolution, which has not been submitted in writing to the Secretary-Treasurer prior to the general meeting (to allow circulation of the proposals), the Board shall reserve the right to defer voting on such resolution to a future meeting.

9. Minutes of the proceedings in the general meetings of members shall be recorded by the Secretary-Treasurer. The minutes shall be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the President and by the person who has recorded the minutes.

10. In the event of tie of votes not concerned with the election of persons, the proposal shall once more be put to the vote at the end of the meeting.

11. In the event of an election of persons, abstentions and votes cast on persons who are not included in the nominations list shall be deemed null and void.



1. The Board shall determine the date, time and place where scientific meetings shall be held.

2. Scientific meetings are open to all on payment of the appropriate registration fee.

3. The Board shall organise gatherings, in which submitted papers will be brought up for discussion.

4. The Board shall appoint a programme committee charged with making a choice from submitted papers and advising the Board on the structure of the meeting. A programme committee chairman and chairman-elect will also be nominated.

5. Abstracts submitted for presentation shall be submitted in the requested form to the ESDR office. These shall then be made available to members of the programme committee. Abstract copies should not contain the names of the authors nor authors’ scientific institutions, nor should they seek to identify the individual researchers.

6. Scientific meetings organised by members may be eligible, subject to scrutiny of the scientific content and other considerations, for sponsorship by the association. Application for such sponsorship should be made in writing to the Secretary-Treasurer for consideration by Board.

Section 13


Subject to the approval of the general meeting of members, the Board, for supplementing and implementing these articles of association, can lay down further rules in by-laws, which may not contain any provisions contrary to the provisions of these articles of association and the law.

The by-laws may be amended or supplemented by the Board, subject to the approval of the general meeting of members.

Section 14


1. A resolution to amend the articles of the association can only be passed on the proposal of the Board, given at least one months notice, at an annual general meeting of members by a simple majority of the votes cast by the members present at the AGM.

2. A resolution to amend the articles of association shall be established by a notarial instrument.

Section 15

DISSOLUTION, LIQUIDATION A resolution to dissolve the association can only be passed by a general meeting of members on the proposal of the Board by a majority of at least three to one of the votes validly cast.

In the event of dissolution the association shall be liquidated by the Executive Committee.

The provisions of the articles of association shall remain in force as far as possible during the liquidation.

A liquidation surplus, if any, shall be put to such use as the general meeting of members shall determine on the proposal of the Board, together with the resolution to dissolve the association; failing the fixing of such use, the liquidators shall decide as to this.

03 December 2013 Published in Events

For one week in July 2013, 25 young scientists met in the vibrant city of Cologne, Germany to participate in the 4th EADV/ESDR Summer Research Workshop, on the subject of Mouse models in skin research. The course took place in the well-equipped genetics building with support of the SFB 829 and tuition provided by members of the research group of Carien Niessen.

The course, held in English, was aimed mainly at dermatology residents/trainees but also at PhD students and postdocs affiliated to dermatological research. This led to a colourful mix of participants from all over Europe with different educational backgrounds. The resulting variation in knowledge levels was successfully overcome by the excellent teaching skills of the presenters and hands-on training in the afternoon, where the tutors introduced the attendees to molecular and cell biology techniques necessary for the construction and use of mouse models in skin research.

Prior to the course the participants had to prepare either a presentation of their own research project or of an important recent publication. Each presentation was critically discussed afterwards. Some of the discussions were so lively that they had to be terminated and then continued in the lunch break together with the invited speakers or even at self-organized gatherings in the evenings.

In between the lectures and practical work sessions the participants sat together in organised groups and prepared draft articles for future publication in the JID which will explain several complex research techniques in a simple and tutorial manner. This proved to be both an extraordinary challenge and a fun experience for the participants, leading to intense thought and subsequent email exchanges.

The dinner towards the end of what was a truly intense week of work was of hearty German food and beer, and the accompanying laughter and discussion could not have reflected better the overall atmosphere of the course.

The experience of the week was valuable not only for the massive gains in knowledge by the attendees but also for the interactions, both personal and professional, between the young researchers, the tutors and the professors.

The entire group of participants would like to thank wholeheartedly Ildikó Papp (EADV) for her great organisational support, the invited speakers Leopold Eckhart, Tilo Biedermann, Alain Hovnanian, Cornelia Mauch, Thomas Krieg, Sabine Eming and Errol Prens for their exciting lectures and stimulating discussions and of course Carien Niessen and Nick Reynolds for their outstanding organisation and scientific guidance throughout the course.

Jana Knuever (Department of Dermatology, Cologne University, Germany) and Jeroen Bremer (Department of Dermatology, University Groningen, Netherlands)


09 July 2013 Published in Nontabbed

The 2013 ESDR Academy for Future Leaders in Dermatology took place in Florence, Italy from 17-19 October 2013. Following an application process, ESDR invited approximately 25 gifted young scientists from dermatological departments in Europe. This meeting followed the very successful academies held in Cascais (2011) and Barcelona (2012).

The meeting brought together renowned scientists from dermatology and basic science with the brightest young dermatologists working in the field over the past year. All attendees gave oral presentations and poster presentations of their work and there were lectures by invited scientists (experts in the field) that complemented these presentations. For 2013 the general topic was "Challenges in Skin Biology".

The goal of the Academy is to foster excellence in academic dermatology and to encourage young gifted dermatologists to further pursue their academic careers through guidance and mentoring of established scientists. Besides scientific sessions, there is a strong emphasis on encouraging young people to network and to exchange ideas.

The 2013 ESDR Academy for Future Leaders in Dermatology was supported by Celgene, Pfizer and Roche Germany. We thank these companies for their continued support of our educational programs.


Thursday 17 October 2013






Lunch on site


Welcome + “getting to know one another” + 2-min self-presentation of all invited participants
Alexander Enk (Germany)


Invited Lecture 1
Basement membranes and Skin Fragility: The Path from Biochemistry to Systems Approaches
Leena Bruckner-Tuderman (Germany)


Coffee Break, “Meet your Mentor”, Poster Viewing


Invited Lecture 2
Skin Cancer: The Celt and the Fox
Eugene Healy (UK)



Oral presentations from participants (4)
15 minutes plus 5 minutes discussion per presentation

Role of IL-17 in the Pathogenesis of Psoriasis
Andrea Chiricozzi (Italy)

Epigenetics in Lymphoma and Epithelial Tumors
Franziska Eberle (Germany)

PTH/PTHrP and Vitamin D Control Cathelicidin Antimicrobial Peptide Expression in Skin Innate Immune Defense
Beda Mühleisen (Switzerland)

Regulation of expression of the chemokine-scavenging receptor D6 by microRNAs
Kave Shams (UK)


Invited Lecture 3
Spatiotemporal Regulation of Epidermal Stem Cells in Health and Disease
Salvador Aznar-Benitah (Spain)


Oral presentations from participants (4)
15 minutes plus 5 minutes discussion per presentation

Immune Complexes Recruit slanDCs and NK Cells to the Vascular Interface
Thomas Döbel (Germany)

Persistence of Identical Desmoglein 3-specific B Cell Clones in Pemphigus Vulgaris Patients

Christoph Hammers (Germany)

Small Animal Models for Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa - Key to Understanding Pathomechanisms and Developing Molecular Therapies

Johannes Kern (Germany)

Investigations of Molecular Mechanisms Underpinning Human Langerhans Cell Function
Marta Polak (UK)


Poster Viewing



Friday 18 October 2013


Invited Lecture 4
From Ivory Tower Research to Immunotherapies for Cancer and Psoriasis
Martin Röcken (Germany)


Invited Lecture 5
My international Immunodermatology Experience
Michael Hertl (Germany)


Oral presentations from participants (4)
15 minutes plus 5 minutes discussion per presentation

Langerhans Cell-Selective Deletion of EpCAM (CD326) Attenuates Langerhans Cell Motility and Migration in vivo and Enhances Contact Hypersensitivity Reactions
Maria Gaiser (Germany)

Modelling Melanoma Metastasis using 3D Organotypic Skin Equivalents and Zebra Fish Xenografts
David Hill (UK)

Wound Associated Macrophages: Functions, Phenotypes and Behaviours
Mathieu Rodero (France)

A Small Molecule Based Therapy for Autosomal Dominant EBS-DM
Verena Wally (Austria)


Coffee Break and Poster Viewing


Invited Lecture 6
Protease and protease inhibitors in the skin: pathways, models and diseases
Alain Hovnanian (France)


Oral presentations from participants (4)
15 minutes plus 5 minutes discussion per presentation

How to Identify the Individual Psoriasis and Therapeutic Response?
Ewout Baerveldt (The Netherlands)

Immunotherapeutic Strategies in Patients with Skin Diseases

Caroline Bosch-Voskens (Germany)

Distinguishing Ichthyoses by Protein Profiling
Robert Gruber (Austria)

The Role of microRNAs in Psoriasis and Skin Wound Healing
Ning Xu (Sweden)




Invited Lecture 7
Proteolytic Control of Wound Repair and Tumor Invasion
Veli-Matti  Kähäri (Finland)


Invited Lecture 8
The Oil Staining Of My Research Activity
Mauro Picardo (Italy)


Oral presentations from participants (4)
15 minutes plus 5 minutes discussion per presentation

Prevalence of Actinic Keratosis, its Risk Factors and Association with Skin Cancer in an Elderly Population: The Rotterdam Study
Sophie Flohil (The Netherlands)

Cellular Senescence in Melanoma Development and Therapy
Sebastian Haferkamp (Germany)

Revertant Mosaicism: Discovery & Recovery
Marjon Pasmooij (The Netherlands)

Immune Response to Immunotherapy in Mice and Man
Julia Tietze (Germany)



Saturday 19 October 2013




Invited Lecture 9
A journey through Translation
Nick Reynolds (UK)


Invited Lecture 10
Primary Cutaneous Large B-cell Lymphoma
Maarten Vermeer (The Netherlands)


Oral presentations from participants (4)
15 minutes plus 5 minutes discussion per presentation

EphB2 Receptor Modulates Gene Expression Signature Involved in Migration and Invasion of Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Mehdi Farshchian (Finland)

RNA Trans-Splicing as a Tool for Treatment of Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa
Eva Murauer (Austria)

Autoimmunity in Non Segmental Vitiligo
Julien Seneschal (France)
Your Skin is 3D: So Why is Your Cell Culture Not?
Ellen van den Bogaard (The Netherlands)


Invited Lecture 11
From Bedside to the Bench and Back: My Path in Dermatology
Michel Gilliet (Switzerland)


Coffee Break and Poster Viewing


Invited Lecture 12
Harnessing Serendipity
Matthias Schmuth (Austria)


Meeting Digest and Outlook
Alexander Enk (Heidelberg)


Lunch and individual departures


27 January 2014 Published in News

2013 Winners Announced

Each year the LEO Pharma Research Foundation (LPRF) selects two promising scientists from the global scientific community with the aim of supporting significant advances in scientific research worldwide. The winners have been chosen based on their scientific achievements and potential to become leaders in their fields. In 2013 the selection of candidates was made in association with the ESDR.

Gold award

The DKK 1,000,000 gold award goes to Onur Boyman, Professor, Dr. med., Senior Consultant Physician and Head of Laboratory at the Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Zurich.

Professor Boyman’s research focuses on the function of T cell subsets and different cytokines in the pathogenesis of psoriasis and other immune-mediated diseases and the treatment of melanoma. His research has led to new insights into the role of skin-resident T cells and cytokines during the development of a psoriasis lesion. Also, he has developed a technique based on cytokine-antibody complexes that specifically stimulate individual T cell subsets. This method shows great promise both as a potential treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases and as a potential cancer therapy.

Silver award

The DKK 500,000 silver award goes to Muzlifah Haniffa, Wellcome Trust Clinical Intermediate Fellow in Dermatology at the Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University, UK.

Dr. Haniffa’s research focuses on dendritic cells; a type of white blood cells also present in the skin that are important in regulating immune responses against microorganisms, cancer and tolerance to self proteins. Her research has highlighted specific types of dendritic cells that can be exploited to enhance vaccination strategies against cancer, such as melanoma, and infections.

18 October 2012 Published in Nontabbed


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Requirements for Joining ESDR

Applications are taken throughout the year from individuals working in the dermatology area. Several membership categories are available from Student/Resident to Standard and Patron Memberships. Members of the JSID or SID can benefit from reduced annual meeting fees by joining the ESDR as "Joint Members".

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