The 19th International Annual Conference of the Egyptian Women's Dermatologic Society (EWDS) was held on 15th–16th December 2010 at the Fairmont Towers Hotel, Cairo, Egypt. The scientific sector of the French Embassy contributed through the French–Egyptian Year of Science and Technology in the organization of the conference.
The conference offered extensive interaction and advanced training in the field of Dermatology and Esthetic Medicine. It was inaugurated by Prof. Hatem El-Gabaly, Minister of Health; Prof. Ahmed Zaki Badr, Minister of Education; and Prof. Maged El Deeb, President of Ain Shams University (Egypt). They discussed ‘The future vision of health and education’. They proposed different solutions taking into consideration the role of different nongovernmental national societies together with the citizens to raise the standards of living, health, and education. They stressed that proper health and adequate education are the key points to create good citizens.
Workshops on different levels for dermatopathology, mesotherapy, needling, chemical peeing, and upper, mid, and lower face rejuvenation were conducted. In addition, scientific talks were presented by the eminent professors of our national and international guests. The conference was accredited by the British Academy for Continuing Medical Education with 19÷ points. The conference was a scientific, social, and intellectual event.
Guest speakers from different countries were invited to participate in the different workshops and sessions. Prof. Gunter Burg from Switzerland was one of EWDS guest speakers. He was the dean of the University Medical School in Zürich. In addition to his clinical and scientific emphasis on dermatooncology and dermatopathology, he is also interested in teaching and continuing medical education with modern media sources (e-learning), as well as the history of dermatology. He has published over 700 peer-reviewed articles and has edited more than 30 books, including the WHO book on ‘Tumors of the Skin’, two ‘Lymphoma’ books, and one book on ‘Telemedicine’. He is the Editor-in-Chief of a web-based interactive dermatology-training program (www.swisdom.org). He presented two lectures: ‘From mushrooms to lymphomas: The geneology of lymphoproliferative disorders in the skin’ and ‘Teaching and training in dermatology: Past and future’.
Prof. Brigitte Dréno, from France, was one of the guest speakers. Brigitte Dréno is the Head of the Department of Dermatology and Skin Cancer at the University Hospital of Nantes, France. Prof. Dréno's interests lie in understanding genetic, biochemical, and immunological abnormalities associated with skin cancers and in improving the treatment and prevention of skin cancer. She received an award ‘Victoire de la Médecine’ in 2005. She has served as an expert for the European Commission on Quality of Life and Biotechnology as well as for the French Health National Agency. She was the president of the French Society of Dermatology for 2 years. She is an international expert in the field of acne, melanoma, and vaccination cell therapy. She presented two lectures: ‘From theory to practice: Acne pathophysiology and drug targeting’ and ‘Female acne: Where we are?’
Prof. Gabriella Fabbrocini from Italy was one of the EWDS guests. Prof. Gabriella is a Professor at the Division of Dermatology and Venereology, Department of Systematic Diseases, Naples University ‘Federico II’. She is the author of 135 publications published in national and international journals. She is the author of a textbook ‘Statistica Medica: Guida multimediale alla metologia statistica in Medicina’. She is the author of two monographies, regarding both diagnosis and dermatological therapies, and of a textbook for students. She has presented 228 papers of which 109 were at International Congress and 119 at National Meetings. She presented a talk ‘Different protocols in acne management and therapy’ in this conference.
Prof. Ashraf Reda is a consultant dermatologist (Welcare Hospital, Dubai, UAE). He is a Professor of Dermatology and Venereology, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University. Prof. Ashraf conducted a workshop ‘The role of dermatopathology in cosmetic dermatology’ and presented a lecture ‘Pediatric Dermatology: Evidence-based topical management’.
Prof. Vincent Descamps is a Professor of Dermatology at the Department of Dermatology of Bichat Claude Bernard Hospital, Paris. His interests are in pathophysiology and in developmental therapeutics in cutaneous viral infections (human papillomavirus, herpesvirus), skin cancers (melanoma, cutaneous carcinoma), cutaneous drug adverse reactions, alopecia, and psoriasis. He studied virology at Pasteur Institute (Paris) and worked on gene therapy using adenoviral vector in Institut Gustave Roussy (Villejuif). He is particularly interested in Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS), which he presented in our EWDS conference. This drug adverse reaction is a severe drug-induced reaction that may be life threatening. Its severity is directly related to systemic manifestations (hepatitis, renal failure, pneumonitis, encephalitis). His group and others have demonstrated its association with human herpes virus 6 reactivation. They considered that this virus and the antiviral immune response are mainly responsible for the systemic manifestations. DRESS may be considered as a systemic immune reaction against drug-induced viral reactivation. It may be a good model for viral reactivation observed in transplant recipients.
Dr. Brigitte Balme, from France, is among our guests. She is the Head of the Dermatopathology Unit Center, Hospitalier Lyon Sud, Lyon, France. She is the regional consultant in cutaneous lymphoma. She conducted a workshop on ‘clinicopathologic correlations’ and presented a talk on ‘cutaneous lymphoma’.
Dr. Helene Flacher from France participated in the EWDS conference. Her special interest is cosmetic dermatology and laser. She worked in Hospitalier Lyon Sud until 2010 and now works in her private cabinet of dermatosurgery. She conducted a workshop in ‘Mesotherapy’ and presented her talk in ‘Chemical peeling: updates’.