The 21st international annual conference of Egyptian Women’s Dermatologic Society (EWDS) 2012 entitled ‘Dermatology is our World’ had a very ambitious and unique program that allowed new insights into the pathophysiology of many skin diseases and effective clinical strategies for the treatment of such diseases.
It was inaugurated by Professor Zenab El-Gothamy, the founder and honorary president of the conference and society (Fig. 1). She delivered a wonderful speech demonstrating the goals of the society, its future vision, and different activities over 21 years. She introduced one of the most eminent guests this year, Professor Iltefat Hamzavi.
Professor Iltefat Hamzavi, Professor of Dermatology, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, USA, is one of the most eminent dermatologists worldwide (Fig. 2). He specializes in photodermatology and laser technology, and has performed thousands of laser procedures, working with all ethnic skin types. He is the first author of the most cited article on MD linx Feb 2012. He is the principal investigator for the Henry Ford team, awarded a grant by Estee Lauder to develop and evaluate studies in pigmentation, and he was selected by Best Doctors as one of the top 5% of US physicians in 2011.
Professor Hamzavi delivered two valuable presentations, where he discussed the most recent advances in vitiligo pathophysiology and treatment, and he also discussed the use of laser for follicular disorders.
The second eminent faculty in the EWDS 2012 international conference was Professor Marguerite Krasovec (Fig. 3). She is the managing director of Dermatology and Cosmetology Clinic Dermapraxis Schlieren-Zurich. Parallely, Dr Krasovec is consultant of Dermatology at the Hospital Limmattal in Schlieren. She founded the Swiss Derma Center in Hurghada, specializing in climatotherapy for psoriasis. Her special interests are in psoriasis, skin tumors, and cosmetic dermatology. She made a presentation on how to build up a cosmetology practice, where she demonstrated important clinical and practical clues that are of utmost importance for the initiation and maintenance of this field. She discussed clinical presentations of different skin cancers under the title ‘Skin cancer 2012’ (Fig. 4).
One of the most eminent guests in 2012 was Professor Ashraf Badawi, associate professor at the National Institute of Laser Enhanced Sciences, Cairo University, Egypt, and at Szeged University, Hungary. During his career, Dr Badawi has actively participated in more than 100 International Dermatology conferences with lectures and workshops. He is a member of the executive committee of the European Society of Cosmetic and Aesthetic Dermatology (ESCAD) and Board of Directors of the World Academy of Laser Application (WALA). He is also a member of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV), the European Society of Laser Dermatology (ESLD), the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), and the American Society for Laser in Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS). He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the World Congress and Antiaging Medicine and MediSpa. He discussed dysmorphophobia in cosmetic dermatology and fractional radiofrequency with microneedling. He presented the results of this new technique for the treatment of acne scars and photorejuvenation and discussed whether this technique will be replacing fractional laser (Fig. 5).
The conference included eight different workshops presented by eminent dermatology and plastic surgery professors. These included dermoscopic applications in clinical practice, carboxytherapy, combined techniques for facial rejuvenation, lipofilling, periorbital rejuvenation, laser-assisted lipolysis, chin and scar repair, chemical peeling, and advances in laser applications.
The attendees (Fig. 6) found the workshops and lectures valuable and found that they may have a significant impact on the progress of their clinical practice.
The conference was followed by a 4-day Nile cruise between Luxor and Aswan, where scientific interactive sessions were conducted in a relaxing atmosphere.
The cruise stopped at different important touristic stations at Luxor, Idfu, Kum Ombo (Fig. 7), and Aswan, where tour-guided visits were found to be very interesting by most of the attendees. During the trip from Luxor to Aswan, three important interactive sessions were conducted on 3 successive days. Professor Hamzavi moderated a session on future perspectives for laser applications. Discussion extended to include Professor Hamzavi’s experience not only in laser application but also in vitiligo management. Professor El-Gothamy discussed her vast experience in the treatment of hyperpigmentation, where she presented important clues for proper management (Fig. 8). Skin rejuvenation techniques were discussed by Professor Eman Sanad, Professor May El-Samahy, and Professor Nayera Moftah.
Secretary General of the Egyptian Women's Dermatologic Society (EWDS) and EWDS 2012 conference, Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt