XX Master Class On Vitiligo in Rome, December 2016
This Master Class was held together with the 2nd Winter Consensus Conference On Dermatology. We have reviewed the progress during past four years since the first conference that was held in Kitzbuhel in 2012, the latest progress in vitiligo, and also dermatological disabilities, national reports on the quality of life in different countries. We discussed a common action at the United Nations for the benefit of all dermatological societies and set up new development goals and projects.
THEME: Working Towards Common Actions at the United Nations
I am writing to invite you to The Eternal City - Rome - to attend, and present at, the second Winter Consensus Conference of Dermatology.
This is being organized by the World Health Academy Of Dermatology and, as an expert in the field, your insights and opinions will be of huge value to your colleagues from across the world.
We want to build on the success of the first conference, which was held in Kitzbühel in 2012 and attended by the leaders of all major dermatological societies and Nobel Laureates. You can read more about it here but, in short, we committed ourselves to improving patient outcomes in vitiligo and pigmentary disorders.
Since then there has been unprecedented progress in this once neglected area of dermatology:
Around fifty peer-reviewed papers are now published on this subject quarterly, increasing our understanding of the disease. The pharmaceutical pipeline went from totally dry to a healthy stream of candidates, whilst World Vitiligo Day – a grassroots campaign – is celebrated by millions each year. World Vitiligo Day 2016 was marked by (amongst many other events) a massive rally at the steps of Capitol in Washington DC.
Not all these achievements are directly connected to us, and a lot of work remains to be done by national organizations. However, our collective resolve has undoubtedly improved patient outcomes and quality of life for the many millions of vitiligo sufferers.
It’s an achievement to be proud of, but we now have a new goal - to increase the profile of vitiligo at the United Nations.
Our colleagues at the non-profit VR Foundation have recently secured a consultative membership with the UN committee of economic and social development (ECOSOC). This is a significant achievement as it puts our common concerns, needs and suggestions on the UN agenda.
We must make sure the UN hears and acts on our recommendations.
By attending and presenting at the forthcoming conference, you will contribute massively to our efforts in this regard. I do hope you can help us.
I guarantee you stimulating discussion and a chance to learn from other experts in the field. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.
Of course, there is also time for socializing – this is Italy! In the evening, I invite you to a cocktail reception where you can relax with colleagues and friends over a drink.
To recap – the Winter Consensus Conference of Dermatology will be held at the Aula Magna of the University of Rome G. Marconi, just a few of blocks away from the Vatican, between 10am and 5pm on December 4, 2016. Registration and other details will soon be posted in this page, and you can also confirm your participation simply by sending us an email.
Please also email the subject of your 7-minute presentation before September 15, 2017. This should concern a healthcare, research or patient support topic that requires international collaboration and support from the UN.
RSVP as soon as you can, your attendance will help and enrich us all.
Prof. Dr. Torello Lotti MD, MD (Hon)
Professor & Chair of Dermatology
University of Rome “ G.Marconi”
President, World Health Academy Dermatology, Zurich (CH)
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