I Vitiligo Master Class, Spain (2011)

VR Foundation held its first Master-Class on Vitiligo and Pigmentary Disorders in Barcelona, Spain on November 2-5, 2011. 35 delegates from 26 countries attended, mostly from Europe, some from Eastern Europe, and as far away as Tanzania and the United States.

The welcoming plenary was opened by VRF Chair of the Board Prof. Torello Lotti, then delegates from national dermatological associations focused on formal classes and case presentations prepared by participants. The Master Class was facilitated by Prof. Jana Hercogova, the President-Elect of the EADV, who introduced materials to guide the discussions, and encouraged interaction between delegates to discuss issues and ideas.

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Barcelona, Spain. 2-5 November 2011

Grant Award Announcement

You may find the presentation here.

Letter from the President

Dear Colleagues,

In today's competitive world of Dermatology, education and continuous training are the key to success and employability.

Pigmentary Disorders of the skin are seen very often by the Dermatologists and not always properly diagnosed and treated. Training supported and funded by the VRF provides you with the competitive edge because of its strong clinical-practical orientation in the field of Pigmentary Disorders of the Skin.

Following this residential interactive meeting funded by the VRF, the attendees will be able to :

  • understand the biology of human melanocytes;
  • develop a strategy to diagnose all clinical forms of vitiligo and related disorders and the other common ( benign and malignant ) pigmentary disorders;
  • identify the most rational and well accepted conventional and innovative therapies for treating both the symptoms and the signs of the pigmentary disorder and the self-esteem decline of the sufferers.

A special session for discussing the most paradigmatic clinical cases presented by the same attendees has been included in the scientific program. Residents and practicing dermatologists will be encouraged to actively engage in the discussion at each and every stages of the workshop.

Each Scientific Community of all European Countries is entitled to appoint one resident or young practicing dermatologist as participant to the School in agreement with the National Dermatological Society. The VR Foundation offers to 50 appointed European Dermatology Residents free tuition, free hotel accommodation in a comfortable double room with breakfast, free lunchbox during the breaks, it also provides compensation of up to €250 in travel expenses and absorbs registration fee.

Moreover, the most brilliant participant in the research field and clinical cases presentation, will be selected to receive a stipend of USD 12.000,00 for 2012, to encourage an active participation in the program.

Prof. Dr. Torello Lotti, MD
Chair of the Board, VR Foundation


Prof. Augustin Alomar (Spain)
Prof. Jana Hercogova (Czech Republic)
Prof. Torello Lotti (Italy)
Dr. Yan Valle (Canada).

Participants: Residents of Dermato-venereology of all European Countries
November 2nd, 2011 (Wednesday)

18:00-18:30 Presentation of the VR Foundation
18:30-19:00 Presentation of the participants
19:00-19:30 Master Class vision and mission
19:30 Welcome cocktail and dinner

November 3rd, 2011 (Thursday)

Skin pigmentation: basic principles
8:30-9:00 Case presentations
9:00-9:45 Biology of melanocyte
9:45-10:30 Patophysiology of melanocytes
10:30-10:45 coffee break
10:45-11:30 Color of the skin
11:30-12:15 Quality of life in pigmentary skin disorders
12:15-13:00 Case presentations
13:00-15:00 Lunch

Vitiligo: part I
15:00-15:45 Epidemiology, pathophysiology
15:45-16:30 Clinical presentation and classification
16:30-17:15 Differential diagnosis of hypomelanoses
17:15-17:30 coffee break
17:30-19:00 Case presentations
21:00 Dinner

November 4th, 2011 (Friday)

Vitiligo: part II
8:30-9:00 Case presentations
9:00-9:45 Medical treatments
9:45-10:30 Surgical treatments
10:30 coffee break
10:45-11:30 Physical treatments
11:30-12:15 Combination therapy
12:15-13:00 Case presentations
13:00-15:00 lunch

15:00-15:45 Melasma – epidemiology, classification, pathophysiology
15:45-16:30 Melasma differential diagnosis
16:30-16:45 coffee break
16:45-17:30 Melasma and hypermelanoses medical treatments
17:30-18:15 Melasma and hypermelanoses physical treatments and combination therapy
18:15-18:00 Case presentations
21:00 dinner

November 5th, 2011 (Saturday)

Naevi and melanoma
8:30-9:00 Case presentations
9:00-9:45 Melanocytic naevi
9:45-10:30 Melanoma – epidemiology, etiopathogenesis and prevention
10:30-10:45 coffee break
10:45-11:30 Diagnosis – clinical and instrumental
11:30-12:15 Therapeutic approach to melanoma
12:15-13:00 Controversies in melanoma
13:00 Closing ceremony and participations certificates
13:30 Farewell lunch

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