Looking at the skin in the digital age

Scientific program

Luc Thomas (FRANCE)
Dermoscopy and digital dermoscopy in early detection of skin cancer: advantages and limits
Luc Thomas, MD, PhD, was board certified in dermatology in 1989 at Lyon 1 University. He was trained as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School in 1990 and 1991, and obtained his PhD degree at Lyon 1 University in 1993. He became full professor of dermatology in 1996, first class professor in dermatology in 2009, and chairman of the department of dermatology of Lyon 1 University - Centre Hospitalier Lyon Sud in 2003. He obtained his board certification in clinical oncology in 2013. His main research fields include skin oncology, early diagnosis of melanoma, dermoscopy, skin surgery and nail diseases. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific articles in international journals, is the co-editor of four books published in several languages and co-author of more than 25 books. He has lectured at many international meetings, is an associate editor of Dermatology, a member of the board of the International Dermoscopy Society, a past member of the board and treasurer of the French Society of Dermatology from 2000 to 2003, and treasurer of the World Congress of Dermatology in Paris in 2002.
Susana Puig (SPAIN)
Diagnostic tools in the follow-up of high risk skin cancer patients
Susana Puig is the Chief of the Dermatology Department of the Hospital Clinic and professor at the University of Barcelona. She is the director of the research program "Melanoma: Imaging, genetic and immunology" at the Biomedical Research Institute August Pi I Sunyer (IDIBAPS). Special research areas are melanoma and skin cancer focusing in different aspects and their clinical applications including imaging techniques for the in vivo non-invasive diagnosis (dermoscopy, confocal microscopy, etc), skin cancer susceptibility, carcinogenesis, genetics of melanoma, melanoma immunology and therapy. She is devoted to teach all over the world to translate to patient’s care innovation performed in melanoma and skin cancer research. She has published more than 240 indexed papers, editor of several books and contributed with more than 30 book chapters. She is active member of international consortiums as GenoMel, BioGenomel, M-skip and MelaNostrum dealing with melanomas genetics. She is Board member of the International Dermoscopy Society, the Confocal Working Group and the International Teledermatology Society dedicated to imaging innovation and she is also member of the steering committee of the EORTC Melanoma group.
Josep Malvehy (SPAIN)
Monitoring for actinic keratosis // Diagnostic in Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
Dr Josep Malvehy graduated in 1992 at the Medicine University of Barcelona in Spain and obtained his diploma in Dermatology and Venereology in 1996 and the doctoral degree of the University of Barcelona in genetics and diagnostics of skin cancer in 2006. He is a consultant dermatologist at the Dermatology Department and director of the Melanoma Unit at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona since 2003. He is consultant of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York (US) since 2013 and the leader of the “Technology group” of the International Skin Imaging Collaboration Group. The main field of expertise is skin tumours with main interest in diagnosis and treatment of malignant neoplasms of the skin, non-invasive techniques of skin cancer diagnosis (dermoscopy, digital follow-up, confocal Microscopy, OCT, HD-OCT, impedanciometry, spectroscopy), genetics of melanoma, skin cancer susceptibility, skin carcinogenesis and teledermatology. He is author of more than 250 scientific publications in international journals, main editor of 3 books in diagnostics of skin cancer and author of more than 30 book chapters. Dr Josep Malvehy is or has been the main investigator of competitive research projects and principal investigator of several medical trials in diagnostics and treatment of skin cancer. He is elected member of the Royal Academy of Doctors (RAD) and board member of the World Melanoma Society, European Association of Dermato Oncology (EADO), International Dermoscopy Society (IDS), International Group of Confocal Microscopy (IGCM) and the International Teledermatology Society (ITS).
David Moreno-Ramírez (SPAIN)
Teledermatology for skin cancer patients’ management
David Moreno-Ramírez, PhD, is the present Head of the Medical-Surgical Dermatology and Venereology Unit at the Hospital Universitario Virgen Macarena (Seville-Spain). The main clinical and research topics since his dermatology certification in 2003 have been the application of communication technologies to dermatologic care delivery, oncologic surgery of malignant melanoma, dermoscopy, epidemiology of skin cancer, and psoriasis. Telemedicine projects conducted have been supported by official competitive grants and public-health care institutional programs. These projects have given rise to an outstanding scientific output, and even the intellectual property registry has been achieved for some of the technologies developed. In the field of melanoma Dr Moreno-Ramírez heads a referential unit on the medical-&-surgical treatment of advanced malignant melanoma, and he has also coordinated studies on epidemiology of malignant melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. The interest in public health and health management led him to be appointed as Medical Director and Deputy Managing Director of the Hospital Universitario Virgen Macarena between 2011-2015. Dr Moreno-Ramírez is a board member of the European Association of Dermato Oncology, and the International Society of Teledermatology. Since 2014 is the editor of the medical education program Actas Dermosifiliograficas, the official scientific journal of the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.
Antoine Bohuon (FRANCE)
Digital transformation in dermatology
Antoine Bohuon, Co-founder & CEO @ Epiderm.co, Rennes, France Antoine is a self-taught entrepreneur who has worked in several areas before turning to the digital transformation in healthcare. Antoine created Epiderm with Dr Elisabeth Berrissoul, dermatologist to improve access to cares in dermatology. Already 11 Dermatologists around the world are working on Epiderm and more than 8,500 patient are using the service. Antoine is actually focused on « User Experience » improvement on the product. His mindset while creating new services « Move forward, make mistakes, learn, change and then repeat ».
Giovanni Pellacani (ITALY)
Clinical applications of Confocal Microscopy
He graduated in Medicine at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in July 1995, magna cum laude. He completed School of Specialization in Dermatology in November 1999. Since 1995 he practice research mainly in the field of cutaneous physiopathology, skin bio-engineering, non invasive diagnosis in dermato-oncology, paying particular attention at the study of melanoma and pigmented skin lesions, their early identification by means of dermoscopy in combination with system for image analysis and automated diagnosis, and in vivo reflectance-mode confocal scanning laser microscopy for the study of cytological and architectural aspects of skin tumours, in correlation with dermoscopy and histopathology. So far, Giovanni Pellacani published over 200 papers, including over 180 articles present in the “Science Citation Index” with an overall Impact Factor of over 500 points (H-index=41), 20 book chapters and over 200 abstracts in national and international congresses and conferences.
Eric Tkaczyk (USA)
Innovations and Developments in Noninvasive Optical Imaging
Dr Tkaczyk is a physician-scientist with research interests in biophotonics for diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases. He graduated summa cum laude with degrees in mathematics and electrical engineering from Purdue University, where he was a Beering Presidential Scholar. He then completed a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Michigan Center for Ultrafast Optical Science under the mentorship of Director Ted Norris, winning several research awards including the best paper award from the International Biomedical Optics Society at Photonics West and also first prize at the IEEE International Summer School and Symposium on Medical Devices and Biosensors. He subsequently earned an M.D. with honors from the University of Michigan Medical School and went on to do medical device design post-doctoral work in the European Union at the University of Tartu, Estonia, supported by Fulbright and Whitaker awards. This work culminated with a prize awarded by both the US Ambassador to Estonia and the Estonian Speaker of Parliament at the Estonian-American Innovation Award ceremony. He joined the faculty of the University of Tartu Medical School, where he developed a course in biomedical optics, and spearheaded an international regenerative medicine collaboration. He subsequently completed dermatology residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he is Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Director of the Cutaneous Imaging Clinic.
Ana Beatris Rossi (FRANCE)
Non-invasive imaging evaluation of dermo-cosmetics
Dr Ana Beatris Rossi is a French /Brazilian dermatologist with 27 years of experience practicing dermatology and 17 years’ experience performing clinical studies to evaluate efficacy and safety of drugs, cosmetics & medical devices. She has been working as dermatology expert for several pharmaceutical and cosmetics companies, including Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Galderma, Novartis and Pierre Fabre. Currently, she is the head of the Pierre Fabre Clinical Skin Research Center in Toulouse, and leads a pluri disciplinary team of 80 scientists that design, perform and coordinate more than 900 clinical studies /year. The activities of this team support the development of products safe and efficacious for the patients-consumers, in the respect of pharmaceutical values and ethics. The daily work of this group of scientists allows a better understanding of the skin and pathophysiology of common dermatological and scalp conditions. This team also develops new noninvasive or minimally invasive methods of skin and hair evaluation, with several publications in peer reviewed dermatology journals. Dr Rossi is also the head of Cosmetic Dermatology in the University hospital of Toulouse, France, where she teaches residents on aesthetic procedures (chemical peelings, injections, collagen stimulation) and cosmetic science. She is member of the Brazilian, American, European and French Societies of Dermatology and has authored several publications and book chapters in the field of dermatology.
Giuseppe Argenziano (ITALY)
Mobile apps in the field of dermatology
Giuseppe Argenziano is Associate Professor and Head of the Dermatology Unit at the Second University of Naples, Italy, and Coordinator of the Skin Cancer Unit at the Research Hospital “Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova IRCCS” in Reggio Emilia, Italy. His main research field is dermato-oncology, being author of numerous scientific articles and books concerning dermoscopy, a new technique improving the cliniciansdetection of benign and malignant skin tumors. As coordinator of a Skin Cancer Unit, he has established a successful tertiary, multidisciplinary, referral center particularly devoted to the diagnosis and management of patients with skin tumors. Over the past 20 years he has supervised over 100 foreign students and 40 residents in Dermatology, established scientific collaborations with more than 200 colleagues from more than 30 Nations, and organized more than 50 national and international scientific activities, courses and conferences (such as the Consensus Net Meeting on Dermoscopy and the First Congress of the International Dermoscopy Society). He is co-founder and past president of the International Dermoscopy Society; project leader for the development of a high diagnostic technology oncologic center at the Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova IRCCS in Reggio Emilia; faculty member of the Master of Science in Dermoscopy and Preventive Dermato-oncology, and the Short Course in Dermoscopy, two e-learning courses by the Medical University of Graz and by the Cardiff University, respectively; and member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Professor Argenziano has authored more than 400 full scientific articles and produced landmark primary publications and books in in the field of dermoscopy. Over the past 20 years he has been invited as speaker and/or chairman in more than 500 national and international conferences in the field of dermatology. His combined publications have received a sum total of 7198 citations with an h-index value of 44 (Scopus 01/2016).