|"A Marketplace of Knowledge and Experience" at Kiel Congress in June 2014
The knowledge and skills gained during the Kiel Congress could help establish paediatric dermatology as a subspecialty within Germany.
With the statement “dermatologists and paediatricians go hand in hand" Regina Fölster-Holst, Professor within the Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology at UKSH on Kiel Campus, invited participants to take part in the 12th Congress of the European Society for Paediatric Dermatology (ESPD).
650 participants from 51 countries found themselves submerged in a “marketplace of knowledge and experience” during their time at Kiel Congress and encountered the professional, ‘family like’ atmosphere that is intrinsic to all Kiel Department of Dermatology events.
In particular, recently found or, more specifically, recently defined disease entities, new therapies and treatment concepts, in addition to “Regenerative Medicine", were important topics of interest. For example, within Madrid’s Department of Dermatology, in the last five years through subtle observation, new diseases have been found, or rather defined, such as through the work of Antonio Torrelo (Madrid) and the discovery of the PENS Syndrome (Papular Epidermal Nevi with ‘Skyline’ Basal Cell Syndrome).
Amy Paller (North Carolina) reported, amongst other subjects, on “pulse therapy” in relation to the proactive treatment of eczema in conjunction with cortisone. At low inflammatory, topical application of a cream or ointment containing cortisone on the infected area two of three times per week often proved sufficient.
The innovative, recently approved therapy of infantile haemangioma with orally administered propranolol was detailed thoroughly in a symposium by Christine Leaute-Labrèze (Bordeaux). This treatment, found by coincidence and also looked at by Peter Höger (Hamburg), discovered that the chance of success of this treatment, if used early in the proliferative phase of a haemangioma and carried out in accordance with the given guidance, was as high as 98% - these results included the treatment of large haemangioma.
Past treatments for haemangioma, such as radiotherapy, cryotherapy or surgery, often resulted in only partial recovery and in some cases disfiguring scars. Therefore these treatments have been confined largely to the past.
John McGrath (London), who was awarded the Urs Schnyder Prize for his research in the field of “Regenerative Medicine”, reported on his work in tissue bio-engineering.
The German Foundation for Paediatric Dermatology (Deutschen Stiftung Kinderdermatologie – DSK) awarded the Dr. Nicole Brandl Prize to Rudolf Happle (Freiburg), Emeritus Professor of Dermatology at Philipps University of Marburg, for his life’s work in the study of Mosaic syndrome within dermatology.
Other prizes awarded were given not only for the “best poster” and “best lecture”, but the creative input of the children themselves was also recognised.
The appreciation of the views of children was shown within the conference through the awarding of a prize for the best self-portrait, under the heading of “My Skin Itches”. For this competition children were asked to paint pictures of themselves that conveyed the often agonizing irritation of the skin they have suffered.