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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 488-489
American academy of dermatology 71 st annual meeting, miami beach, march 1-5, 2013

Dermatology, Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey, USA

Date of Web Publication17-Oct-2013

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Robert A Schwartz
Dermatology, Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey
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This record-breaking major international educational event was held on March 1-5, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida, a joyful coastal resort city located on a series of barrier islands between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. This meeting brought together almost 20,000 attendees from around the world [Figure 1], [Figure 2], [Figure 3]. Many members were honored. Vincent A. Cipollaro (New York City) was awarded a special Certificate of Appreciation by International League of Dermatology Societies President Wolfram Sterry (Berlin) [Figure 1].
Figure 1: Vincent A. Cipollaro being given special recognition by International League of Dermatology Societies President Wolfram Sterry with EADV President Jana Hercogová and ILDS Committee Member Jean L. Bolognia as admiring witnesses (right to left)

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Figure 2: International Society of Dermatology (ISD) Vice President Rekha Sheth, ISD Secretary-General Evangeline Handog, Shyam Verma, International Congress President Vinod K. Sharma, ISD Membership Chair Jean L. Bolognia, ISD President Francisco Kerdel, and ISD Treasurer George T. Reizner (left to right)

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Figure 3: Enthusiastic attendees Koushik Lahiri, Rafael Falabella, and Robert A. Schwartz (right to left)

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The scientific program was excellent. Hensin Tsao (Boston) delivered the Marion B. Sulzberger Memorial Lecture on melanoma and its metaphors. He compared the functioning of melanocytes to the wiring of his own Japanese automobile engine, evincing p53 as the guardian of the genome. Gerd Plewig (Munich) spoke on autoimmunity and inflammation of skin, bones and viscera, including PAPA and PASH syndromes. Joan Guitart (Chicago) emphasized that patients with atypical cutaneous lymphoid hyperplasia should be carefully monitored over time, as it may represent early primary cutaneous marginal cell lymphoma. Antonella Tosti (Miami and Bologna) proclaimed the value of trichoscopy, including comma hair as a marker of tinea capitis. Small dots represent dermal papillae. One may see twisted red capillary loops in scalp psoriasis, which may facilitate distinction from seborrheic dermatitis. Red dots are seen in discoid lupus erythematosus in 38% of cases and indicate active disease. Leonard C. Sperling (Bethesda) promulgated scalp biopsy techniques to maximize diagnostic yield, advocating use of two four-millimeter punches, one for longitudinal and the second for cross-sectional analysis. Wilma F. Bergfeld (Cleveland) discussed androgens and hair loss. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) patients have androgen excess. Many, but not all, are infertile. They have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. PCOS is a common cause of hirsutism in women. Aisha Sethi (Chicago) adroitly led a course on tropical dermatology, noting malaria stopped the advance of Alexander the Great into the Indian subcontinent. Omar Lupi (Rio de Janeiro) emphasized hemorrhagic fevers, such as Lassa fever. He also delineated monkeypox, which was imported to the USA from West Africa through an exotic pet shipment of Gambian giant rats. It clinically resembles smallpox and affects head, trunk, and extremities, including palms and soles, healing with scarring. Yahya Dowlati (Tehran) announced that vaccine development for cutaneous leishmaniasis is in progress in Iran. The size of inoculum from its insect vector is important, as a small amount may not produce disease. Leishmaniasis remains a worldwide concern. It appears to be increasing in Venezuela due to extended urbanization and better reporting. Treating its scar is a big problem. Sadly, vector and reservoir control is not practical. In Iran 500,000 soldiers had leishmanization before going to the front in the Iran-Iraq War. Today only Uzbekistan employs leishmanization. Michael E. Bixby (Boston) delivered the Clarence S. Livingood Lecture, explaining the sometimes misused evidence-based medicine mantra that has been widely employed by industry and policy-makers. He stressed that physicians must examine the evidence for themselves in order to make informed clinical decisions.

This AAD meeting was special, highlighting the 75 th anniversary of the AAD. There were important editorial board and committee meetings, and celebratory receptions such as the one in which the dermatology world anticipated the upcoming XI International Congress of Dermatology in New Delhi scheduled for December 4-7, 2013 [Figure 2] and [Figure 3].


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