Description of the Task force
The Skin Allergy Club (SAC) is organized by the EAACI Dermatology Section and aimed to promote the communication and exchange of experience among young clinicians and researchers working in the field of skin allergy. The SAC is held in Zurich, usually starting on Friday afternoon at the EAACI Headquarters (first session) and finishing midday Saturday at the University Hospital for Dermatology and Allergy (second session).
Participation is competitive: Although the Call for applications is sent out to all EAACI Junior Members of the Dermatology Section, only ten JMs are selected based on the quality of their submitted abstract, CV and motivation letters. Each participant has an opportunity to make a short presentation (10-15 min) about the topic of their interest followed by a group discussion moderated by invited professors. Selected topics include urticaria, angioedema, immediate hypersensitivity reactions in the skin, autoinflammatory skin diseases, mastocytosis, vasculitis, autoimmune skin diseases, infectious skin diseases, contact dermatitis and atopic eczema. The guided walk through the Department of Dermatology of University Hospital, Zurich is organized after the second session.
For the first time from 2018 on the abstracts of successful applicants will be published in the SAC abstract book and uploaded to the EAACI website and a Certificate for the best presentation will be awarded to the one Junior Member. Each accepted participant will get 300 EUR for travel expenses plus overnight accommodation and dinner in Zurich. Drinks and finger food are provided during the sessions.
Report of the SAC 2018
The SAC reached its fifth anniversary on 8-9 June 2018 in the relaxing and friendly atmosphere of the EAACI Headquarters and hospitable and academic environment of the University Hospital, Department of Dermatology, Zurich by kind invitation of Prof. Peter Schmid-Grendelmeier and Dr Martin Glatz.
A wide spectrum of cutaneous allergy was covered: from atopic dermatitis and eczema to urticaria, contact dermatitis and use of confocal microscopy in the dermatologic allergy. The main focus of this SAC was on mastocytosis with 4 of 5 mastocytosis-related abstracts accepted.
Ten selected delegates came from different countries throughout the world including the Netherlands, Canada, Russia, Turkey, India and Italy. The discussions were moderated by Prof. Knut Brockow (Chairperson of the EAACI Dermatology Section, Germany), Prof. Charlotte Gotthard Mørtz (Secretary of the EAACI Dermatology Section, Denmark) and Dr Martin Glatz (Board member of the EAACI Dermatology Section, Switzerland), well-known experts in the field. During the first session, Prof. Brockow presented an interesting lecture about allergic reactions in mastocytosis, whereas Prof. Mørtz gave important hints on differential diagnosis between atopic dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis in children.
Participants had dinner in a typical Swiss restaurant (Riedbach) and stayed overnight at the Ibis Zurich Messe Airport Hotel. Dr Glatz finished the second session on Saturday with an interactive lecture on atopic dermatitis and then guided participants through the Department of Dermatology of the University Hospital. The Certificate for the best presentation was awarded to Dr Chen Hu (the Netherlands). Dr Hu shared her experience about the SAC:
“The Skin Allergy Club is an unique opportunity to discuss and interpret your results in detail with fellow junior and senior scientists, and clinicians from all over the world in the beautiful city of Zürich. Constructive suggestions were given in an open and safe environment. Meeting all the participants and learning about their research inspired and motivated me, both academically and personally. I am grateful to the EAACI for organizing this meeting and providing a fruitful ground for junior members to grow in our role as future leaders in the field of Dermatology and Allergy research.”
JM Representative of EAACI Dermatology Section
Board member of EAACI Dermatology Section
Charlotte Gotthard Mørtz
Secretary of EAACI Dermatology Section
Chairperson of EAACI Dermatology Section