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2016 SKINPACT Awards - Latin America

The Latin American dermatology community’s commitment to improving skin health within the region was highlighted by the 60 exceptional submissions received from 9 countries for the 2016 SKINPACT Awards. The winning projects are now being implemented with the aim of transforming the lives of patients, their families and carers, and their communities.

Awards Ceremony Gallery

The presentation of the SKINPACT Awards 2016 took place at the annual CILAD Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. See all the excitement of the ceremony captured in the gallery below.

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The 2016 SKINPACT Awarded Projects

Congratulations to the 2016 SKINPACT Award recipients!

This year a substantial number of votes were cast by supporters in the worldwide dermatology community for the shortlisted projects, selected by the SKINPACT Awards 2016 Expert Panel, to determine a winning project in each category. In addition to the community awarded projects, the Expert Panel selected their top project from each category. Each of the following initiatives has been awarded a grant to realize the project:

 
 

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP
Expert Panel Award

Teledermatology, new pathways in community dermatology in Mexico

Dr. Roberto Estrada

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EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
Expert Panel Award

Distance learning and high quality content in dermatology using the “Piel Latino Americana” platform

Dr. Jaime Piquero-Martín
Team: Dr. Rolando Hernández Pérez, Dr. Ricardo Pérez-Alfonzo, Felix J. Tapia, José Hernández

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COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP
Community Vote Award

The Butterfly Children from Mexico

Julio Cesar Salas Alanis, MD, PhD

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EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
Community Vote Award

DermaLearning: Education for Everyone

Dr. Maria Ivonne Arellano Mendoza & Dr. Marino Huanuco Perez

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Finalists in community leadership

Projects under this category should take a fresh and sustainable approach to improving the lives of patients with skin conditions.

 
Araras project

Araras project

Lead Dermatologist:
Dr. Sulamita Costa Wirth Chaibub
Affiliation:
Hospital Alberto Rass-HGG, Brazil

Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), is a rare genetic disease with the potential to generate malignant skin cancers at a much greater rate (thousand-fold) than in the normal population. The disease is prevalent in Araras village where sufferers live without access to diagnosis, treatment and preventive measures. The Araras project is a social, medical and scientific project with the main objective to provide physical and mental health assistance to patients with XP, and to evaluate the genetic extent of this disease in the Araras community, in Goiás, Brazil. In addition the project aims to identify novel manifestations of XP, in accordance with genetic studies.

Endemic Pemphigus Foliaceous

Endemic Pemphigus Foliaceous: integration of traditional indigenous medicine and dermatology as a health care model

Lead Dermatologist:
Dr. Vieira Dourado & Dr. Fabio Francesconi
Project team members:
Dr. Gilton Mendes dos Santos, Prof. Rosana Pimentel Correia, João Paulo Lima Barreto
Affiliation:
Fundação de Medicina Tropical, Brazil

Endemic Pemphigus Foliaceous (EPF) affects young, genetically predisposed patients and often occurs in family clusters and specific geographical areas. As a result, indigenous populations have been shown to be highly vulnerable, as described amongst Tirana and Xavante ethnicities. Literature reports three cases amongst indigenous people in the Amazon in the last ten years. However, over 30 cases have been treated at the Tropical Medicine Foundation by Dr Heitor Vieira Dourado, and almost 40% were from the Yanomami people. The current situation demands multidisciplinary integration between medicine, anthropology and indigenous representatives in order to synchronize the illness concept, as well as improve chronic disease treatment adherence, utilizing EPF as model.

Fotoeducational Workshops for Patagonian Mapuche

Fotoeducational Workshops for Patagonian Mapuche Communities

Lead Dermatologist:
Dr. Isabel Maria del Pilar Casas
Affiliation:
Fundacion Dermatologia Comunitaria, Argentina

The prevalence of sun-related skin diseases is high among Mapuche communities in the Cordillera de los Andes due to genetic factors and high ultraviolet (UV) exposure. This project aims to train voluntary medical students to carry out educational workshops at rural schools of Patagonian Andes. This innovative, mutually beneficial approach will provide medical students with more knowledge than provided in the university dermatology curricula; while acquiring skills in developing educational primary care strategies. Mapuche communities will receive medical information that may improve their quality of life; and young people from those communities may be inspired to continue their education in the future as a result of the interaction.

Teledermatology

Teledermatology, new pathways in community dermatology in Mexico

Lead Dermatologist:
Dr. Roberto Estrada
Affiliation:
Dermatologia Comunitaria, Mexico

For more than 25 years, multidisciplinary groups of Health Care Professionals (HCP), led by Dr. Roberto Estrada, have carried out dermatological community medical training and consultation in different cities of Guerrero state’s mountains in the south of Mexico. Today, personnel safety conditions in Mexico, especially in the State of Guerrero, are precarious and prevent continuation of the work schedule, not to mention potential personal risk for all participants. The intention of this program is to continue educating HCPs in dermatology while providing and serving remote communities with dermatological services and treatment of complex cases through teledermatology.

The Butterfly Children from Mexico

The Butterfly Children from Mexico

Lead Dermatologist:
Julio Cesar Salas Alanis, MD, PhD
Affiliation:
DEBRA Mexico

In Mexico, the disease epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is unknown to some physicians and patients have to deal with one of the worst health systems in the world. Most patients do not have health insurance to cover the cost of treatment and are often too poor to pay for all the supplies from their own resources or income. DEBRA provides knowledge on prevention, genetic counselling and education to EB patients and their families. The organization also give lectures, conferences at schools and educate/provide information on radio, TV and social media

Finalists in excellence in education

Projects under this category should be aimed at educating healthcare and public communities about skin health issues in a sustainable manner.

 
An insect stung me, what should I do

An insect stung me, what should I do? An application for initial management of contacts or arthropod bites in Latin America

Lead Dermatologist:
Prof. Valentina Ovalles Perez
Project team members:
Jaime Torres, Lorena Balda, Nahir Martinez
Affiliation:
Instituto De Medicina Tropical, Universidad Central De Venezuela

Driven by both lack of information and specialized medical training in tropical diseases, the team has developed a mobile application that provides users (both doctors and the general public) fast, accurate and reliable information on arthropod bites and appropriate first aid. The tool, downloadable on computers or mobile devices, helps to immediately identify the arthropod involved, the type of acute skin lesion (within the first 24 hours) and guide the patient to a primary care provider, as well as advise of the need to go to a closer rescue center.

DermaLearning

DermaLearning: Education for everyone

Lead Dermatologist:
Prof. Valentina Ovalles Perez
Project team members:
Jaime Torres, Lorena Balda, Nahir Martinez
Affiliation:
Instituto De Medicina Tropical, Universidad Central De Venezuela

Driven by both lack of information and specialized medical training in tropical diseases, the team has developed a mobile application that provides users (both doctors and the general public) fast, accurate and reliable information on arthropod bites and appropriate first aid. The tool, downloadable on computers or mobile devices, helps to immediately identify the arthropod involved, the type of acute skin lesion (within the first 24 hours) and guide the patient to a primary care provider, as well as advise of the need to go to a closer rescue center.

Piel Latinoamericana

Distance learning and high-quality content in dermatology using the “Piel Latinoamericana” platform

Lead Dermatologist:
Dr. Jaime Piquero-Martín
Project team members:
Dr. Rolando Hernández Pérez, Dr. Ricardo Pérez-Alfonzo, Felix J. Tapia, José Hernández
Affiliation:
Piel Latinoamericana, Venezuela

This project seeks to develop an educational program aimed at two aspects of dermatology using the “Piel Latinoamericana” platform:
1) continuing education for dermatologists with an emphasis on tropical dermatology and selected diseases of universal importance; and
2) development of a site with high quality content aimed at the community, involving the participation of dermatologists, scientists, journalists, social media experts, and the pharmaceutical industry, in order to improve the Spanish information reaching the user and seek consensus on dermatology public health issues.

Early Diagnosis

Early Diagnosis, Preventing Physical Disability and Combating Prejudice in Leprosy

Lead Dermatologist:
Dr. Elisangela Pegas
Project team members:
Dr. Marcel Alex Soares dos Santos, Dr. Lívia Matida Gontijo, Dr. Vanessa de Sousa Mançano
Affiliation:
Hospital e Maternindade Celso Pierro, Brazil

This project will provide training of Basic Health Unit professionals to perform early diagnosis, prevent disability and disseminate information about Hansen’s disease to the population of the Northwest Campinas District, aiming to deliver care in a humane way and tackle the myths and prejudice that still haunt the carriers of disease. This is a strategic approach aimed at greater dissemination of information to health professionals, by first sharing the project objectives with qualified professionals and then extending the training to the entire target population.

Educating patients and their environment to improve the awareness and treatment of Epidermolysis Bullosa

Educating patients and their environment to improve the awareness and treatment of Epidermolysis Bullosa

Lead Dermatologist:
Dr. Francis Palisson
Project team members:
Loreto Moore, María José Gana, Dr. María Ignacia Fuentes
Affiliation:
DEBRA Chile Foundation

Educating patients and their environment to improve the awareness and treatment of Epidermolysis Bullosa Lead Dermatologists: Dr. Francis Palisson Project team members: Loreto Moore, María José Gana, Dr. María Ignacia Fuentes Affiliation: DEBRA Chile Foundation

Although considered the most painful disease in children, epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is mostly unknown to the public and even healthcare professionals. The DEBRA Chile Foundation, in its constant eagerness to improve EB patient care, has decided to create supporting educational material for patients (and their schools), caregivers, and healthcare providers. In particular, it will produce a patient notebook and a self-explanatory video in order to improve medical treatment and awareness and reduce stigma associated with this awful skin disease.

Expert Panel

Meet the distinguished members of the 2016 SKINPACT Awards Expert Panel, who meticulously reviewed and evaluated all project submissions to determine the finalists and ultimately the Expert Panel Award winning projects.

 
Jorge Ocampo

Jorge Ocampo-Candiani, MD, University of Nuevo León, Monterrey, Mexico

Dr. Jorge Ocampo-Candiani is the Chairman of the Department of Dermatology, Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Director of Dermatologic Surgery at the University of Nuevo León (UANL). Further to this Dr. Ocampo-Candiani is the President of the Ibero Latin American College of Dermatology (CILAD) and also serves on the Board of the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS). He has authored more than 131 articles in national and international journals and is a lecturer in 30 countries around the World.

Manuel del Solar

Manuel del Solar, MD, University of Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Perú

Dr Manuel del Solar is the Head of the Dermatology Service at the Cayetano Heredia Hospital. He is also a Professor of Dermatology at the University of Peruana Cayetano Heredia’s School of Medicine and the Medical Director of the Dermatological Institute of Solderma in Peru. Dr del Solar is affiliated to a number of professional organisations. He is an International Affairs Committee Member of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and serves on the boards of the Institute of Tropical Medicine Alexander Von Humboldt and the Collegio Ibero-Latino-Americano de Dermatologia (CILAD). He has also authored and co-authored multiple dermatological publications in both books and medical journals.

Patricia Chang

Patricia Chang, MD, University of Nuevo León, Monterrey, Mexico

Dr. Patricia Chang is currently Director of Medical Education and Deputy Delegate of the Ibero Latin American College of Dermatology (CILAD) for Central America and the Caribbean. She is President of the Guatemalan Association of Dermatology and Director of the CILADs Medical Assistance and Educational Program. She is currently professor and honorary chairperson at the Postgraduate School of Internal Medicine of the Guatemalan Hospital of General Diseases (IGSS). Her areas of specialty are ungual diseases, skin cancer and AIDS in dermatology. She is also the author of over 240 publications in dermatology journals and magazines.

Silvio Alencar Marques

Silvio Alencar Marques, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Brazil

Dr. Silvio Alencar Marques is Professor of Dermatology at the Botucatu Medical School, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) Julio de Mesquita Filho since 2011. He is a member of the body of lecturers and supervisors of the Graduate Program in Pathology from the same institution. He is a specialist in dermatology and leprosy, with a strong interest in Medical Education. His major areas of research are in medical mycology, with emphasis on paracoccidioidomycosis, psoriasis, clinical epidemiology and immunology. Dr. Alencar Marques holds a Ph.D. in Dermatology from the Federal University of São Paulo and from Indiana University.

Margarita Larralde de Luna

Margarita Larralde de Luna, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dr. Margarita Larralde de Luna specialized in Pediatric Dermatology at the Ramos Mejia Hospital. She is head of the German Dermatology Hospital, with a practice dedicated to general dermatology and aesthetics. She is the author of Pediatric Dermatology, Photographic Atlas of Pediatric Dermatology and several chapters of international books. She has held various officer roles at the Argentinian Society of Dermatology, and eventually became president. She has chaired the Latin American Society of Pediatric Dermatology and is in charge of institutional and international relations. She is director and also a professor at the Department of Dermatology of the University of Buenos Aires.