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2015 SKINPACT Awards - Worldwide

The inaugural SKINPACT Awards 2015 was open to the worldwide dermatology community. Over 100 submissions from 26 countries were considered and voted on to receive recognition for their initiatives, and grants to implement their projects and see skin health positively impacted in patient communities across the globe.

Awards Ceremony Gallery

The announcement of the 2015 SKINPACT Awards’ winning projects by Galderma and the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS) took place at the 2015 World Congress of Dermatology (WCD) in Vancouver, Canada. See all the excitement of the event captured in the gallery below.

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The 2015 SKINPACT Awarded Projects

Congratulations to the 2015 SKINPACT Award recipients!

The four awarded projects were selected from over 100 high calibre applications across 26 countries in the two categories “Community Leadership” and “Excellence in Education”, with the aim of improving dermatology communities and patient quality of life.

 
 

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP
Expert Panel Award

Investigation of Sunscreens and Their Efficacy in Patients with Lupus Erythematosus (LE)

Prof. Annegret Kuhn

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EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
Expert Panel Award

Pilot “bed-to-bench and back” research training program for dermatologists

Dr Maria Gnarra

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COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP
Community Vote Award

An instant, Audio-Assisted Secretary for Patients and Physicians

Dr Chao-Kai Hsu & Dr Hsing-San Yang

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EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
Community Vote Award

A sun protection tale as a method to create healthy behaviours in Latin children

Dr. María S. Aluma

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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.

 
Assessing Barriers to Melanoma Screening Examinations for At-Risk Individuals at a County Hospital

Assessing Barriers to Melanoma Screening Examinations for At-Risk Individuals at a County Hospital

Lead Dermatologist:
June K Robinson, MD
Project team members: :
Rikki Gaber
Affiliation:
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology

When patients receive genetic counselling and testing, they are given medical recommendations regarding their test results. If an individual test is positive for a mutation in BRCA1/2, they are at higher risk to develop cancer, including melanoma. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recommends that BRCA1/2+ patients receive annual dermatology examinations to perform early detection of melanoma. Underserved populations often have difficulty receiving medical care due to social and economic barriers. This study aims to explore these barriers by surveying individuals at a county hospital who have BRCA1/2 mutations about their health behaviors regarding dermatology examinations.

An instant, Audio-Assisted Secretary for Patients and Physicians-EB as a example

An instant, Audio-Assisted Secretary for Patients and Physicians-EB as an example

Lead Dermatologist:
Dr Chao-Kai Hsu & Dr Hsing-San Yang
Affiliation:
National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Taiwan

Although we live in the era of information, a lot of time people still do not have instant access to user-oriented, organized and adequate medical knowledge. Furthermore, a one-click-away platform that provides patients, physicians and patients family to interact, communicate, monitor, and remind to enhance comprehensive physical and mental health is still remained to be desired. iAIDigent, a mobile app that provides instant, audio-assisted e-secretary for bridging patients and physicians. It has access to user-oriented information, audio-assisted and therefore with minimal technical-barrier, facilitates patients/physician interaction, provides notifications to enhance compliances, and unite patients together to provide social support.

Investigation of Sunscreens and Their Efficacy in Patients with Lupus Erythematosus

Investigation of Sunscreens and Their Efficacy in Patients with Lupus Erythematosus (LE)

Lead Dermatologist:
Prof. Annegret Kuhn
Affiliation:
Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Trials University Medical Center, Mainz, Germany, with European Society of Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus (EUSCLE)

Ultraviolet light is an important factor in the pathogenesis of LE. Recent studies demonstrated that sunscreens prevent the induction of disease activity; therefore, sunscreens are a safe and cost-effective preventive option for all patients with the disease, but data-based recommendations on the frequency of application and the type of sunscreen are not yet available. By the means of the existing EUSCLE register of more than 1000 LE patients and a remote data-entry and -management system, we aim to collect data in a pan-European observational study, including parameters, e.g. type of sunscreen and its efficacy in the prevention of skin manifestations.

Kashmir Vitiligo Foundation for helping the community in tackling vitiligo more effectively and in a healthy fashion

Kashmir Vitiligo Foundation for helping the community in tackling vitiligo more effectively and in a healthy fashion

Lead Dermatologist:
Dr. Imran Majid
Affiliation:
Independent, India

The project involves setting up of a ‘vitiligo foundation’ in Kashmir valley that will work on following fronts:
1. Helping vitiligo patients and their care-givers in tackling the disease by organizing camps where patients and care-givers share their experiences; and providing free phototherapy facilities in all major towns and free vitiligo grafting facilities for needy cases.
2. Demystifying vitiligo and clearing age-old myths by organizing events and school camps; providing education about the harmless and non-infective nature of the disease; and clearing doubts about its correlation with diet etc.
3. Conducting community-level clinical research in the field of vitiligo.

The skin may be different. The feelings are the same

The skin may be different. The feelings are the same.

Lead Dermatologist:
Dr. Izelda Maria Carvalho Costa
Affiliation:
Service of Dermatology, University of Brasilia

In our ambulatories, we are faced with stories rooted by prejudice, ignorance. Aiming to destigmatize dermatological diseases, seize the community of knowledge and reduce the feeling of exclusion and worthlessness of patients, we will work in the media – websites, billboards, television, radio – to explain skin diseases. The campaign focuses on people living with psoriasis, erythroderma, acne and vitiligo meeting with people without skin diseases, but demonstrating the same feelings: love, affection, happiness and sadness. To assess the impact of the intervention, we will use the Dermatology Life Quality Index before and six months after the beginning of the campaigns.

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.

 
A Sun protection tale as a method to create healthy behaviors in Latin children

A sun protection tale as a method to create healthy behaviors in Latin children

Lead Dermatologist:
Dr. María S. Aluma
Affiliation:
Aurora Skin Cancer Centre, Colombia

Learning processes during childhood are known for leaving a mark in children that remain for all their life. Therefore, to strengthen learning processes it is necessary to make them pleasing and fun. With this in mind, and knowing that ultraviolet radiation is an important risk factor for developing skin cancer, it is worth trying to create consciousness and generate sun-protection behaviors since childhood, with the goal of making long-lasting habits. The aim of this study is to evaluate the impact of a newly designed tale about sun-protection behaviors in kids of elementary school in Colombia.

Black is Beautiful

Black is Beautiful

Lead Dermatologist:
Dr. Saed Mohamed Ali
Project team members:
Hamse A. Khaire
Affiliation:
Independent, Somalia

With the rise of the middle class in the last decade in Tanzania and a greater amount of disposable income available, there has been a rise in the number of people wanting to achieve a lighter skin tone. Many young women suffer disfiguring facial and body scars as a result of using homemade skin lightening creams sold to them by local beauty salons. This project will target students in high schools and colleges in Dar-es-Salaam by running an educational campaign to promote natural skin colour (Black is Beautiful) and highlight the dangers of using unlabelled homemade bleaches and other harsh creams.

My SkinBook

My SkinBook

Lead Dermatologist:
Dr. Pin-Chi Chiu
Project team members:
Dr. Abel Po-Hao Huang
Affiliation:
Independent, Taiwan

Revolutionary and unprecedented software for future dermatological practice and public education:
The first App to reduce the risk of unexpected events during clinical follow-ups!
The first App to enhance the dermatologist-patient relationship and satisfaction! The first App to utilize smart phones and tablets as useful media for skin condition recording!
The first App to track and follow your skin status in a photo-based, time-line-framed diary!
The first App to share summarized information including photos and descriptions with your doctors!
The first App to remind patients and the public of customized skincare and health information proactively!

Online teaching platform to increase dermatology knowledge and clinical reasoning in medical students and family physicians

Online teaching platform to increase dermatology knowledge and clinical reasoning in medical students and family physicians

<Lead Dermatologist:
Mélissa Nantel-Battista, MD, FRCPC
Project team members:
Vanessa Cohen, MD, Vincent Jobin, MD FRCP
Affiliation:
University of Montreal School of Medicine - CPASS (Center of Pedagogy Applied to Health Sciences)

Dermatology training is lacking in medical school and family medicine residency at the University of Montreal. There is also a lack of resources to learn about skin disorders. Using the script concordance test theory, our project will create an online bank of questions around key dermatological concepts in order to enhance dermatological knowledge and develop clinical reasoning among medical students and family physicians.

Pilot ìbed-to-bench and backî research training program for dermatologists

Pilot “bed-to-bench and back” research training program for dermatologists

Lead Dermatologist:
Dr Maria Gnarra
Affiliation:
UCSC & Parma Universities, Italy

The vast majority of Dermatology teaching programs do not include basic science training. Even most of the European PhD programs for clinicians in Dermatology are designed towards clinical research projects. Not fully understanding the cellular and molecular basis of skin disorders can severely hinder the development of new effective treatments. The aim of this project is to establish a Pilot “Bed-to-bench research and back” training program for doctors with an interest in dermatology including dermatology residents. Teaching basic laboratory techniques and their applications to dermatology research, with both online lectures and practical sessions, will be the focus of this project.

Expert Panel

Meet the distinguished members of the 2015 SKINPACT Awards Expert Panel, who meticulously reviewed and evaluated all project submissions to determine the finalists and ultimately the Expert Panel Award winning projects.

 
Abdul-Ghani Kibbi

Abdul-Ghani Kibbi MD, FACP, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

Dr. Abdul-Ghani Kibbi is Professor, Program Director and Chair of Dermatology at the American University of Beirut and maintains a private practice at its medical centre. He serves on the Board of the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS) and is a member and past President of the Lebanese Dermatological Society; in addition to membership in the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatopathology, he is an honorary member of the German Dermatological Society. Dr Kibbi has published more than 140 publications including chapters and abstracts.

Chung Hong Hu

Chung Hong Hu MD, FACP, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan

A Mayo Clinic-trained dermatologist, Dr. Chung-Hong Hu had been full-time faculty at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) and Stanford University School of Medicine. In 1990, he was the visiting professor at the University of Geneva, then returned to his homeland in 1990 to serve the presidency of Taipei Medical College and transformed it to Taipei Medical University (TMU) in 2000. He is currently the Chair Professor of Dermatology at TMU. Dr. Hu was the president of Taiwanese Dermatological Association (TDA) for 2006-2012, and currently the Board Director of the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS). In addition, Dr. Hu actively involves in many international organizations – Rotary International (District 3480 Governor, 2011-12), Red Cross Taiwan (Board Director) and the European Culture Exchange Foundation, Taiwan. He has published over 100 scientific papers in peer-review journals.

Francisco Camacho-Martinez

Francisco Camacho-Martinez MD, PhD, University of Seville, Seville, Spain

Dr. Francisco Camacho-Martinez is Head Professor of Dermatology at the University of Seville and represents Europe on the board for the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS). He has previously been Vice-president of the European Academy Dermatology and Venereology (EADV), President of the Spanish Academy Dermatology and Venereology (AEDV), President of the Ibero Latinamerican College of Dermatology (CILAD) and President of the European Society for Cosmetic & Aesthetic Dermatology. Dr Camacho-Martinez has published more than 700 scientific papers.

Jorge Ocampo-Candiani

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 Ibero-latinamerican 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.

Harvey Lui

Harvey Lui, MD FRCPC, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Dr. Harvey Lui is Professor and founding Chairman of the Department of Dermatology and Skin Science at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Lui’s clinical and research interests are in photodermatology, lasers, pigmentation, medical education, and biomedical optics. He has over 300 publications including chapters and abstracts. He is a former President of the Canadian Dermatology Association and currently serves on the Board of the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS). In 2015 he will be the Secretary-General of the 23rd World Congress of Dermatology in Vancouver.