IDS Newsletter #11 – August 2021

Dear IDS members,


We hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer or winter depending on where you are. Since we last reached out, we have lots of interesting news for you to catch up on!


Our 1st Virtual World Congress on June 10-12 was a great success with >2800 participants from 90 different countries around the world. We would like to reiterate how thankful we are for our 100+ speakers and panelists, our sponsors and of course all of you who joined us!

New President, General Secretary and Executive Board

The congress also marked the end of a remarkable era under the presidency of Iris Zalaudek and the start of a new one after the election of our new President Aimilios Lallas and General Secretary Caterina Longo. Both Aimilios and Caterina would like to address some personal words of gratitude to Iris for her tremendous efforts within the society during so many years, to all the participants in the Virtual World Congress of Dermoscopy and all of you who supported their candidacy.

Our newly elected leadership wasted no time in selecting a new Executive Board and implementing an ambitious project to boost the IDS to a whole new level. Here you will find a short summary of what we have done so far and have planned for you during the coming years.

Firstly, we appointed an administrative coordinator, John Paoli, who will facilitate interactions between our new committees, working groups and task forces. 

We also welcome Teresa Deinlein, who is our new Treasurer and has taken over the task from the resilient Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof, who has done fantastic work during so many years. Rainer will instead be one of our auditors together with Luc Thomas.

Specific roles for coordinating our efforts with other societies have been given to Allan Halpern as our ISIC and AAD liaison and Josep Malvehy as our EADO and EADV liaison. Furthermore, we selected a new public relations officer, Giovanni Pellacani, who will help connect the IDS with important sponsors. We are also pleased to count on the continued collaboration with the Giuseppe Argenziano as the Editor-in-Chief of the DPC Journal and Horacio Cabo who is still the President of the 6th World Congress of Dermoscopy, which will finally take place in 2024. 

The IDS members have also selected our 100 international Board members who will be represented within the Executive Board by Lidia Rudnicka and Stephen Hayes (Europe), David Swanson (North America), Raúl Cabrera (South America), Jie Liu (Asia), Hoda Moneib (Africa) and Cliff Rosendahl (Australia).

Konstantinos Liopyris and Nisa Akay were chosen to lead the Website and social media committee. Besides reaching out to you through FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn, they have also started a brand-new Instagram account with several amazing cases presented every week. Make sure to follow us!

Elvira Moscarella and Michael Marchetti will lead the important new Education committee collaborating with Ralph Braun and Claudio Conforti in the Dermoscopedia working group, Cristian Navarrete-Duchent and Natalia Jaimes in the Annotations and gaming working group and Ashfaq Marghoob and Cristina Carrera in the Education project working group and others. These groups’ common goal is to create a comprehensive dermoscopy curriculum including an e-Video book with recorded lectures, discussion panels, microlearning videos and self-assessment opportunities complemented by the ever-growing learning materials provided by Dermoscopedia and our YouTube webcasts (formerly called podcasts) as well as gaming activities in collaboration with the ISIC archive.

Other exciting developments include: 

  • The creation of a Non-English activities committee chaired by Raimonds Karls and Gabriel Salerni, who will help translate important educational materials and society information for those members who would prefer to learn about dermoscopy in their native languages. 
  • Our Studies committee, headed by Alon Scope and Ana Maria Forsea, who will promote collaborative research initiatives among IDS members and provide support for appropriate study design, data analysis, manuscript preparation and publication. 
  • A new Scientific program committee chaired by Zoe Apalla for creating exciting content and inviting fantastic speakers to our international meetings and congresses.
  • The Awards and fellowships committee led by Susana Puig and Wilhelm Stolz dedicated to offering travel and research grants for our members and providing sustainable fellowship programs around the world.
  • New task forces for improving Tele-imaging and DICOM (Peter Soyer and Liam Caffrey), Imaging medical aesthetics (Ahmed Sadek), Imaging in skin of color (Enzo Errichetti) and Artificial Intelligence (Philipp Tschandl) aiming to help pave the way for future improvements in dermoscopic diagnosis.
  • A Brainstorming working group coordinated by Harald Kittler.

And, last but not least, we are happy to have our administrator Gerald Gabler serving another term with us. As always, Gerald will help us communicate with you through our website, newsletters and more.

New logo and membership status renewal

Following a proposal from the President, the Executive Board decided to start a procedure to renew the society’s logo. The new logo will be selected by votation amongst all IDS members. Stay tuned for more information about this. 

Following another proposal from the President, the Executive Board decided to modify the membership status of IDS members as follows: membership will remain free, but will require periodic validation. The final decision will be taken at the next Board and Executive Board meeting in October. More details will be sent to you thereafter.

The DPC Journal’s new impact factor

We are also very proud to announce that our official journal Dermatology Practical & Conceptual (DPC) received its first impact factor on June 30, 2021. The 2020 journal impact factor is 1.926. We wish to congratule Editor-in-Chief Giuseppe Argenziano and the Editorial Board again for this excellent achievement. We also look forward to receiving more high-quality manuscripts from you our members in the near future!

New Webcasts in Spanish

Active studies and new publications

On our website, you will find information about all ongoing IDS studies that you can participate in. We can also recommend reading our most recent publications:

Best wishes,


John Paoli
IDS Administrative Coordinator

Aimilios Lallas
IDS president

Caterina Longo
IDS General Secretary