IDS Update #26, October 2016

Dear Friends,

With this Update I like to share with you the minutes of the IDS Executive Board Meeting held in Vienna in conjunction with the EADV 2016.

With my best wishes
Iris Zalaudek

IDS executive board meeting

September 28, 2016, 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm

Melia Hotel, 57 Restaurant & Lounge, Donau-City Straße 7, Vienna, Austria.


President: Iris Zalaudek;

Secretary: Aimilios Lallas.

Attendance: Giuseppe Argenziano, Ralph Braun, Horacio Cabo, Gerald Gabler, Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof, Harald Kittler, Josep Malvehy, Elvira Moscarella, Susana Puig, Wilhelm Stolz, Philipp Tschandl

John Bottjer and Thorsten Trotzenberg from 3Gen sponsored the EB Meeting and were present for the lunch but left the group immediately afterwards.

1.  New executive board member: The board agreed to welcome John Paoli as new executive board member responsible for Social Media.

2.  Update on news regarding the IDS website: Gerald Gabler confirmed the functionality of the new IDS website, which is already online. He also informed the members on the progresses regarding the renewal of the old discussion forum platform into a modern forum meeting all modern technical and safety requirements and with a responsive design. Apps for Android and iPhone will be available. All the board members will be involved in a testing period of this new forum. Then, if functional and easy to use, the new platform will be spread out and connected to the homepage of the IDS website.

3.  A problem of privacy with the Facebook page was discussed. The Dermatoscopy page on Facebook is a closed group, but it is difficult for the administrators to verify the profession of all requests for membership. This raises privacy issues related to patients images posted in the forum. The board agreed to introduce a disclosure at the Facebook page of the group which requires from anyone, who likes to post an image, confirmation of patient’s written or verbal consent to post it.

4.  The board discussed the possibility of having an official page of consultation of the IDS were doctors can send cases for consultation and pay for it. One possible way would be that one can send cases for consultation and then pay a fee that goes to the IDS. The IDS will then pay the consultant. However, the board agreed that this consultation page for payment is not in the spirit of the IDS.

5.  Harold Rabinovitz created a CD-rom for the AAD many years ago. The AAD nowadays does not sell anymore the CD-rom. AAD remits from the copyright of the CD rom, but asks for 50% of the eventual income if the material is made accessible for download. EDC made an offer to the IDS to take care of uploading the CD rom but they ask for payment. The board agreed in making an offer to EDC: we provide this teaching material. EDC will be in charge of putting the material online (without any payment from the IDS). The material online will be made available for download for any user but under payments of a charge. The IDS does not take any money from that and 50% of the income will go to AAD while 50% will go to EDC. In this way, the IDS will follow an educational purpose, which however is not related to any costs for the IDS. A formal proposal will be made in the following months to EDC by the IDS president Prof.Zalaudek.

6.  Dr Lallas gave us an update on the preparation and the program of the IDS congress 2018. Registration page is open and 20 participant have already registered for the congress. At the next AAD meeting in Orlando 2017, Dr. Lallas will present the preliminary program with according titles of the session and their chairs. The board suggested to have more free communication sessions, and more travel grants compared to last year. Drs. Malvehy and Puig proposed to have a live or recorded streaming session of the congress that might be sold for a certain fee to IDS members, who are unable to attend the congress. The feasibility of the proposal will be evaluated and further discussed during the AAD 2017 meeting.

7.  Dr Lallas also proposed to have a Consensus meeting during the upcoming IDS World Congress in 2018 in order to establish dermoscopic criteria for inflammatory and infectious diseases. An extensive search of the literature will be carried out and via email requests to the Board, the reproducibility will be tested. It was discussed whether additional consensus meeting should focus on trichoscopy (Prof. Rudnicka was proposed to lead this Consensus) and on terminology regarding vascular morphology. The discussion will be continued via email among the executive board members.

8.  Dr Kittler proposed an IDS study on criteria of non pigmented neoplasms.

9.  The president and secretary informed the EB Board that the IDS applied for the International Day Meeting (comparable to the EADV Sister Society Meetings) in conjunction with the upcoming AAD meeting 2017 in Orlando. The application was successful and approved by the AAD. The IDS scientific meeting will take place on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 8:00am to 12:00pm at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. 3Gen offered financial support for the scientific meeting. Because the IDS gains in this way 4 hours for their scientific program on Thursday morning, the EB agreed that the IDS will solely require space for their  administrative agenda during the next Tri-Society meeting.

10. The president will give us an update during the next meetings on the progresses in the change of the statute of the Society. In the last meeting the EB agreed to change the voting system of the “board members”.  Representative board members will be elected by the members of the country. This requires a change of the bylaws and the president will provide further updates on this topic.

11. “IDS Working group”:  Dr. Lallas proposed to built up a group of young researchers interested and active in dermoscopy, who will discuss, conduct and propose new IDS studies to the EB. Dr. Puig proposed to allocate one hour for the group during the Scientific meetings of the IDS in conjunction AAD and EADV in order to allow them organizing their session there. However, the EB agreed to establish rules and requirements to become Member of the Working group. Dr Lallas will make a proposal to the EB and the discussion will be continued in Orlando.