Society Studies

The following studies have been activated. If you like to participate to a specific study please send an email to the coordinator of the study. General criteria for authorship and study proposals are available here.

The rules for publishing data from dermoscopy photographs have changed (as of Feb 2009). To publish retrospective studies using images from patients you need the following requisites:

1. You have obtained verbal or written consent (depending upon the rules of your IRB/Ethics review board) for the use of the images that “were taken during routine patient care”.


1. You have an Institutional Review Board or Ethics Committee that has allowed the use of these images in studies


2. You have an IRB waiver for the use of the images


3. Your country does not require IRB review for such a collection of images.

If you are in the last category we will need to name the countries in the Methods section. All participants are encouraged to contact their IRB to confirm what they should be doing.

Active Studies

  1. Dermoscopic Patternd of Cutaneous Metastases. Coordinators: Danica Tiodorovic danica.dr(a) and Harald Kittler  harald.kittler(a)
  2. A survey on the use of ultrasound examination of the regional lymph nodes in the follow up of patients with high-risk cutaneous squamous cells carcinomas (SCCs). Contact: Riccardo Pampena, riccardopampena(a)
  3. Clinical and Dermatoscopic Features of Mammary Paget’s Disease
    Aim of the study: To determine the clinical and dermoscopic features of MPD versus other dermatologic entities (benign and malignant) that involve nipple and areola, and determine potential clinical/ dermoscopic signs that aid in the differential diagnosis of MPD.
    Coordinators: Dr. Zoe Apalla, Dr. Aimilios Lallas, and colleagues. zoimd(a), emlallas(a)
  4. Clinical and Dermoscopic Features of Thin Nodular Melanoma
    To determine the clinical and dermoscopic features of thin versus thick NM and identify potential clinical/ dermoscopic signs that aid in the earlier identification of thin NM.
    Coordinator: Dr. Alexander J. Stratigos and colleagues. Please refer to alstrat2(a) for further details and forms.
  5. Experience in Dermoscopy/Dermatoscopy (Damiani Giovanni, Ribero Simone, Puig Susana) : This study wants to perform a new algorithm to quantify dermoscopists’/dermatoscopists’ experience in all pigmented and non pigmented lesions, in order to set a measuring tool of experience and feasibility of dermatologists operating in dermatoscopy/dermoscopy. Download the questionaire, Download the lesions file
    Contact: dr.giovanni.damiani[at]gmail[dot]com
  6. Clinical and Dermoscopic Features of Thin Nodular Melanoma Coordinator: Dr. Alexander J. Stratigos and colleagues, alstrat2(a)
  7. Register of nail unit congenital nevi
    Coordinated by L. Thomas ( luc.thomas[at]chu-lyon[dot]fr )
  8. Participate in a study looking at mobile teledermoscopy for early detection of melanoma
    Dear colleagues,
    Together with Prof Monika Janda for the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) we are currently undertaking research into the benefits and workflows of mobile teledermoscopy. If you like to assist with this study we are looking for health practitioners with an interest in teledermoscopy aged 18 years or older to review, improve, and evaluate the use of mobile teledermoscopy in your practice. We invite you to take part in one of the following: a focus group in Brisbane, Queensland Australia, telephone interview (for overseas colleagues also via skype), or an online survey.
    Please click on this link to view the Participant Information Sheet and complete the 10-15 minute survey. If you wish to partake in the telephone survey or focus group instead, please email your interest to skin[at]
    Please note that this study has been approved by the QUT Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number 1400000807).
    Many thanks for your consideration of this request.
    Best regards
    Prof. H. Peter Soyer  MD, FACD
    Chair in Dermatology, Director, Dermatology Research Centre, The University of Queensland, School of Medicine Head, South-West Cluster, Deputy Head, School of Medicine Director, Dermatology Department, Princess Alexandra Hospital
  9. Dermatoscopic appearance of Combined nevi with pathologic correlation: In this project, the plan is to collect and analyse a larger number of combined nevi. The aim of this study is to document and veryfied clinical, dermatoscopic and pathological features of significant series of combined nevi in terms to describe dermatoscopic patterns of this rare and specific nevus type. We address a certain clinical problem that is the improvement of dermatologists’ diagnostic accuracy in discriminating between combined nevi and other types of nevi, and more imporant, in differenting combined nevi from melanomas with similar dermatoscopy features. Contact: Jelena Stojkovic,
  10. SCALP Monitoring Project : The Dermatology team at Sydney Melanoma Diagnostic Centre would like to ask IDS members for collaboration in research involving melanomas on the scalp diagnosed with sequential digital dermoscopy imaging (SDDI) – the “SCALP Monitoring” project. Contact: Amanda Regio Pereira, MD, MMed – amandaregiopereira(a)

Closed Studies

  1.  Atypical fibroxanthoma and malignant fibrous histiocytoma.
    Coordinator: Elvira Moscarella, MD, Skin Cancer Unit, Arcispedale S.Maria Nuova, IRCCS, Reggio Emilia, Italy. elvira.moscarella[at]gmail[dot]comURODERMOSCOPY: PAN-EUROPEAN STUDY OF DERMOSCOPY USE
  2. Pan-European study on dermatologists’ attitudes and practices of dermoscopy use.
    Coordinator: Ana-Maria Forsea, aforsea[at]yahoo[dot]com –> See web site for details
  3. Nail Melanoma
    To evaluate whether the size of nail band and its color (brown versus gray) is related to melanoma diagnosis. Coordinated by Dr. Caterina Longo, longo.caterina[at]gmail[dot]com
  4. Nevoid Melanoma Study
     Coordinator: Dr. Caterina Longo, longo.caterina[at]gmail[dot]com
  5. Unified Dermoscopy Algorithm
    Coordinator and data collection: Itay Klaz ( itk2001[at]med[dot]cornell[dot]edu),  Ashfaq A Marghoob, Allan C Halpern –> Please go to if you like to join the UDA study!
  6. Poromas Study
    To evaluate dermoscopic features of poromas and to validate the previous criteria reported. To assess the accuracy in diagnostic (sensitivity and specificity) for pigmented and non pigmented cases.
    Coordinator: Cristina Carrera , MD PhD, Melanoma Unit, Hospital Clinic Barcelona, Spain ( criscarrer[at]yahoo[dot]es)
  7. Morphologic Spectrum of Pediatric Melanoma
    AA Marghoob, G Argenziano, S Puig
  8. IDS collaborative study on BAP1-deficient nevi: clinical and dermoscopic features
    The primary objective of this study is thus to correlate the clinical and dermoscopic morphologies associated with BDN. In doing so, we can improve the diagnosis of these lesions, as well as aid in the identification of individuals at increased risk for the development of systemic and cutaneous malignancies. Contact: Dr Oriol Yelamos (oyelamos[at]

Published Studies

  1. 3-point checklist web study
    Coordinated by G. Argenziano (2006)
  2. Dermoscopy report
    Coordinated by J. Malvehy (2007)
  3. Dermoscopy key-points
    Coordinated by J. Bowling and R. Braun (2007)
  4. Amelanotic melanoma
    Coordinated by S. Menzies (2008)
  5. Slow-growing melanoma
    Coordinated by G. Argenziano (2009)
  6. Mucosal melanoma
    Coordinated by A. Blum (2011)
  7. Scalp lesions
    Coordinated by I. Stanganelli, R. Bono and I. Zalaudek (2011)
  8. Meta-analysis of digital dermoscopy follow-up of melanocytic skin lesions: a study on behalf of the International Dermoscopy Society
    G. Salerni, T. Teran,S. Puig, J. Malvehy, I. Zalaudek, G. Argenziano,H. Kittler (2012)
  9. Rorschach Dermoscopy
    A. Blum at al (2012) 
  10. A clinico-dermoscopic approach for skin cancer screening
    Recommendations involving a survey of the International Dermoscopy Society (2013)
  11. Recurrent melanocytic skin tumours study
    Results of a Multicenter Study of the International Dermoscopy Society; Coordinators: Andreas Blum,  Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof (2013)
  12. Dermoscopy of Acral Melanoma: A Multicenter Study on Behalf of the International Dermoscopy Society
    Ralph P. Braun et al  (2013), DERMATOLOGY, Published online: November 23, 2013
  13. Dermoscopic Evaluation of Nodular Melanoma
    S. Menzies et al. (2013), JAMA Dermatol. Published online April 3, 2013.
  14. Morphological features of naevoid melanoma: results of a multicentre study of the International Dermoscopy Society
    C. Longo et al., British Journal of Dermatology (2015) 172, pp961–967
  15. Collision skin lesions—results of a multicenter study of the International Dermoscopy Society (IDS) 2017: Collision lesions as two independent and unrelated skin tumors often manifest an atypical morphology.
    Blum A, Siggs G, Marghoob AA, Kreusch J, Cabo H, Campos-do-Carmo G, Cavalcanti Shiraishi AF, Kienitz A, Maldonado-Seral C, Maltagliati-Holzner P, Mijuskovic ZP, Yoshimura AM, Moscarella E, Rabinovitz H, Rodriguez-Garcia C, Rodriguez Saa S, Rubegni P, Savoia F, Simionescu O, Zaballos Diego P, Hofmann-Wellenhof R. Collision skin lesions—results of a multicenter study of the International Dermoscopy Society (IDS). Dermatol Pract Concept 2017;7(3):51-62. DOI:

Supported Studies

  1. From funny to Rorschach Dermoscopy
    Coordinator: Andreas Blum, a.blum[at]derma[dot]de
  2. Dermoscopy use in Australia (2011)
    Results of a nationwide dermoscopy survey investigating the prevalence, advantages and disadvantages of dermoscopy use among Australian dermatologists ()
  3. A scientometric analysis of dermoscopy literature over the past 25 years
    To determine the scientific output in dermoscopy between 1985 and 2009 using 151 Web 01 Knowledge.
  4. The User-Generated Web-Based Dermoscopy Image Archive of the International Dermoscopy Society: A Contribution to E-Learning and Exchange of Knowledge
    A dermoscopy image archive to enable members to locate previous cases based on both clinical and dermoscopic criteria which are entered. The arrangement was developed with the goal of offering an additional source of dermoscopic images and expanding the value of the forum as an educational tool in dermoscopy.
  5. Digital dermoscopy monitoring in patients with multiple nevi: How many lesions should we monitor per patient?
    In conclusion, this survey supports that DDM is a widely used method among clinicians dealing with patients with multiple nevi. Interestingly, the majority of respondents apply a combination of dermoscopy and TBP, underlying the importance of a combined approach when dealing with high-risk patients (Elvira Moscarella et al.)