Update # 8: January 2011

Dear members of the IDS,

We are pleased to announce the following 2 major news:

First, please download the final program of the joint meeting of the International Dermoscopy Society (IDS), the International Society for Digital Imaging of the Skin (ISDIS), and the International Confocal Working Group (ICWG), which will be held in conjunction with the 2011 American Academy of Dermatology conference in New Orleans, LA.

Second, we are pleased to announce the official start of the Unified Dermoscopy Algorithm (UDA) Study. The primary objective of the UDA Study is to determine the most relevant dermoscopic structures and features to help differentiate melanoma from nevi. In addition, we will explore which dermoscopic structures can be reproducibly observed by participants, as a function of their level of experience. Lastly, after analyzing this information we will attempt to create one universally accepted algorithm to assist clinicians in their ability to correctly diagnose nevi and melanoma.

The success of this project is completely dependent upon your willingness to participate. We encourage you to partake in this endeavor, irrespective of your level of clinical expertise. To assure anonymity, we will remove participant identifiers from the data set prior to analysis, and these identifiers will be kept only for quality assurance purposes. The data generated from your participation has the potential of resulting in enormously important insights that will benefit us all for many years to come.

To begin, please go to our website at http://uda.dermoscopy-ids.org/ and follow the instructions. On the study website you will find tutorials with images, definitions for all dermoscopic structures, explanation of dermoscopic terminology, and 40 cases for you to evaluate. We have created a simple, user-friendly intake form to assist you in recording your observations for the 40 lesions assigned to you.

If you have any question or comments now or during the study, please do not hesitate to contact us at udacontact@gmail.com

Thank you for being part of the UDA study and see you soon in New Orleans!

Geppi Argenziano