Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery

COMMENTARY
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 66--69

Third combined south african congress of the dermatology, dermatologic surgery, and vitiligo societies, pretoria, Republic of South Africa


Robert A Schwartz1, Imran Majid2,  
1 Department of Dermatology, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, USA
2 Department of Dermatology, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Correspondence Address:
Robert A Schwartz
Professor & Head, Department of Dermatology, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey.
USA




How to cite this article:
Schwartz RA, Majid I. Third combined south african congress of the dermatology, dermatologic surgery, and vitiligo societies, pretoria, Republic of South Africa.J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2020;13:66-69


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Schwartz RA, Majid I. Third combined south african congress of the dermatology, dermatologic surgery, and vitiligo societies, pretoria, Republic of South Africa. J Cutan Aesthet Surg [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Aug 4 ];13:66-69
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This important international event, jointly and adroitly chaired by Mahlatse Kgokolo, Izolda Heydenrych, Noufal Raboobee, and Dagmar Whitaker [Figure 1] and [Figure 2], was held in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa. International dignitaries present included Lakhdar Belhaouari (France), Koen de Boulle (Belgium), Christopher EM Griffiths (UK), Imran Majid (India), Alan Menter (USA), Patricia Ogilvie (Germany), Robert A. Schwartz (USA), Hema Sundaram (USA), and Andrea Willey (USA) [Figure 3]. University of Pretoria Dermatology Head Mahlatse Kgokolo and South African Society for Dermatologic Surgery President Izolda Heydenrych opened the conference, after which Izolda Heydenrych expounded on the Age of Enlightenment and Alan Menter delivered the George Findlay Lecture, which focused on psoriasis.{Figure 1}, {Figure 2}, {Figure 3}

International Society of Dermatology Director Robert A. Schwartz expressed appreciation to the Congress leaders and recognized the outstanding leadership of Conference Committee Chairs Mahlatse Kgokolo and Noufal Raboobee, who is also the president of the Vitiligo Society of South Africa, thanking them in both Afrikaans (“Dankie”) and English as he presented each with a Sigma Xi leadership award [Figure 1]. He also congratulated Dermatology Society of South Africa President Dagmar Whitaker, Vice President Willie Visser, Secretary Sarina F. Drusinsky, Treasurer and incoming Society President JonathanSmith, and Executive Committee members Izolda Heydenrych, H. Francois Jordaan, Rannakoe Lehloenya, Fredah Maleka, Noufal Raboobee, and Robert M. Weiss for their extraordinary efforts [Figure 4].{Figure 4}

There were many enlightening presentations. The inaugural John Moche Memorial Lecture was given by Prof. Mike Sathekge, who emphasized the safety and effectiveness of epidermal radioisotope therapy using rhenium-188 for non-melanocytic skin tumors. Alan Menter advocated the concepts of psoriatic arthritis, stressing dactylitis and enthesitis, whereas Chris Griffiths linked the brain–skin axis with psoriasis. Menter also spotlighted cardiovascular comorbidities in psoriasis. He noted that patients with moderate to severe psoriasis had a reduced life expectancy of approximately 5 years because of cardiovascular disease, with methotrexate being protective against atherosclerosis and tumor necrosis factor alpha blockers preventing it and possibly reducing myocardial infarction rates. Chris Griffiths focused on preventing aging, stressing rapamycin and metformin as possible interventions to extend life span. Jonathan Smith covered the future of Janus kinase inhibitors for vitiligo, whereas Imran Majid revealed his novel smash grafting approach. Dagmar Whitaker delineated vitiligo treatment in special sites, whereas Robert A. Schwartz highlighted antioxidant prospects for vitiligo. Gary Levy evinced the value of early diagnosis of melanoma. Hendrick Motswaledi skillfully chaired the dermatological pearls session, with Willie Visser sharing treatment pearls including the use of topical timolol for pyogenic granulomas, Ranks Lehloenya providing an acne update, Daniela Tenea explaining the puzzle of skin patterns, and Hilary Carman elaborating on the perplexing concept of multiple chemical sensitivity. Willie Visser stressed an evidence-based approach to the three stages of hidradenitis suppurativa, beginning for Stage 1 with topical clindamycin (1%) for 12 weeks and in Stage II, adding doxycycline (100mg) daily for 2–3 months. Prof. Bernado Rapoport underlined the value of immune checkpoint inhibitors as effective against advanced melanoma. Prof. Francois Jordaan chaired the resident presentation competition, with Robert M. Weiss, Wayne Grayson, and Robert A. Schwartz serving as the three judges.

Guests and members alike proclaimed the success of this event and enjoyed the beauty of South Africa [Figure 5]. Hendrick Motswaledi, Dagmar Whitaker, Mohamed E. Docrat, Noufal Raboobee, and Anita Gordhan were particularly hospitable. Professor Hendrick Motswaledi and his brother Jacob graciously showedRobert A. Schwartz around South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg, including Constitution Hill, and the township of Soweto [Figure 6]. Mohamed E. Docrat showed him Cape Town at night. Dermatology Society of South Africa President Dagmar Whitaker facilitated his visit to magnificent Cape Town, ably assisted by her urologist husband Paul and their trusted companion Sheba.{Figure 5}, {Figure 6}