Summary of the 2nd Science Days of the Austrian Society of Dermatology and Venereology
Fuschl am See, January 12 – 14, 2017

After the successful launch of the 1st Science Days by the Austrian Society of Dermatology and Venereology in Bad Aussee last year, the 2nd Science days took place in Fuschl am See, Salzburg, January 12 – 14, 2017. The central idea of the Science Days is to bring together young basic scientists and clinicians that interact and communicate with established researchers in a productive environment.

The organizing and scientific committee (figure 1) implemented this idea with an excellent scientific program that gave young investigators the chance to present their original data and bring them together with experienced principal investigators and distinguished guest speakers in order to discuss techniques and exchange suggestions for experimental troubleshooting.

Highlights of this year’s Science Days included the inspiring talks of five invited experts of the field. Prof. Levesque (University of Zurich) introduced the comprehensive database of melanoma patients in Zurich and its impact on biomarker discovery and precision medicine. Prof. McGrath (King´s College of London) gave a fetching lecture on genodermatoses and the progress in diagnostics and treatment over the past years. We were thrilled by the lecture of Prof. De Luca (Center for Regenerative Medicine, Modena) on the development of gene therapy in EpidermolysisBullosa patients and the administrative struggles he had to overcome in the last years in order to use this new approach as live-saving therapy today. Prof. Esser (Leibniz-InstitutfürUmwelt-medizinischeForschungDuesseldorf)  shared with us her findings on the skin barrier integrity and its implication on future therapeutic concepts in skin barrier diseases. Prof. Gerner (Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Vienna) fascinated with the applications of proteomics to different fields of dermatological research.

In addition to the excellent invited speakers, the quality of submitted presentations was extremely high with each of the accepted abstracts given the chance to be introduced and discussed as poster or oral talk. To enable young scientists the exchange of ideas and acquisition of new techniques in another laboratory of his/her choice, we granted two mobility awards (Euro 2000 each). The prize committee, consisting of Prof. Elbe-Bürger (Vienna), Prof. Romani (Innsbruck) and Prof. Hötzenecker (St. Gallen/Linz) had the hard task to choose between many excellent presentations and awarded Ms. Terlecki-Zaniewicz(Vienna) for the best oral and Mr. Stefan Hainzl (Salzburg) for the best poster presentation. We are looking forward to the presentations of the awardees on the usage of the prize money within the next two years.

The feedback we received encouraged us to keep the format of the Science Days as a small and highly interactive meeting for young scientist. This will strengthen dermatological research in Austria and inspire the next generation of dermatologists to perform clinical and, importantly, academic dermatology with all its fascinating aspects.

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