Message from the Chairperson, Organizing Committee, ICTD 2020
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
A warm welcome from Sri Lanka!
On behalf of the Sri Lanka College of Dermatologists (SLCD) it is my pleasure to welcome you all to the 2ndInternational Conference on tropical Dermatology, to be held from 13th– 15thAugust 2020 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The first ever International conference on Tropical Dermatology was held in August 2016 in Colombo. This conference was attended by more than 350 delegates and more than 30 eminent international speakers on many areas of expertise. Following the success of this conference the SLCD is planning to take this important field of Dermatology to a wider scientific audience.
Tropical dermatology focuses on dermatological conditions that are unique, or more common to the tropical and subtropical regions. To the casual observer it may seem that tropical dermatology encompasses tropical infections only. Even though infections constitute the vast majority of dermatological conditions peculiar to the tropics and subtropical regions, there are other, more interesting areas to be explored. Some of these conditions are classified under neglected tropical diseases. One challenge to the clinician handling such cases is the relative lack of research and new therapeutic options for most of the dermatological conditions seen in the tropics.
With the ever increasing global travel and migration, tropical dermatological conditions are no longer confined to the tropical countries. It is therefore important that Dermatologists worldwide become aware of skin diseases and conditions unique to the tropical regions. Our panel of experts, numbering more than 30 from countries representing all the continents, will be sharing their experiences and research at a well compiled scientific programme.
We would also like to extend a warm welcome to all of you to experience the Sri Lankan hospitality and to enjoy the natural beauty and the rich culture of this island nation. The diverse ecology, abundant wildlife, cultural monuments and the exquisite cuisine are some of the attractions of our nation. May I also remind you that Sri Lanka has been nominated as number one tourist destination in the recent past. Even though the unfortunate incidents on Easter Sunday affected our nation adversely, Sri Lanka is recovering fast. Safety concerns are being addressed and we are thankful to the international community for the continued support extended.
Once again I would like to welcome you to the 2nd International Conference on Tropical Dermatology, to share a unique experience.
With warm regards,
Dr. Indira Kahawita
Chairperson, Organizing Committee, ICTD 2020
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SRI LANKA COLLEGE OF DERMATOLOGISTS
Sri Lanka College of Dermatologists (SLCD) was originally started as Sri Lanka Association of Dermatologists (SLAD). It was founded in 1985 with a membership of 13. Under the stewardship of set of dedicated professionals the SLAD accelerated its forward march to achieve status of a College in 2005. From its humble beginnings it has gradually evolved to a professional body with 130 members.
Late Drs. W.D.H. Perera and D.N. Atukorale pioneered the setting up of SLAD. Its founder president Dr. Lakshman Ranasinghe is still actively engaged in the activities of the college. Vision of the founders was focused mainly on enhancing knowledge, promoting research and strengthening International links in Dermatology.
In 1995 SLAD was successful in establishing a separate Board of Study for Dermatology at The Post Graduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. This paved the way to train a sufficient number of Dermatologists to serve the country.
In addition to annual academic sessions other academic activities including lectures, workshops, updates and regional meetings organized by SLCD has contributed towards the continuous education of the membership. Sri Lanka Journal of Dermatology is the official publication of SLCD.
SLCD encourages research which is a compulsory component in the postgraduate training. Recently it acquired equipments to study skin physiology. Every year at the annual sessions of SLCD a gold medal is awarded to the best research project. International links of SLAD has started with its inaugural academic sessions in 1986.It was a joint meeting with German Dermatological Society (GDS) with Prof C. Orfanos from Germany as the chief guest. Subsequently several such meetings with delegations from Germany were held in 1998, 2002, 2005, 2012 and 2015. In 2007 a delegation from SLCD was invited to deliver lectures at the GDS sessions. Every year a consultant dermatologist from Germany comes to Sri Lanka to teach Sri Lankan postgraduate trainees. GDS has donated books and equipments that are very useful to SLCD members.
Visit of the Dowling Club of U.K. in 1996 was another landmark event that added colour to the history of SLCD.
In 2006 a joint meeting of the SLCD and the Singaporean Dermatological Society was held in Colombo. Each year two trainees from Sri Lanka receive the sponsorships to attend the annual sessions of the Singaporean Dermatological society.
SLCD is a member of International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS). Members of the SLCD attend the meetings of World Congress of Dermatology, American Academy of Dermatology and International Society of dermatology. The SLCD has continued to have an active interaction with the above societies which paved the way for young Dermatologists to be awarded scholarships to attend the conferences organized by those societies.
SLCD is a founder member of South Asian Regional Association of Dermatologists (SARAD). Since the inception of SARAD, SLCD has played a significant role in strengthening regional links in Dermatology. South Asian Regional Conference in Dermatology (SARCD) was hosted by SLCD in 2003 and 2013. Both these events were highly successful.
Whenever SLCD hosts an international meeting a special interest is taken to include Tropical Dermatology which provides learning opportunities to all participants. Symposia on leprosy, leishmaniasis and mycoses are examples. Experts from the related fields such as Microbiology, Mycology and Parasitology also function as resource persons during these events. Most meetings are spread over a few days with one day dedicated to a clinical session where the participants are able to see a vast array of skin diseases relevant to tropics. Cultural events and programmes for accompanying persons too have become popular. Ample opportunities are provided to enjoy the scenic beauty of Sri Lanka.
With its growing membership SLCD is looking forward to achieve greater heights in Academic Dermatology. The forthcoming conference in Tropical dermatology will undoubtedly be a leap forward in this direction.