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PIN becomes SPIN - Skin Inflammation & Psoriasis International Network

2017/06/05 - News from the web office

Starting in 2004 and following the European Congress on Psoriasis in Paris (PSO 2004), many participants showed great interest in developing networking activities in the field of psoriasis. Building on this growing interest, and at the initiative of FRT - Fondation René Touraine, key opinion leaders in psoriasis from some 20 countries decided to create the Psoriasis International Network (PIN).

13 years later, this network has grown to gather around 4700 healthcare professionals involved in the management of psoriasis from some 100 countries, as well as 43 patient organisations. During this period, PIN has successfully:

  • organised 5 international congresses on psoriasis and educational symposia during other dermatology meetings
  • built a worldwide directory listing psoriasis medical resources for patients
  • provided organisational support to the development of dedicated outpatient consultations at the local level
  • fostered the development of national and regional networks on psoriasis
  • carried out international studies on the current practice of the use of methotrexate and phototherapy in the treatment of psoriasis
  • initiated a worldwide survey on the use of therapeutic patient education in psoriasis with the aim of developing a toolbox
  • collaborated with the EADV Psoriasis Task Force since 2005.

In 2016, it was decided by the FRT Board of Directors to broaden the scope of the PIN to include other major chronic inflammatory skin diseases. This would allow to benefit from the benchmark of PIN’s actions and achievements in psoriasis and put it to the service of other diseases. With this change, we hope to transfer the know-how acquired on psoriasis (highest standard in issues such as quality of life, high burden and co-morbidities) and build on the collaborations made possible via the PIN network and expand them to other major chronic skin inflammatory diseases.

Following this decision, the former PIN Scientific Committee has decided to change the name of the network to SPIN – Skin Inflammation & Psoriasis International Network. On an operational level, the Committee decided to broaden the network’s scope progressively, one chronic inflammatory skin disease at a time. Starting in 2017, the new SPIN will cover psoriasis and expand its activities to atopic dermatitis.

Consequently, the next congress « SPIN 2019 », to be held on April 25-27, 2019 in Paris, will also include topics on atopic dermatitis. The Spanish Psoriasis Group, who was elected to organise the scientific programme of the 2019 congress, will be supported by a small group of key opinion leaders in atopic dermatitis.

We would also like to inform you that as of May 2017, the new President of the SPIN Scientific Committee is Prof. Jo Lambert (Ghent, Belgium) and the new President-elect is Prof. Phyllis Spuls (Amsterdam, The Netherlands).

Our website will also be progressively updated to accommodate all the changes related to evolving into SPIN, hopefully by next fall.

Should you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

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