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Previewing the 2024 Society for Pediatric Dermatology Annual Meeting: What to Expect

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The conference aimed at providing pediatric dermatology clinicians with the latest in the specialty begins tomorrow in Toronto, Ontario.

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Attendees are gearing up for the 2024 Society for Pediatric Dermatology (SPD) Annual Meeting, which begins tomorrow in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and ends July 14. Every year, pediatric dermatology clinicians from across the country and world gather for 3 days of networking, collaboration, and engaging sessions representing a variety of dermatological conditions, research, and innovation.

Established in 1975, the SPD is comprised of more than 1500 current members. It is currently the only national organization in the US dedicated to the pediatric dermatology specialty. Its mission is to “advance the specialty through education and research, to develop new means of treatment, and to provide advocacy in support of pediatric patients with skin, hair and nail disorders,” and the organization prides itself on core values such as exceptional and unparalleled focus on pediatric skin disorders, promotion of skin health and disease prevention, and more.

This year’s 49th annual conference is led by course directors Brandi Kenner-Bell, MD, and Lacey Kruse, MD, of Northwestern University/Lurie Children’s Hospital; and Miriam Weinstein, MD, and Cathryn Sibbald, MD, of University of Toronto/Sick Kids Hospital.

Today, some attendees are already on site in Toronto participating in sponsored advisory boards and welcome/networking receptions.

Sessions Topics at a Glance

  • Acne
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Biologic therapies
  • Dermoscopy
  • Hair disorders
  • Practice management
  • Rare dermatoses
  • Surgery and laser procedures
  • Systemic corticosteroids
  • Systemic diseases
  • Topical therapies
  • Vitiligo

Sessions formally begin tomorrow, July 12. Denise Metry, MD, and Anthony Mancini, MD, kick off the conference with a session on rapid-fire diagnostic and therapeutic pearls. Following their session, Lisa Weibel, MD, will present the first of 2 Horwitz lectures, discussing signs of systemic diseases, Jen Miller, MD, will speak to attendees about the use of systemic corticosteroids in young patients, and Albert Yan, MD, will discuss the use of artificial intelligence in dermatologic care. Following a break, attendees can attend additional sessions on inflammatory hair disorders, great debates in pediatric dermatology, and more.

On day 2, Annette Wagner, MD, and Melinda Jen, MD, will begin a full day of sessions with a discussion on surgical and laser best practices. Julie Schaffer, MD, will present the Founders Lecture. Throughout the day, there will be informative sessions on hormonal therapy in pediatric acne, non-steroidal topical therapies, updates from major medical meetings from the year thus far, and more.

On the third and final day, the agenda will be filled with sessions on managing your practice, rare and frightening dermatoses of the newborn, and more.

Throughout the many sessions, attendees will also be provided with several opportunities to engage in networking and explore the city of Toronto.

Dermatology Times will be covering the conference live in person, reporting on numerous engaging sessions, as well as conducting exclusive interviews with experts in the specialty.

Some of the upcoming content from the SPD Annual Meeting include discussions on vitiligo in young patients, addressing misinformation, and more.

See the full SPD Annual Meeting agenda here.

To keep up with all conference coverage from SPD, click here. To receive updates and top insights from the meeting, subscribe to our E-newsletters for pediatric pearls straight to your inbox.

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