Report from 1st EDEN Forum

24 Apr 2017

By Anna Ascott

School researcher, Dr Sinéad Langan helped organise the first European Dermatology Epidemiology Network (EDEN) Forum, which was held on 30-31 March 2017, in Madrid, Spain  Dermato-Epidemiology, which describes the study of causes, prevention, health services research and evaluation of interventions of skin diseases, is particularly important for dermatology, as a relatively small specialty which looks after a large number of rare diseases. Collaboration across countries and disciplines is important to encourage the highest quality of research and replicate research findings.

The aims of the first EDEN Forum were: 1) to share knowledge from senior EDEN members to juniors with burgeoning interest in dermato-epidemiology 2) to challenge and broaden the knowledge bases of delegates with guest speakers on a range of topics 3) to share innovative research findings, and 4) to encourage interaction and collaboration between people from different disciplines, including dermatologists and epidemiologists, hence EDEN meetings are described as forums rather than congresses. These aims sit within the broader objectives of EDEN, which include forming project groups to initiate collaborative studies on a multinational basis, and to contact and encourage inclusion of isolated groups. 75 delegates represented 11 countries: Spain, The Netherlands, UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Norway, Colombia, Croatia and France. EDEN are very grateful for the support of the AEDV (Spanish Dermatology and Venereology Association).

A pre-conference course on Skin Cancer Epidemiology was facilitated by the skin cancer research group of the Department of Dermatology, Erasmus MC Cancer Institute, Rotterdam. The conference was opened by the local organiser, Ignacio Garçia-Doval, the President of the AEDV, Dr. Pedro Jaen and Sinéad Langan from the London School as outgoing Chair of the European Dermatoepidemiology Network. The main programme saw the sharing of innovative research findings in the form of oral presentations, an interactive poster session, and invited speakers on topics as wide ranging as the philosophy of causality, and statistical method for missing data. The conference was a great success and attendees strongly requested that we make this meeting an annual event.

All conference materials will be available on the EDEN website, and all are welcome to attend next year’s meeting on the 14-16 March 2018, in Berlin. Further details will appear on the EDEN website soon.

The following presentations were given by researchers affiliated to the EHR group at LSHTM.

Presenter Title (mode of presentation)
Dr Harriet Forbes Investigating eczema as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease outcomes in a UK adult population (poster)
Dr Harriet Forbes Quantification of risk factors for postherpetic neuralgia in herpes zoster patients (oral)
Dr Sigrún Schmitt Partner Bereavement and Risk of Herpes Zoster: Results from Two Population-Based Case-Control Studies in Denmark and the UK (oral)