Singapore Hosts the 25th World Congress of Dermatology – The First in Southeast Asia, Drawing Over 11,000 Delegates to Discuss New Developments in Skin Research and Treatments
Themed ‘Dermatology Beyond Borders’, WCD2023 is one of the largest international medical conventions in the region, and is set to gather over 11,000 local and foreign delegates, including clinicians, scientists, other health-care professionals and industry partners across 130 countries to unveil new advancements in dermatology and skin research
SINGAPORE, July 3, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — For the first time in Southeast Asia, Singapore hosts the World Congress of Dermatology, the world’s most prestigious and influential dermatological congress. The 25th World Congress of Dermatology (WCD2023) is taking place in Singapore at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre today and will run until 8th July 2023.
Hosted by the Dermatological Society of Singapore (DSS) under the auspices of the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS), WCD2023 has drawn more than 11,000 delegates to Singapore and is expected to bring in S$28 million in tourism receipts for the Republic. Other supporting organisations are the National Skin Centre and the Skin Research Institute of Singapore. Industry support has been outstanding, with over 17 major sponsors and 95 exhibitors participating.
The congress’ scientific programme will be extensive and diverse with 208 symposiums, 15 keynote talks, 24 courses, and 19 expert forums, among others. It will highlight significant dermatological advances and explore pertinent medical and scientific issues relating to the art and science of dermatology.
The WCD has been the leading international dermatological conference for over 130 years. Since its inception in 1889, the WCD has traversed the globe across 19 cities. In line with its theme ‘Dermatology Beyond Borders’, WCD2023 seeks to expand the horizons of dermatology, to increase patient and community engagement; to transcend borders, physical and societal, and to be an inclusive conference that celebrates diversity.
“As we emerge from a period of health and economic turmoil, WCD2023 will be all the more significant in re-unifying medical and scientific experts as we chart new ways forward. This is the first time that the WCD2023 will be held in Singapore, as well as South and Southeast Asia, which is home to a population of 2.3 billion people and over 30,000 dermatologists,” shares Professor Roy Chan, President of the 25th World Congress of Dermatology.
Professor Roy Chan adds, “Held every four years, the WCD is often referred to as the ‘Olympics of Dermatology’. By providing a forum for specialists from all corners of the world, we hope that the WCD2023 will be able to catalyse ideas, increase collaboration and re-establish networks that will expand the boundaries of dermatology knowledge and skin science.”
As the first WCD to be held in the tropics, the congress looks to focus on pertinent illnesses. There will be sessions that discuss migrant and refugee skin health, neglected tropical skin diseases, and diseases in skin of colour. These sessions will also highlight the importance of skin diseases in relation to human suffering and climate change, global skin health, and dermatological care in underserved nations and the global south.
Key Highlights for WCD2023’s ‘Dermatology Beyond Borders’
A broad area of dermatology will be covered during the congress period – from psoriasis, eczema, skin cancers, aesthetic and procedural dermatology to diseases of the hair and nails, pigmentary disorders, pathology and infections. The comprehensive symposia sessions will cover the basic science, epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of said areas of dermatology.
To promote dynamic dialogues revolving around crucial areas of dermatology, the congress will also feature thought-provoking debate-style presentations on the controversies in dermatology, challenging contentious or disputed statements in the field. Expert forums will allow for in-depth discussions while encouraging audience participation. In addition, didactic courses will be held for participants seeking to expand their expertise in specific dermatological fields.
“Singapore is honoured to host Southeast Asia’s first World Congress of Dermatology (WCD). Being the gateway to the fast-growing Asia Pacific, Singapore’s focus on innovation, health sciences and Medtech makes us an ideal host for WCD2023. As we reimagine the business events industry, we look forward to working with partners such as the International League of Dermatological Societies who prioritise sustainable congresses and are leaders in the field of medical advancements globally,” said Dr Edward Koh, Executive Director, Conventions, Meetings & Incentive Travel, Singapore Tourism Board.
This year, WCD2023 has also introduced the WCD2023 Green Policy to establish clear guidelines and principles for all decision-making, event planning, production, and participation throughout the conference. In line with this sustainability manifesto, the congress is also supporting the OneMillionTrees movement in Singapore to contribute to restoring nature and plant one million additional trees over the next 10 years.
You may also access the press kit HERE and find more information on the official website at wcd2023singapore.org.
About the 25th World Congress of Dermatology
The World Congress of Dermatology (WCD) is the leading international dermatological conference spanning 130 years of history. Since its inception in 1889, the WCD has traversed the globe across 19 cities, bringing together dermatologists, scientists, researchers and industry professionals from all over the world.
Held in South and Southeast Asia for the first time, the WCD2023 hosted by Singapore has the theme ‘Dermatology Beyond Borders’. As the first to be held in a tropical city, the congress will look to shed light on skin of colour, to draw attention to the importance of skin diseases in relation to human suffering and morbidity, global skin health and dermatological care in underserved nations and the global south. WCD2023 looks to address the latest clinical, scientific, social, and cultural aspects of dermatology and its related fields, while enhancing patient and community engagement, and promoting the understanding of basic, translational and implementation science to chart new ways forward for the industry as a whole.
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