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ESDaP European Society for Dermatology and Psychiatry
c/ Westtreuhand Ag
Meinhardstrasse 5
A 6020 Innsbruck Austria


It is with great pleasure that we announce the 19th Conference of the European Society for Dermatology and Psychiatry, which will be held at the Royal College of Physicians, London from 11th to 13th June 2021.

This conference is being held together with the 2nd Brain Skin Colloquium conference. The ESDaP was initially formed following the collaboration of John Cotterill, Peter Berner and Michael Musalek, and the first Psychosomatic Dermatology International Conference took place in 1984 in Vienna. Subsequently the European Society of Dermatology and Psychiatry (ESDaP) emerged from this, and was legally established in 1993.

This society remains a growing multidisciplinary forum where colleagues working in psychodermatology can exchange ideas and further clinico-academic research. ESDaP’s conference is held biennially.

The 19th ESDaP conference will run parallel sessions with General Psychodermatology in the main conference hall and specialized focus symposia in the second hall looking at Atopic Dermatitis and Psychodermatology, Psoriasis and Psychodermatology and Itch and Psychodermatology.
Our meeting will discuss state of the art advances in focused disease specific psychodermatology symposia, as well as all aspects of psychodermatology.

Following the Covid-19 pandemic we plan also to hold a special symposium on psychodermatology applied to Covid-19 research, describing emerging issues for dermatology patients, research and health care professionals. We will be amalgamating expertise from around Europe and globally to address these very important and very pressing aspects of psychodermatology.

The conference is planned to be a hybrid meeting including a face to face meeting and a virtual meeting. The virtual component will remain on line for approximately 3 months. All abstracts will be published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

We invite all researchers and clinicians practicing or researching into psychodermatology to send abstracts via the ESDaP21 website (ESDaP Congress in London).
We anticipate lectures, presentations and poster presentations from pre-eminent clinicians and researchers in psychodermatology from across Europe and global colleagues to provide rich and fascinating cutting edge psychodermatology research.

Registration is now open (reduced rates for members, students, psychologists, trainees, and day attendees). Abstract submission now open (closing date 14.2.21). All abstracts will be published in the Br J Dermatol

Post-graduate Education Program

Online courses for the diploma of psychodermatology

Due to the pandemic situation, we have been working hard to prepare 3 online courses.

These courses were a mixed of online meetings during the 3 days already planned and homework the participants had to do.

These assignments were for the 2 advanced courses preparing lessons on different topics in pairs and presenting a clinical case and their lessons.
For the basic course it was only a clinical case to present. There was also a role playing and other communication exercises to realize through video meetings. All these were of amazing quality !

The large scale of local times could allow us to have only 2 to 3 hours a day together. Effectively our participants were from Europe but also Argentina, Mexico, India and Singapore !

The Basic course, the first step to the ESDaP Diploma in psychodermatology, was given for the first time with participants we didn’t have seen in face to face earlier. It ran also very well and the atmosphere was friendly and warm as we are use to see it in the face-to-face courses.

Since last years 30 participants residents or practitioners in dermatology, psychology and psychiatry are following the steps to the ESDaP Diploma in Psychodermatology.

This year we will continue with the online courses.(see below)


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The European Society for Dermatology and Psychiatry

  • Is a scientific society, established in 1993 in Vienna
  • Provides a forum for European physicians and psychologists working in psychodermatology, psychosomatic dermatology, and dermatopsychiatry,

ESDaP aims

  • to foster exchange of information and ideas
  • to encourage contacts among professionals in the field
  • to improve the quality of scientific research in the area
  • to recruit new members providing important expertise

The ultimate aim of the society is to foster improvement of patient care by putting into practice insights gained through research in psychodermatology.

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