Message from Organisers

                 Skin@Bath Network Symposium 2019

                               Welcome Message

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the members of the Organising Committees we would like to welcome you to the “Second Skin@Bath Network Symposium” which will be held from 12th-13th December 2019 in the historical venue of ‘Old Theatre Royal’ (Masonic Hall), 12 Old Orchard Street, Bath BA1 1JU, United Kingdom (

The purpose of Skin@Bath network symposium is to foster interdisciplinary collaborations for innovative projects in skin photoprotection as well as skin-related drug design, delivery, and therapy of chronic inflammatory skin disorders and skin cancer both at national and international levels.

We envision that networking through this symposium will attract unprecedented collaborations to apply for ground-breaking program grants and strategic global funding programs in partnership with the pharmaceutical industry to tackle the unmet needs of individuals/patients.  This will translate research into the development and delivery of innovative approaches and therapies for skin photoprotection and skin-related disorders, respectively.

We are delighted to continue our partnership with the Bath Institute for Rheumatic Diseases, who provide administrative support and some sponsorship for the conference, as part of their work to bring clinicians and scientists together to progress rheumatology research, education, and patient engagement.

 The first event of 2017 attracted over 110 delegates in the form of invited speakers (39), invited chairs, company sponsors (Sanofi, Abbvie, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, La Roche-Posay/L’Oreal, Derm Eyes/Dermocular, Blue Photonics) and delegates (Academics, Postdoctoral fellows, Postgraduate students, Undergraduate students, industrial delegates, Dermatologist and Rheumatic consultants and medical trainees). International speakers and delegates joined us from as far as the USA, Canada, Israel, China, Germany, France, and Turkey.

 The excellent nature of the scientific program was recognised and accredited by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom (12 Category 1 CPD credits, course code RCP 116003).

As well as increasing collaboration across clinical specialties and disciplines in skin research, one of the main aims of the Network and symposia is to encourage young clinical and scientific investigators and trainees to take part and lead in skin research.

In keeping with this goal, we have introduced a short trainee session, which will run concurrently with 90 minutes of the main meeting.  The trainee session is aimed at clinical and scientific trainees as well as post-graduate professionals. This year the tutorials/talks will focus on carrying out research when in a clinical job; skin research in association with the National Institute of Health Research; HIV-related skin disease; psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and their screening tools and treatments.

We are delighted to announce that the “Skin@Bath Network Symposium 2019” has also been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 12 category 1 (external) CPD credit(s), course code RCP 127453).

Many of you will travel long distances to attend this meeting in the historic city of Bath.  Some of you will visit Bath for the first time whereas others have been fortunate to visit the city before.  Although we will have a very intense scientific programme over the next two days, we have also been able to organise a reception dinner on the 12th which we trust will provide a relaxing networking opportunity at what is a particularly special time of the year in the run-up to the Festive period. We trust that during the meeting you will have plenty of opportunities not only to renew old friendships with long-term collaborators but also to establish new collaborations.  We also hope that in the future we will be able to look back on this meeting in Bath as the second of a regular series of Symposium devoted to skin.

We wish you a fruitful and pleasant stay in Bath.

Best wishes, Charareh Pourzand and Caoimhe Fahy