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IPC Think Tank addresses psoriasis ‘hot topics’

The IPC Think Tank is an annual event in which the organization’s key stakeholders gather to discuss the most pressing issues facing the clinical management and scientific understanding of psoriasis. Held this past December in Miami Beach, Florida, nearly 100 attendees participated in the meeting with representation from 17 countries. The scientific session of the event was organized around several “hot topics” in psoriasis, stimulating discussion to further develop IPC’s 2020 strategic plan. These topics included: P4 medicine (predictive, preventive, personalized, participatory approach to medicine), optimizing translational research in psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, and access to medicines. A keynote lecture by IPC Councilor Nicole Ward, United States, explored the challenges of modeling psoriasis inflammation. Presentations were made by IPC board members and councilors Jonathan Barker and Chris Griffiths, United Kingdom; Kevin Cooper and Joel Gelfand, United States; Hervé Bachelez, France; and Claudia de la Cruz, Chile. Invited speaker Wingfield Rehmus of the University of British Columbia, Canada, offered current perspectives on barriers and solutions for expanding access to effective medications.

The second day of this event included a councilors’ meeting followed by the consensus meeting for IPC’s Psoriasis Severity Classification Delphi project. The councilors’ meeting included presentations by the chairs of IPC’s Research, Education, and Patient Care committees (Hervé Bachelez, Claudia de la Cruz, and Bruce Strober, respectively). More discussion followed on opportunities for the IPC to consider over the next 3 years and on themes highlighted during the scientific symposium. These were robust and engaging discussions, which provided the opportunity for key opinion leaders to offer input and ideas for shaping future IPC projects.

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