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2017 ERN-SKIN Course

The ERN-SKIN course will be held on 14 & 15 May 2017 in Helsinki, Finland

Date: May 14-15, 2017
Place: Skin and Allergy Hospital, Helsinki, Finland
Organizers: Department of Dermatology and Allergology, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital (HUH) with the support of the ERN-SKIN training group and FRT-Fondation René Touraine.
Programme: How to use new genetic methods in clinical diagnostics of rare skin diseases
Registration: please contact Mrs. Virve Vahterkoski-Sjöblom: Virve.Vahterkoski-Sjoblom(at)hus.fi
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About the ERN-SKIN: 56 healthcare providers endorsed by their national authority from 18 countries are partners of the ERN-SKIN. By pooling knowledge and expertise, the ERN-Skin objective is to improve the access to quality and safe care for children and adults with rare, low prevalence and undiagnosed skin disorders.

The programme will focus on "How to use new genetic methods in clinical diagnostics of rare skin diseases" with interactive discussion and talks:

Sunday, May 14th

Welcome and introduction to the theme and ERN Skin network
Annamari Ranki, Professor and Chairperson, Department of Dermatology and allergology, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital (HUH)
Common and rare subtypes of Epidermylosis Bullosa: from clinic to molecular diagnosis,
Maya el-Hachem, professor Pediatric Dermatology Unit, Bambino Gesú Children’s Hospital, IRCCS, Rome, Italy
Departure for Dinner on board and archipelago cruising

Monday May 15th

Rare Diseases – the need for registries, networking and collaboration
Dr. Mikko Seppänen, Director, HUH Rare Diseases Unit (HAKE)

How to identify disease causing mutations with novel genomics methods? - Clinical examples
Janna Saarela, Research Director and Head of the FIMM Technology Center

Genodermatoses: not only genes
Smail Hadj-Rabia professor, Department of Dermatalogy, referral Center for Genodermatoses (MAGEC) Imagine Institute, Necker-Enfants maladies Hospital (AP-HP), Paris, France

Role of a clinical geneticist in genodermatoses
Sirpa Kivirikko, Ass.professor, Department of Clinical Genetics, University of Helsinki and HUH

How should dermatologists and clinical geneticists work in unison? - Patient case example Palmoplantar keratodermas
Katariina Hannula-Jouppi, Ass. professor, Section Chief, Department of Dermatology and allergology University of Helsinki and HUH and Sirpa Kivirikko


Patient case examples: eczemas that turned out to be genodermatoses
Katariina Hannula-Jouppi

Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) gene: Beyond café au lait spots and dermal neurofibromas
Sirkku Peltonen, Ass.professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Turku and Turku University Hospital

Autoinflammatory syndromes with skin involvement
Mikko Seppänen

Short break

Skin transcriptomics as a new source of diagnostic markers in skin disorders
Juha Kere, Professor of Genetics & Molecular Medicine, King’s College, London, and Professor of Molecular Genetics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm

Interactive discussion
Katariina Hannula-Jouppi, Annamari Ranki


Meeting Venue
The Skin and allergy hospital, Helsinki University Central Hospital address is:
HUS Skin and Allergy Hospital
Meilahdentie 2
FIN-00260 Helsinki, Finland.

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Congratulations to our 5 grant recipients!

ERN-SKIN is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2017 ERN-SKIN course grant! ERN-SKIN awarded 5 grants for health care professionals from European Union Member States which have no health care provider member of the ERN-SKIN or with insufficient number of patients or lacking technology or expertise to provide highly specialized services for patient with rare skin disorders.

2017 Grantees:

  • Anthoula Chatzikyriakidou, Laboratory of Medical Biology-Genetics, Medical School, Aristotle University, Greece
  • Katarína Soršaková Trnovská, Children’s faculty hospital, Department of dermatovenerology, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Luca Lovrecic, University Medical Center Ljubljana, Clinical Institute of Medical Genetics, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Sanita Zigure, The Children’s University Hospital, Riga, Latvia
  • Radostina Deliyska, University hospital "Prof. Dr. Stoyan Kirkovich" Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

Transportation to Skin and Allergy Hospital

From the airport

  • by taxi: The taxi journey from the airport takes approx. 25 minutes to Skin and Allergy Hospital and 30minutes to the centre of Helsinki.
  • by Finnair airport bus first to railway station and from there by tram 4 (as below)

From city center

Following hotels are comfortably situated at city center along the route of tram 4. Tram 4 stop is just below Skin and Allergy Hospital.

Cumulus City Meilahti Helsinki
Tukholmankatu 2 00250 Helsinki
Tel: +358 200 48 146
Fax: +358 20 601 9100

Crowne Plaza Helsinki
Mannerheimintie 50
00260 Helsinki
Tel. +358 200 48 101
Fax. +358 20 601 9103

Scandic Park Helsinki
Mannerheimintie 46,
00260 Helsinki
Tel:+358 9 47371
Fax: +358 9 4737 2211

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks. The city’s rhythm is laid back yet at the same time refreshingly active in terms of both the number and quality of restaurants and nightclubs.

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