Key Officer Education ESLD in the Department of Dermatology, Netherlands Institute for Pigment Disorders
Amsterdam University Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dr. Albert Wolkerstorfer works as dermatologist at the Netherlands Institute for Pigment Disorders/Department of Dermatology, Amsterdam University Medical Centre. He combines research with clinical work at the outpatient department of dermatology in Amsterdam. His main academic fields of interest are laser dermatology and pigmented disorders.
Short Description of the Lectures:
- Vitiligo: From Genes to Therapy
In the last decade, major progress has been achieved in knowledge about vitiligo. This progress relates to a new classification, advances in understanding the immunopathogenesis and insight into the genes involved. By now about 50 gene loci have been identified that relate to non-segmental vitiligo, of which most are linked to immunology. While this progress has not resulted yet in new treatments, in the future targeted treatments should become available. The presentation will give an overview over these achievements and highlight therapeutic approaches based on this knowledge.
- Surgical Treatment of Vitiligo
Surgical treatment is still one of the cornerstones of the treatment of vitiligo. Good outcomes regarding repigmentation can be achieved in the right hands and with the right indication. The presentation will focus on the different techniques, their specific advantages and disadvantages, their indications, pitfalls and recommendations for daily practice.
- Fractional Lasers: Common and Uncommon Use
Fractional lasers have been introduced in 2004 with the pioneering publication from Dieter Manstein et al. Within just a few years this technique has led to a huge market that was primarily directed to skin rejuvenation. However, with the years it became clear that also many different skin disorders can be improved with this technique. The presentation will focus on the different types of fractional lasers, their laser tissue interaction and the common and uncommon indications for fractional lasers.