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FRT - Fondation René Touraine, an international non-profit organisation since 1991, wishes you a very happy new year!

In 2015, thanks to the valuable involvement of its 3 new Scientific Committees, gathering
 102 European and international renown experts in dermatology, FRT has pursued its efforts to improve healthcare to our patients, in particular those in developing countries:
  • A first committee, gathering representatives from European, Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern countries, has worked on developing a collaborative network focusing on patient needs for rare and undiagnosed skin diseases through the Genodermatoses Network
  • A second committee of international experts has worked to improve access to quality care for patients suffering from psoriasis through the Psoriasis International Network, which gathers some 4700 dermatologists and 40 patient associations across 100 countries
  • A third committee of European experts has worked on improving continuing medical education in dermatology, by developing and updating the online free reference book Therapeutics in Dermatology, an e-dermatology portal with over 13 000 registered health professionals and open to partnerships with pharmaceutical and cosmetical industries willing to support therapeutic progress in dermatology.
These actions are carried in closed collaboration with the EADV, the French Society of Dermatology and the ESDR. The FRT is one of the 4 partners of the European Skin Research Foundation.

Here below you will find a more detailed overview of FRT main actions as well as a presention of our perspectives for 2016.


Therapeutics in Dermatology - a great international service: around 38 384 pages visited per month, with an average time spent by page of 3,55 minutes.

In 2015, Therapeutics in Dermatology achieved several other milestones:
  • 234 chapters have been updated or added and translated into English
  • 60 chapters have tailored information for patients and families as well as some useful links
  • 13059 health professionals are registered and regularly use Therapeutics in Dermatology
    • Dermatologists: over 3955
    • GPs: over 4840
    • MDs from other specialties: over 2333
    • Other health professionals: over 1931
  • addition of some educational videos on the health professionals access, specifically of training courses on chapters about the major genodermatoses


During 2015, the Genodermatoses Network pursued its efforts to get together experts and share expertise, to train health care providers and to further develop a European and international network centered on patient needs.

To achieve these goals, the Genodermatoses Network thanks to the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology's support has organised this past year the following major events:


In 2015, the Psoriasis International Network (PIN) continued its collaborations with national and regional medical networks psoriasis and patient organisations, as well as it pursued its efforts to foster the development of specific psoriasis outpatient clinics around the world.

This past year, PIN has produced some major achievements:

                                       OTHER FRT ACTIONS 

Also in 2015, FRT has contributed to continuing medical education in dermatology by: 
  • awarding 5 fellowships to researchers and clinical dermatologists for international exchanges
  • organising its 23rd high-level Scientific Meeting on "Mast Cells and Urticaria"
  • organizing 2 prestigious lectures in collaboration with the ESDR and the EADV at their respective annual congresses:
    • ESDR Rene Touraine Lecture was given by Marcus Maurer on "Mast Cells - Can’t Live with Them, Can’t Live without Them"
    • EADV Rene Touraine Lecture was given by Thomas Kündig on "Interleukin 1: The central molecule of skin inflammation"


In 2016, we hope to count again with you collaboration in order to:
  • continue the update of the free online reference book Therapeutics in Dermatology and improve its contents by adding to existing chapters expert comments on therapeutic strategies, symposia webcasts, etc., as well as useful resources for patients and families
  • further contribute, via the Genodermatoses Network and thanks to the EADV support, to the organisation of a European Reference Network for Rare and Undiagnosed Skin Disorders (EU), to a strenghtened cooperation with Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern countries, as well as to the training of health care providers 
  • improve, via the Psoriasis International Network, therapeutic education for psoriasis patients by designing a best practice toolbox for health professionals, as well as further knowledge on psoriasis treatment with other research projects and the realisation of the PSO 2016 Congress 
  • pursue our actions for continuing medical education in dermatology (fellowships, scientific meetings and prestige lectures).

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