ISF makes submission advocating for access to potentially ‘life-changing’ new treatment for Atopic Eczema


The ISF has made a submission to the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE) in relation to a new therapy for atopic dermatitis (also known as atopic eczema) and to advocate for wider access for patients to a potentially 'life changing' new drug In 2017, the European Medicines Agency approved a drug called dupilumab (brand name: Dupixent) for the treatment of moderate-to-severe atopic...

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Sunlight, sap and strimmer’s rash – how some plants pose a risk to your skin


The recent spell of sunny weather has encouraged lots of us to get active outdoors, enticing walkers and cyclists to explore the countryside and gardeners to tackle weeds, hedges, ditches and lawns While the odd nettle sting, or scratch from a thorn is quite a common occurrence amongst those who enjoy outdoor pursuits or gardening, there are other less obvious risks posed by plants,...

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IFPA Annual Members Meeting


In July 2019, the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) brought over 90 participants, including psoriasis association representatives, IFPA partners and the IFPA Board and Secretariat, together in Barcelona, Spain, for the annual members meeting to convene and exchange ideas IFPA is a non-profit organisation made up of psoriasis associations around the world IFPA gives...

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HS Information Videos


In November 2018, the ISF, supported by AbbVie, held the first-of-its-kind 'Skin Matters' meeting and webinar for people living with hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) Through a panel discussion with HS patient advocates, Suzanne Moloney and Barry McGrath, Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Anne Marie Tobin, and GP, Dr Catherine Wilkinson, the meeting aimed to explore common problems and issues for...

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GlobalSkin 2019 Conference


In June 2019, the International Alliance of Dermatology Patient Organizations (IADPO), also known as GlobalSkin, brought over 120 skin patient group leaders from 35 countries together in Milan for three unique events: the RareDERM Forum, the Atopic Eczema Forum and the GlobalSkin 2019 Conference The RareDERM Forum and Atopic Eczema Forum each spanned two-days and took place just before the...

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ISF at the 4th Annual UCD Festival


On Saturday, 8th June, the UCD campus was transformed for the 4th annual UCD Festival The event is now a firm fixture on the family festival calendar and aims to showcase the innovation, creativity and research that takes place on campus every day with a host of stands, exhibitions and  indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy each year The Irish Skin Foundation were delighted to take part...

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All you need to know about fungal nail infections


Fungal infection of the nails is a common condition worldwide It can be diagnosed by your GP These fungal infections are also known as onychomycosis or tinea unguium Signs At first you may just see a spot of discolouration (whitish to yellow-brown) at the tip of your nail, and without treatment it will eventually spread The affected nail can become thickened, splits and crumbles If left...

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Interactive Webinar on Melanoma – 18th June 2019


The South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital and Dermcloud are pleased to announce their upcoming interactive webinar on Melanoma Date: Tuesday, 18th June 2019 Time: 20:00 to 22:00 Cost: €3000   Agenda 20:00 Welcome & Introduction, Dr Michelle Murphy, Consultant Dermatologist, South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital, Cork 20:05 Epidemiology & Early...

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ISF Publishes New Melanoma Skin Cancer Leaflet


Ireland’s First National Skin Cancer Prevention Plan launched to encourage the public to #ProtectYourSkin Our new Melanoma Skin Cancer Leaflet, endorsed by the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), Healthy Ireland and the Irish Association of Dermatologists (IAD) has been published to coincide with the launch of Ireland’s first National Skin Cancer Prevention Plan earlier this...

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ISF Proud to be Part of Working Group to Develop Ireland’s First National Skin Cancer Prevention Plan


Ministers launch Skin Cancer Prevention Plan and call on people to #ProtectYourSkin Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD and Minister of State for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne TD have launched the first National Skin Cancer Prevention Plan 2019 – 2022 for Ireland The plan is aimed at tackling the most common type of cancer in Ireland Over 11,000 cases of skin cancer are diagnosed...

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University Hospital Kerry to Launch Pigmented Lesion Clinic on 18th May


Free walk-in skin cancer screening to take place to mark the launch and Euro-Melanoma 2019 University Hospital Kerry (UHK) have announced the official launch of a Pigmented Lesion Clinic (PLC), which will open on Saturday, 18th May The Clinic will be a consultant-led service, situated in the Out-Patient Department of the hospital The consultant-led, Pigmented Lesion Clinic (PLC) is a rapid...

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All hubs and no spokes? Equity of access for dermatology patients


Research needed to reveal impact of “distance-decay” on health utilisation The Irish Skin Foundation (ISF) has called for research into the effects that a household’s distance from specialist dermatology services is having on patients living with chronic inflammatory skin disorders such as psoriasis, atopic eczema and hidradenitis suppurativa “We know anecdotally from the ISF...

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