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A message from the organizers

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a debilitating skin disorder that destroys not only skin areas rich in apocrine glands but, and most importantly, human lives of young people rendering them incapable to enjoy life entering them into a vicious cycle of daily restriction and lack of function and loss of life appetite. Our boundaries in the management of HS are coming from our incomplete understanding of pathogenesis. It is obvious that further steps in HS cannot only come from fancy –omics technologies but, mainly, from using the skills that have been founded in Medicine from our ancient ancestors; listening to the patients describing symptoms and feelings; close observation of clinical findings; and critical thinking.

We are very proud to welcome you in our capital city Athens for the 9th Conference of the European Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation. Our target for this conference is how philosophical stochaism for a disease, exactly as described in Hippocrates books, can assist in our in-depth understanding of the mechanisms of HS leading to better patient management. To achieve so, all Greek experts in dermatology, immunology and skin infections are joining their forces. Our work has brought major advances in the HS field at an international level through ground-breaking publications in the field of immunology and genetics and through our participation in large-scale trials. We seek to provide, in collaboration with the European Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation, the best possible educational program. We are also warmly endeavored to acquaint you with our famous Greek hospitality.

PROF. DIMITRIOS RIGOPOULOS, MD, PHD
PROF. EVANGELOS. J. GIAMARELLOS-BOURBOULIS, MD, PHD