International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS)

Ligue internationale des sociétés dermatologiques
Liga Internacional de Sociedades Dermatológicas
Internationale Liga der Dermatologischen Gesellschaften

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31 July 1957, Stockholm (Sweden), in succession to Permanent Committee of the International League / of Dermatological Societies / -- Comité permanent de la Ligue internationale / des sociétés dermatologiques/, set up 1935, Budapest (Hungary), the first Congress having been held 1889, Paris (France). Rules and Regulations adopted at 11th Congress, 1957, Stockholm, and revised at each subsequent Congress. New Bylaws adopted at 17th Congress, 1987, Berlin West (Germany FR) and at 18th Congress, 1992, New York NY (USA). Bylaws revised 2 July 2002, Paris.


Encourage worldwide advancement of dermatological education, care and science; stimulate cooperation among societies of dermatology and societies interested in all fields of cutaneous medicine and biology worldwide; promote personal and professional relations among dermatologists; represent dermatology in commissions and international health organizations.

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Organizes: International Congress of Dermatology (every 4 years). Through subsidiary committee International Foundation for Dermatology (IFD), maintains: Regional Dermatology Training Centre (RDTC-Tanzania), which serves the 12 countries of the Commonwealth Regional Health Community. Both centres are designed to teach dermatology to individuals involved in delivery of dermatological care to patients in under-served areas; other RDTCs are planned for the future. Developed UNIDERM, a long-range programme to provide education and dermatological health and concerned with cutaneous hygiene, public health, protection from the environment and improved management of cutaneous disability. Grants the 'DermLink Award'.


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  • Medicine
    • Skin

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