Dear Colleagues and Friends,
I am very pleased to announce the 11th World Congress on Itch (WCI). For the first time ever, this congress will be held virtually. Initially, it was planned to be held in the exciting city of Shanghai, China, and Yan-Gang Sun had agreed to serve as a local organizer. All of a sudden, the COVID-Pandemic that started at the beginning of 2020 made these plans obsolete. However, a crisis makes creative, and the IFSI board, including the IFSI officers, put a lot of time and energy in planning a virtual World Congress of Itch.
The WCI is a biennial meeting of the International Forum of the Study of Itch (IFSI). Our society aims to be a multidisciplinary international society of clinicians and researchers. All of them are dedicated to improving our understanding of itch in all aspects and especially patient care. We have the mission to advance itch-related research, from basic science to the development of new drugs and to present an exciting and fruitful program of this WCI.
The scientific committee and the local organizer have developed a short program of four hours each day. By doing this, we want to enable that all being interested from all parts of the world, ranging from California to Japan, can attend these 4-hour sessions together.
In 2020, IFSI started the so-called Young Investigator Council (YIC). It was a pleasure to see that a number of young colleagues applied for this council. This is a group of very interested and very engaged young colleagues from countries of all over the world who also want to improve itch research. For the first time ever, the first day of the 11th WCI will contain the sessions of the Special Interest Group (SIG) and a newly launched session organized by the YIC.
I am very excited to see how this virtual 11th WCI will work out, and I wish all of us good luck, exciting results and motivation for our future itch research.
President, International Forum for the Study of Itch (IFSI)
Friends and Colleagues,
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Forum for the Study of Itch (IFSI) decided to hold its 11th World Congress on Itch (WCI) virtually. After successfully organizing the 9th WCI in Wroclaw in 2017, I am honored that the Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology in Wroclaw, Poland, was again selected as local organizer of this important scientific and educational event. I promise that we will do our best to run the 11th WCI virtually as smoothly as possible.
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I would like to invite you to take part in this virtual event that will promote all aspects of itch research. Of course, the virtual meeting will have a different structure. Invited lectures delivered by outstanding itch experts will be an important part of the meeting. However, the 11th WCI welcomes every contribution from young investigators devoted to the progress of itch research.
We plan to offer an international interdisciplinary meeting of interest to physicians and scientists of different branches of medicine and basic science. I do hope that this virtual congress will be an excellent platform for discussing hot topics in the itch field. A virtual meeting offers different possibilities. There is definitely an easier access to such event. We count on all of you, especially paying attention to young generation of colleagues with itch interest. Therefore, several groups are offered free registration to the congress.
Please do not miss the opportunity to participate in the 11th WCI. Please join us virtually in October 2021.
Jacek C. Szepietowski
Chairman of the Organizing Committe