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Call for ESCD research project funding 2019

30 April, 2019

A call for research funding is hereby announced for members of the ESCD. The project must relate to the objectives of the ESCD and thus promote the understanding and increase the knowledge on fields of interest for the ESCD such as cutaneous allergy, contact dermatitis, occupational and environmental dermatoses. The budget is limited to €10,000

How to apply:
Apply online

Deadline 2 August 2019. Winner announced 27 September 2019.

The Executive Committee of the ESCD will appoint neutral expert evaluators after having reviewed the applications.

Final report:
The PI shall submit a report on the major results of the project and an account of the money used. The report shall be sent to the Secretary of the Society no later than 6 months after the termination of the project. The report with the major results will be presented on the website.

Presentation of results: 
The PI, with collaborators, are encouraged to present results from the project at scientific meetings/congresses and in scientific publications, for example at the biannual ESCD congress and in the Journal of Contact Dermatitis when suitable. The funding from the ESCD should be acknowledged in these presentations.

ESCD “best paper award” 2018/2

11 March, 2019

The ESCD “Best Paper Award” 2/2018 has been awarded for the contribution “Activation of T cells by dendritic cells exposed to a reference sensitizer: Towards a promising model to assess the allergenic potential of chemicals” by Isabelle Sponne et al., National Institute for Research and Safety (INRS), Dept. of Toxicology and Biometrology, Rue du Morvan, CS 60027, 54019 Vandœvre-lès-Nancy, France. It has been published in Contact Dermatitis 2018 Aug;79(2):67-75, see

Wolfgang Uter, 11 March 2019

Fragrances and Essential Oils (Vol. 2 of “Monographs in Contact Allergy”) by Anton de Groot out now

11 March, 2019

Anton de Groot has just published a new book in the recently started series “Monographs in Contact Allergy”, namely, the second volume on “Fragrances and Essential Oils”. This is a follow-up to the first volume, in two parts, on “Non-fragrance allergens in cosmetics”. The new release has 946 pages, in an approximately A4 format, has 946 pages and weights almost 5 kg. No wonder, as overall 165 fragrance substances, 16 plant constituents as well as 79 essential oils (several with different variants) are featured in short monographs. In case of the fragrances (self-)regulatory standards, as far as in place, are mentioned, and references have been added to all chapters. Structural formulas complement information on single substances. The part on essential oils greatly benefits from the co-operation with Erich Schmidt, with whom Anton de Groot has already published a reference work on the constituents of essential oil. That work is probably mainly interesting for basic scientists, also in industry, or regulatory agencies, while the present work is clearly targeting the interested dermatologist and allergy specialist. The price is 155 GBP ( and thus evidently not light-weight – as the book itself – but considering the immense amount of work which went into this reference, it is certainly worth every Pound (or Euro or Dollar). BTW, I don’t own stocks of acdegroot Publishing and neither receive any benefits (apart from holding one copy of this great works in my hands).

Wolfgang Uter, 8.3.2019

SAM abstract submission deadline extended

17 January, 2019

Abstract submission deadline has been extended to the 23 January
Submit abstract 

The EAACI/ESCD Skin Allergy Meeting is the leading European meeting in 2019 devoted to skin allergy. The fifth edition of this biennial event will take place from 4–6 April 2019 in Munich, Germany at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). SAM will be held in collaboration with the European Society for Contact Dermatitis (ESCD).

Candidates for vacant positions on the Executive Committee

1 September, 2018

The Executive Committee is delighted to announce the following candidates have been proposed for the forthcoming vacant positions on the Executive:

President Elect – Kristiina Aalto Korte (Finland)

Secretary – Mihaly Matura (Sweden)

Treasurer – Vera Mahler (Germany)

A vote will take place at the General Assemble Meeting at the Milan Congress.


David Orton, Secretary ESCD

ESCD “best paper award” 2018/1

8 August, 2018

The ESCD “Best Paper Award” 1/2018 has been awarded for the contribution “Imaging mass spectrometry for novel insights into contact allergy – a proof-of-concept study on nickel” by Per Malmberg et al., Occupational Dermatology, Department of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, 413 45 Göteborg, Sweden. It has been published in Contact Dermatitis 2018 Feb;78(2):109-116, see

Wolfgang Uter, 8 August 2018

4th Edition of ‘Patch Testing’ by A.C. de Groot has been published

30 July, 2018

the 4th Edition of  ‘Patch Testing’ has been published. It provides patch test concentrations and vehicles for 4900 chemicals and substances, for some 100 groups of chemically or functionally related chemicals and nearly 200 (finished) products. In addition, lists are provided of chemicals which have caused photosensitivity, immediate contact reactions and patch test sensitization.

This new Edition consists of 600 pages and has nearly 1000 literature references. Improvements in this edition include

  1. the addition of CAS numbers to all chemicals, the consistent use of INCI names for main entries
  2. the positioning of prefixes (cis-, dl-, tert-, p-, bis- etc.) and figures (2,4-, 1,3,5- etc.) before the names
  3. prefixes are now italicized according to chemistry convention (e.g., cis-, dl-, tert-, p-, o-, m-, d-, l-, trans, N-, R-, S-)
  4.  corrections of previously incorrectly spelled names (mistakes and imperfections came to light when looking for CAS numbers).

More information on the book and its contents can be found at

ESCD “best paper award” 2017/2

12 February, 2018

The ESCD “Best Paper Award” 2/2017 has been awarded for the contribution Allergic contact der matitis caused by isobornyl acrylate in Freestyle® Libre, a newly introduced glucose sensor” by Anne Herman and Olivier Aerts et al., Department of Dermatology, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, 1200, Brussels, Belgium, and Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Antwerp and University of Antwerp, 2650, Antwerp, Belgium, respectively, published in Contact Dermatitis 2017: 77: 367373 (see

Wolfgang Uter, 12 February 2018