09sep 19Join the Belgian Pediatric Dermatology Association

On behalf of the co-founders, I am pleased to announce that the BPDA, the Belgian Pediatric Dermatology Association, has been created on last December, 15 and has been introduced into the BSP by the President-in- Office of the BSP, Prof. Anne Malfroot, during the last BSP congress on March, 22, 2019.

We are very happy that the General Assembly approved the incorporation of the BPDA inside the BSP. In doing so, our newly recognized subspecialty can jump onto the big train of Belgian Pediatrics as the latest car.

I would like to thank my friend Dirk Van Gysel, who had been convinced of our shared goal since the beginning and has built the BPDA’ s foundations with me. Thanks to the other board members and the founding members for their enthusiasm and commitment. Thanks also to Prof. Anne Malfroot and the BSP board for their kind support and Natacha for her secretariat coming help.

In a guest editors’ address from 2014, Dirk and I were reporting in the BJP : « A survey designed by the Society for Pediatric Dermatology in the United States provided evidence to support the importance of early exposure to the field of Pediatric Dermatology… ».

Our statutes have been written in this way, … intentionally open to all pediatricians. Actually, the first condition for effective membership is « … having an interest for Pediatric Dermatology… ». So the BPDA intention is to gather enthusiastic pediatricians wishing to actively improve their knowledge in pediatric dermatology around trained, confirmed dermatopediatricians to drive the association.

Teaching activities, training courses, symposia had already started for some years and are further being scheduled in Belgium and abroad.
The active membership of Dirk inside the board of the ESPD, European Society for Pediatric Dermatology and the ISPD, International Society of Pediatric Dermatology will surely provide a useful link with the global community of pediatric dermatologists.

Despite some difficulties, we also want to continue to persuade Belgian dermatologists that Pediatric Dermatology needs specific skills and that pediatricians and dermatologists have to put their own knowledge and experience together.

Eventually, Dirk and I want to thank the president of the VVK, Ann and all the members for the warm welcome you will grant to our association.

Ready to join us? Conditions and applications for membership are starting within a few weeks at the time of the BSP membership renewal.
Should you need some information now, please, don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing bpda_dermato@hotmail.com.

We are looking forward to welcoming you aboard!

Best regards,


Vincent Bernier

Dirk Van Gysel

Justine Pêtre

Hannelore De Maeseneer

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