Muscat – In collaboration with the Dermatology Department of Al Nahdha Hospital, the Oman Dermatology Society held ‘Muscat Derm IV’, an international hybrid conference and exhibition on December 3-4, at Grand Millennium Muscat.
The event was hosted under the patronage of Dr Hilal bin Ali al Sabti, executive president of Oman Medical Speciality Board, and witnessed over 45 presentations by various regional and international speakers.
“The conference aims to bridge the gap and induce partnership between the government and private sectors in dermatology and cosmetology, and their professional development. It offers a platform for information exchange and educational, social and professional gain, as well as involves different companies to exhibiting the latest innovations of medical equipment and pharmaceuticals,” said Dr Aisha Abdullah al Ali, president of Oman Dermatology Society and HoD of Dermatology at Al Nahdha Hospital, at the start of the event.
“There is an attendance of over 400 participants from different countries, both physically and virtually. There are also a number of workshops which, no doubt, contribute to the practical skills gained.”
There were eight industry symposiums, 11 plenary sessions with over 25 talks from experts in the field, and four workshops on skin-related topics such as vitiligo, atopic dermatitis, acne, skin restoration, psoriasis, fillers, skin allergies, cosmetic procedures and many more, along with related topics such as Artificial Intelligence in dermatology and the psychological effects of skin related problems on children.
Dr Ahmed al Qahtani, founder of AQ Skin Solutions and a speaker at the session on Growth Factors in Skin Restoration, said, “Regenerative medicine is a developing field in the cosmetic industry. Growth factors target specific areas of the body, and can be medically applied to heal wounded tissues and create artificial skin grafts, thus producing extraordinary results.”
The two-day event witnessed the exhibition of various leading companies in the pharmaceutical and dermatology sector, such as Janssen, Imdad, Eucerin, Novartis, Medex, Leo Pharma, Pfizer, Galderma, ACM Laboratories, and more, who had set up stalls and presentations to exhibit the latest products and innovations in the market.
“Our products, like many others present here, cater to a wide variety of skin concerns, ranging from atopic dermatitis to sun care,” said Vinod Pallikandy, pharmaceutical representative at the Eucerin stall.
M Balla Ahmed, product specialist at Novartis, said, “We are delighted to be able to exhibit our latest products targeting skin concerns such as psoriasis. We thank Muscat Derm for giving us the opportunity. We were able to attend the previous editions of the Muscat Derm event, and look forward to Muscat Derm V, which is scheduled to take place in 2023.”
(Contributed by Akshaya Pavanje)