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12th World Congress on Itch

Miami, Florida, USA

November 5-7, 2023

Gil Yosipovitch, MD

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I am very pleased to announce that the 12th World Congress on Itch (WCI) will be held in the exciting city of Miami on Nov 5-7, 2023.

The IFSI World Congress on Itch is the world largest gathering of itch professionals. The WCI is a biennial meeting of the International Forum of the Study of Itch (IFSI) the leading authority on itch and the largest multidisciplinary association in the field of itch.

This premier event brings together clinicians, researchers, industry and other partners from around the world and across itch disciplines.

The scientific committee and the local organizer have developed an exciting comprehensive program that will promote understanding of basic and  translational science of itch. We aim to increase our understanding of itch and foster cooperation and collaboration with itch experts from around the world and exchange ideas and education to stimulate support for the study of itch.

The 12th WCI will present a broad, deep and interesting scientific program that will cover all clinical  and research areas related to itch as well as Special Interest Groups (SIGS).

The 12th WCI will be especially significant as we emerge from the difficult period of health and economic turmoil that occurred in the last several years that prevented us from attending meetings in person.

I am looking forward to meeting all of you at the 12th WCI in Miami and celebrate the major achievements that our field has made.

Best,

Gil Yosipovitch, MD

Chair Organizing Committee

Elke Weisshaar, MD

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I am very pleased to announce the 12th World Congress on Itch (WCI). After a long break due to the pandemic we can meet again in person in Miami, Florida, USA from November 5-7, 2023.

The WCI is a biennial meeting of the International Forum of the Study of Itch (IFSI). IFSI is a lively multidisciplinary international society of clinicians and researchers dedicated to advancing itch research, from basic science to new drug development. The mission of IFSI is to present an exciting and fruitful program of this WCI with excellent networking opportunities.

We are in a time of various developments in the itch research field. The scientific program of the 12th World Congress on Itch (WCI) will focus on all aspects of itch, from genetics, pathophysiology, clinics, diagnosis to therapy. 

We are looking forward to an excellent meeting with scientists and clinicians from different continents and countries around the world and sharing new and exciting  itch research. I add my best wishes for a successful and fruitful WCI and thank the local organizer Gil Yosipovitch and his team very much for their important work.

The spirit of Miami will add to the pleasure of the meeting and provide unforgettable memories beyond the science.

See you in Miami!

Elke Weisshaar

President, International Forum for the Study of Itch (IFSI)

Local Organizing Committee

Galit Yosipovitch, MBA, Eng

Vice Chair (planning)

Leigh Nattkemper, PhD

Vice Chair (scientific)

Ethan Lerner, MD, PhD

Santosh Mishra, PhD

Main Topics

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  • Current itch and scratch assessments tools
  • New tools to assess itch and scratching 
  • Brain imaging of itch
  • 3D skin imaging in itch
  • Itch  in systemic diseases
  • Pruritus in chronic kidney disease: what is new?
  • Pruritus in chronic liver disease: what is new
  • Itch in atopic eczema: new mechanisms
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  • Itch in psoriasis: what is new 
  • Prurigo nodularis: update
  • Psychological factors in itch
  • Itch neurons: update 
  • Neural sensitization and itch
  • Itch and pain interactions 
  • TRP and channelopathies in itch 
  • Comparative biology of itch 
  • Opioid receptors and itch: update
  • Skin microbiome and itch
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  • Itch beyond the skin 
  • New treatment for itch, updates 2023
  • Future perspectives
  • Patients with chronic itch perspective
  • Chronic pruritus of unknown origin: diagnosis and management
  • Chronic urticaria itch: what’s new
  • Genital itch
  • Itch in CTCL
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