American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS)

Message from the President

Dear ACDS Member,

As 2019 comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on where we have been and the exciting transformations that a new year can bring.  With the help of our new management society, 2019 has been a year to expand and flourish. Our membership has grown to over 1,900 members – a 60% increase from 2018! Our 30th Anniversary Annual Meeting in February had record breaking attendance, and we celebrated together with a successful gala event at the National Press Club.

The upcoming year promises to be exciting as well.  Don’t forget to register for the ACDS 31st Annual Meeting, scheduled for March 19, 2020 at the Grand Hyatt Denver in Denver, Colorado.  Get ready for Dr. D. Linn Holness to deliver the Keynote Fisher Lecture!  Keep watching for our updated and more user-friendly version of CAMP – to be released in mid-2020.  In addition, be sure to save the date for the ACDS 2020 Mid-Year Meeting at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District on September 25-26, 2020.

ACDS also recognizes that we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without you…our members.  Thank you for your support and dedication as a member of the ACDS. The ACDS mission is what keeps our society moving forward…

…to being the premier organization cultivating advancements in the diagnosis and care of dermatitis through the promotion of education, research, and advocacy. Our society is dedicated to understanding, and investigating the interplay among contact, occupational, atopic, photo, drug and other forms of dermatitis.

Your continued support of our mission allows us to put your interests and the care you provide to your patients at the forefront of our specialty. Thank you for your continued commitment to the Society.  We look forward to a successful 2020!

Have a joyous and safe Holiday Season!

Yours in Patch Testing,

Twitter: @ACDS_Dermatitis @dermatitisJrnl
Facebook: @ACDSDermatitis @Dermatitis

Inside this Issue

ACDS 31st Annual Meeting in Denver, CO

Remember to register for the Annual Meeting. This meeting will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at the Grand Hyatt Denver in Denver, CO. D. Linn Holness, MD, MHSc will deliver the 2020 Fisher Lecture.

Renew your ACDS membership to be eligible for the reduced membership rate!

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Submit Your Abstract Before the Deadline!

Deadline: January 3, 2020; 11:59pm CST

Interested in presenting at the ACDS Annual Meeting? Submitting an abstract through the ACDS submission process allows individuals an opportunity to present research at the Annual Meeting in the form of an oral or poster presentation.

For more information or to submit your abstract, please visit our website. If you have questions regarding the abstract submissions for the ACDS 31st Annual Meeting, please email us or call (414) 918-9805.

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11th Annual Contact Allergen Bee

Registration Deadline: March 2, 2020; 11:59pm CST.

Come test your contact allergen knowledge by participating in the 11th Annual CONTACT ALLERGEN BEE - a fun and engaging live contest sponsored by the ACDS Dermatitis Journal! Winners are awarded up to $1,000 ($2,000 in total prizes)! Questions are multiple choice and based on papers published in Dermatitis from January, 2017 through December, 2019.

When is the Bee?

ACDS 31st Annual Meeting
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Pre-Qualification Meeting - 4:00pm
Final Round - 5:20pm

Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton Street, Denver, Colorado
(303) 295-1234

For more information or to register for the Contact Allergen Bee, please visit our website.

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Education and Research Award Winners

The ACDS is committed to advancing the care and understanding of dermatitis and allergy through the promotion of education, research and advocacy. As part of this initiative, ACDS offers education awards to help encourage research in these areas. Following are the winners of the current award cycle.

Clinical Research Award for young investigators in the sub-specialty

  • Alexandra Flamm, MD - Establishing Consensus on the treatment of Toxicodendron Dermatitis

Mentoring Award to nurture young leaders in the sub-specialty

  • Catherine Besner Morin, MD - Mentor- Annick Barbaud, MD
  • Emily Privette, MD - Mentor- Peggy Wu, MD

Outcomes Research Award to establish the value of expert specialist evaluation and management of chronic dermatitis

  • Jennifer Chen, MD - Assessment of the Comorbidities of Chronic and Recurrent Allergic and Irritant Contact Dermatitis

The deadline to apply for the next cycle of awards is April 15, 2020:

The deadline for the Outcomes Research Award is October 15, 2020.

For more information or to apply for an award, either click on the above award name or here.

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ACDS AMA and Health Policy Committee Update

News from the AMA 2019 Interim Meeting

At the recent AMA interim meeting, where ACDS was represented, several important resolutions were adopted of relevance to dermatology.

The Dermatology Section Council (DSC) of the AMA, of which ACDS is a member, took the lead on a new AMA policy change in response to a misleading attempt by an organization to board certify physician assistants. The policy calls on the AMA to oppose organizations providing certification for non-physicians that appear likely to confuse the public. The DSC also actively supported new AMA policy designed to support free access to sunscreen dispensers in public places.

Other important policy changes that occurred at the meeting included extending CME programs pertaining to military health issues to civilian physicians, supporting arbitration to help lower drug prices, and supporting programs to educate physicians to be leaders in health policy.

Regulation of Personal Care Products and Cosmetics

On December 4, Congress held hearings pertaining to two bills now in Congress designed to regulate the cosmetics industry. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act has not been updated in over 80 years. Highlights of the hearing demonstrated strong bipartisan support to regulate cosmetic safety as a way to protect the public. There was also concern over the safety of imported cosmetic products that make their way on the US market. Democratic leaders on the Congressional Health Subcommittee advocated for the ability of the FDA to initiate more recalls as well as strengthening mandatory adverse event reporting. Republicans expressed concern about overreaching and the impact on smaller companies as well as pre-empting of existing state laws.

Bruce A. Brod, MD
Chair, ACDS AMA and Health Policy Committee

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ACDS Member Highlights

We are pleased to announce that Drs. Magnus Bruze and Anton C. de Groot have been welcomed into ACDS as Honorary Members. An Honorary Member shall be a person of outstanding attainment recommended and elected by the Board of Directors.


Magnus Bruze, MD PhD

Magnus Bruze, MD PhD, is a Senior Professor of Occupational Dermatology, Lund University, Skåne University Hospital, Malmö, Sweden. He has been the main tutor for 12 doctoral theses at Lund University and opponent and evaluator for doctoral theses defended in Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and the Netherlands. He participates in research nationally and internationally within various fields such as metals, polymers, fragrances, photosensitizers and dyes. Dr. Bruze is the current President of the International Contact Dermatitis Research Group (ICDRG), has been the President of the European Society of Contact Dermatitis (ESCD) and is a member of ESCD’s Fragrance Group and the EDEN Fragrance Study Group. Dr. Bruze is a member and Past-President of the Swedish Society of Dermatology and Venereology. He has served as the Swedish board member of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. He is a member of the Expert Panel for Fragrance Safety. He is author of approximately 1,000 articles and chapters published in peer-reviewed journals (around 900) and textbooks.



Anton C. de Groot, MD PhD

Anton C. de Groot, MD PhD, (1951) already had a special interest in contact dermatitis before starting his private practice in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, in 1980. Dr. de Groot wrote his PhD Thesis on Adverse Reactions to Cosmetics in 1988. Two years later in 1990, he was one of the founders of the Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Dermatologie en Venereologie (Dutch Journal for Dermatology and Venereology) and served as editor-in-chief of this journal for 10 years. Dr. de Groot served as chairman of the Dutch Contact Dermatitis Group for 15 years and has over 400 publications to his name (including 16 books, 11 in Dutch, 5 international). Of these publications, Patch Testing (first edition 1986, 4th edition 2018) and the recent Essential oils: Contact Allergy and Chemical Composition and Monographs in Contact Allergy volumes I and 2 are well known to dermatologists interested in contact dermatitis. Dr. de Groot does not practice anymore, but regularly teaches general dermatology to junior doctors at the University Medical Center Groningen and is currently writing the third volume of the Monographs in Contact Allergy series on allergy to topical and systemic drugs.


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2020 Membership is Now Open

Thank you for your past support of the ACDS. Our membership has never been higher with more than 1,800 members who share your interest in allergic contact dermatitis. We are now accepting membership renewals for the 2020 membership year. Get ahead by checking it off your list before the new year. Spread the word to your close colleagues to join or renew today.


Physicians located outside of North, South and Central America can now be an ACDS member for a little bit less. Customize your membership today and pay for only what you need. Find out more information today!

Attention Residents - Did You Know Your Membership is FREE?

ACDS offers FREE membership to any Resident in good standing in training at any approved training center in North, Central or South America. Join online today and get free access to the ACDS Contact Allergen Management Program (CAMP) and an online subscription to the official Journal of the ACDS, Dermatitis.

Did you Recently Graduate Residency?

Renew as a Fellow and learn how you can save even more! Check out the details online.

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Give Back to ACDS

If you are unable to serve on an ACDS committee, there is another way to support the ACDS. Please consider making a contribution to an ACDS Fund. For a complete description of each fund or to contribute, please visit our website. With your contribution, ACDS will be able to continue one of the primary objectives of ACDS: to promote the education and investigative research into the fields of contact dermatitis and occupational skin disease.

The American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS) is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to the ACDS are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The ACDS tax identification number 36-3741184.


Support the ACDS every time you shop at Amazon Smile! Follow the link, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to ACDS! Your price remains the same, and ACDS receives a donation.

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ACDS Mid-Year Meeting - September, 2020!

ACDS will hold a Mid-Year Meeting September 25-26, 2020 in Philadelphia at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District. Save the date and follow #ACDSMID20 for the latest updates!

Registration opening in March, 2020! Book your hotel reservation now.

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Check us out on Social Media!

ACDS is officially live on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! We will use these mediums to disseminate important information to the public, connect with our members, and to promote the important work ACDS members are doing. Please add or follow ACDS.

If you have thoughts or questions regarding our new social networks, please email them to Dr. JiaDe (Jeff) Yu at, the Chair of the Social Media/Interactive Media Committee. We welcome any and all ideas including your publications, your talks, and any important information you wish to disseminate.




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The ACDS will be rolling out a new and improved website in the coming months. Website changes will include a more user friendly layout and more educational and support resources, including a webinar series on the basics of patch testing. Thank you to all of our members who responded to our website and resources survey! This information will be used to prioritize upcoming efforts.


Your Education Committee:
Jennifer Chen, MD (Committee Chair)
Motunrayo Adisa, MD
Crystal Davis, RN
Ida Duarte, MD
Dathan Hamann, MD
Kari Martin, MD
Laurie Parsons, MD
Apra Sood, MD
Rabina Walsh, MD

Your Website Committee:
Jennifer Chen, MD (Committee Chair)
Keri Chaney, MD
Cory Dunnick, MD
Michael Sheehan, MD
Jeff Yu, MD


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