The Australasian Society for Dermatology Research (ASDR) was formed in May 2004 with Prof Ross Barnetson as our inaugural President. Subsequent leadership has been ably provided by Rod Sinclair, Gary Halliday and Prue Hart together with a Board of Directors - under their collective stewardship, the fledgling society began to gather together leading dermatologists and academic researchers throughout Australia and New Zealand to meet annually to discuss the latest developments in clinical and fundamental research. All meetings have attained an international flavour by inviting leading scientists of international standing to share their research findings at our conferences.
In recent years, the ASDR has also established ties with the Japanese Society of Investigative Dermatology with a regular exchange of speakers and the availability of travel awards to Japanese researchers to facilitate participation at our meetings.
We have collaborated with other Societies with similar research interests to co-organise our annual meetings such as the joint meeting held in 2012 with the AWTRS and this year’s meeting with ASPCR.
ASDR also places a strong emphasis on involving young clinicians and researchers at early stages of their careers to participate actively through travel awards and selection of Abstracts for talks. Traditionally, ASDR has promulgated its activities through an email database without any membership fees. The ASDR is proud to announce that as we reach our first decade of operation, we will establish a bona fide membership group to be managed by ASN Events together with a dedicated website. Society membership will permit you to receive regular updates on ASDR’s activities and upcoming meetings and be part of an exciting group of researchers united by their interest in skin biology and disease.
Benefits of ASDR membership include:
• Discounted participation in the annual conference
• Discussion blog in a members zone for exchange of ideas
• Record of conference participation
• Access to past conference Abstracts
• Jobs board (in the members only zone)