June 21-23, 2017

Organized by the International Pemphigus & Pemphigoid Foundation and the University of Lübeck Department of Dermatology.

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Conference Overview

The 2017 IPPF Scientific Conference will take place in Lübeck, Germany. It will be hosted by Dr. Sergei Grando and Dr. Detlef Zilikens.

The 2017 IPPF Scientific Conference will bring together clinical and scientific experts in the field of autoimmune bullous disorders. The conference is an opportunity for physicians and scientists from around the world to come together under the common goal of studying pemphigus and pemphigoid. This will be the first IPPF conference held outside the United States.

The goal of this conference is to identify research opportunities that will promote understanding of the causes of pemphigus and pemphigoid, as well as to provide experimental and clinical justification for novel treatment options. Conference events will begin with a welcome Reception on Wednesday night at St. Petri Church. Thursday and Friday will include presentations, abstract sessions, poster viewings, and discussion panels.

This meeting is expected to have a dramatic impact on the development of coordinated efforts among international efforts to study pemphigus and pemphigoid. We hope to generate consensus on the terminology and criteria that should be used to describe the severity of the diseases and their response to therapy.

Conference Venue

Event Venue: Media Docks

Willy-Brandt-Allee 31
23554 Lübeck

Media Docks is located in a warehouse on a peninsula in traditional Lübeck harbor. The historical, Hanseatic building was completely renovated and modernized in 2002 with steel and glass to create an exciting contrast to the original architecture.

Surrounded by water with view of the historic Old Town Island, Media Docks offers easy parking, is conveniently located near transportation options, and is only a 7-minute walk from the center of Lübeck.

Media Docks by the Numbers

  • 7 minutes to the city center
  • 15 minute walk to Lübeck Central Station
  • 1.8 km to the A1 / A20 / A21 motorway
  • 10 km to the airport Lübeck-Blankensee
  • 56 km to Hamburg / 30 minutes by car

 About Lübeck


From the UNESCO website

Lübeck – the former capital and Queen City of the Hanseatic League – was founded in the 12th century and prospered until the 16th century as the major trading centre for northern Europe. It has remained a centre for maritime commerce to this day, particularly with the Nordic countries. Despite the damage it suffered during the Second World War, the basic structure of the old city, consisting mainly of 15th- and 16th-century patrician residences, public monuments (the famous Holstentor brick gate), churches and salt storehouses, remains unaltered.

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Fourth Scientific Conference of the International Pemphigus & Pemphigoid Foundation

Recent Advances in Patient-oriented Research in Pemphigus and Pemphigoid

Hosted by Dr. Sergei Grando & Dr. Detlef Zilikens


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

  • 4:15pm to 5:30pm Pre-IPPF Meeting of Microbiota and Genetics of Autoimmune Blistering Diseases Study Group

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Pemphigus Diseases

  • 8:00am – 8:30am Registration
  • 8:30am – 8:45am Welcome, Conference Overview – University President, Conference Organizers and Local Patient

Pemphigus I: Genetics, Diagnosis, and Clinics

  • 8:45am – 9:00am Functional Genetics in Pemphigus – Dan Vodovich, Tel Aviv
  • 9:00am – 9:15am Diagnosing Pemphigus – Richard Groves, London
  • 9:15am – 9:30am Disease Scoring and Quality of Life Measurements in Pemphigus – Dedee Murrell, Sydney
  • 9:30am – 9:45am Paraneoplastic Pemphigus –  Sergei Grando, Irvine
  • 9:45am – 9:55am Talk from Abstract 1
  • 9:55am – 10:05am Talk from Abstract 2
  • 10:05am – 10:30am Discussion I
  • 10:30am – 11:00am Coffee Break and Poster Viewing

Pemphigus II: Immunopathology and Treatment

  • 11:00am – 11:15am Antigen-specific Therapies in Pemphigus – Aimee Payne, Philadelphia
  • 11:15am – 11:30am T-cells as Therapeutic Targets in Pemphigus – Rüdiger Eming, Marburg
  • 11:30am – 11:40am Talk from Abstract 3
  • 11:40am – 11:50am Talk from Abstract 4
  • 11:50am – 12:15pm Discussion II
  • 12:15pm – 2:00pm Lunch and Poster Viewing
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm  The IADPO GRIP tool and how the IPPF community can benefit, – IPPF & Patient Support Group Leaders 

Pemphigus III: Treatment

  • 2:00pm – 2:15pm Rituximab as First-line Treatment for Pemphigus – Pascal Joly, Rouen
  • 2:15pm – 2:30pm The Future Role of IVIG in the Treatment of Pemphigus – Razzaque Ahmed, Boston
  • 2:30pm – 2:40pm Talk from Abstract 5
  • 2:40pm – 2:50pm Talk from Abstract 6
  • 2:50pm – 3:15 Discussion III
  • 3:15pm – 3:45pm Coffee Break and Poster Viewing

Pemphigus IV: Autoantibody-mediated Effects

  • 3:45pm – 4:00pm Autoimmunity Against Desmosomal Proteins: What Have We Learned from In Vivo Models? – Masayuki Amagai, Tokyo
  • 4:00pm – 4:15pm Autoimmunity Against Desmosomal Proteins: What Have We Learned from In Vitro Models? – Jens Waschke, Munich
  • 4:15pm – 4:30pm Signaling Pathways in Pemphigus – Eliane Muller, Bern
  • 4:30pm – 4:45pm Non-desmoglein Antibodies: What is Their Diagnostic and Payhophysiological Value? – Animesh Sinha, Buffalo
  • 4:45pm – 4:55pm Talk from Abstract 7
  • 4:55pm – 5:05pm Talk from Abstract 8
  • 5:05pm – 5:15pm Talk from Abstract 9
  • 5:15pm – 5:30pm Global Research of the Impact of Dermatological Diseases – Christine Janus, Ottawa
  • 5:30pm – 5:45pm Discussion IV

Friday, June 23, 2017

Pemphigoid Diseases

  • 8:15am – 8:30am Welcome, Overview – Marc Yale and Dr. Detlef Zilikens

Pemphigoid I: Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Clinics

  • 8:30am – 8:45am Comorbidities in Bullous Pemphigoid – Kasai Tasanen, Oulu
  • 8:45am – 9:00am New Clinical Variants of Bullous Pemphigoid – Lucca Borradori, Bern
  • 9:00am – 9:15am Diagnosis of Pemphigoid Diseases – Marcel Jonkman, Groningen
  • 9:15am – 9:30am Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid – John Dart, London
  • 9:30am – 9:40am Talk from Abstract 10
  • 9:40am – 9:50am Talk from Abstract 11
  • 9:50am – 10:00am Talk from Abstract 12
  • 10:00am – 10:30am Discussion I
  • 10:30am – 11:00am Coffee Break and Poster Viewing

Pemphigoid II: Disease Pathways and Mechanisms

  • 11:00am – 11:15am Mechanisms of Effector Cell Recruitment – Christian SadikLübeck
  • 11:15am – 11:30am Cytokines – Frank Antonicelli
  • 11:30am – 11:45am Fc-independent Mechanisms – Wataru Nishie, Sapporo
  • 11:45am – 12:00pm Cell Signaling – Ralf LudwigLübeck
  • 12:00pm – 12:10pm Talk from Abstract 13
  • 12:10pm – 12:20pm Talk from Abstract 14
  • 12:20pm – 12:30pm Talk from Abstract 15
  • 12:30pm – 1:00pm Discussion II
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm Poster Session with Lunch

Pemphigoid III: Treatment Options

  • 2:00pm – 2:15pm Controlled Treatment Trials in Bullous Pemphigoid – Karen Harman, Leicester
  • 2:15pm – 2:30pm IgE-mediated Mechanisms in Bullous Pemphigoid – Janet Fairley, Iowa
  • 2:30pm – 2:45pm Emerging Treatments of Bullous Pemphigoid – Enno SchmidtLübeck
  • 2:45pm – 3:10pm Talk from Abstract 16
  • 3:10pm – 3:20pm Talk fromAbstract 17
  • 3:20pm – 3:30pm Talk from Abstract 18
  • 3:30pm – 3:55pm Discussion III
  • 3:55pm – 4:00pm Conference Adjourns
  • 4:00pm – 4:15pm Coffee Break
  • 4:15pm – 5:45pm Post-IPPF Consensus Meeting: Practical Treatment of Bullous Pemphigoid

*This is the preliminary agenda and is subject to change.

Social Program

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

  • 6:30pm to 10:00pm Welcome Reception at St. Petri Church

Thursday, June 22, 2017

  • 6:00pm River Cruise Around Medieval City
  • 7:30pm Networking Evening, Gemeinnützige
Travel & Hotel Information


Hamburg International Airport

Lübeck is 60km from Hamburg International Airport, and it is accessible by train, bus, or taxi.

Traveling from Hamburg International Airport to Lübeck by Train:

From the Underground in Terminal 1, take the S1 line from Hamburg Airport to Hamburg Main Railway Station (Hamburg Hbf or Hamburg Hauptbahnhof) Trains run every 10 minutes. The trip to Hamburg Hbf is approximately 24 minutes.

From Hamburg Main Railway Station (Hamburg Hbf), take the train directly to Lübeck Central Railway Station (Lübeck Hbf). The trip from Hamburg Hbf to Lübeck Hbf is approximately 45 minutes. It is advised to purchase the ticket at the Hamburg Airport station using the automatic ticket machine. On the touch screen, choose Schleswig-Holstein-Tarif, enter Lübeck in the destination field, and the next available trains will be displayed. The best choice is the RE train, which costs around 14 EUR for a single journey. This ticket covers the entire stretch from Hamburg Airport to Lübeck Central Railway Station (Lübeck Hbf).

Subway/Rapid Transit Rail Information: S-Bahn Hamburg and Hamburg Airport Travel Information

Regional Rail Information: German Rail

Bus Information: Hamburg Airport Travel Information

Hamburg Transport Association (HVV): http://www.hvv.de/

From Lübeck Central Railway Station to the University or Town Centre by Bus

When exiting the Lübeck Central Railway Station (Lübeck Hbf), the Central Bus Station (ZOB) is across the street after passing through a small passageway. There are several bus lines that go directly to the University (all bus lines pass the Town Centre):

  • Line 1 with the direction Hochschulstadtteil or Line 9 with the direction Grillenweg: get off at Fachhochschule and cross the street to enter the campus
  • Line 6 with the direction Blankenseer Dorfplatz or Line 4 with the direction Groß Grönau: get off at the stop Universität.

A single journey takes about 17 minutes. Your train ticket is valid for the bus travel on that day. You do not need to purchase extra tickets on the bus.

By Car

Media Docks is located at Willy-Brandt-Allee 31, 23554 Lübeck. If your navigation device does not find the road, you can alternatively use the following coordinates: 53.874456 (latitude) and 10.684093 (longitude).

Parking is available in sufficient quantity.


The IPPF has secured three hotels with a limited number of rooms at a discounted rate. The following hotels can be booked on a first-come, first-serve basis by email or phone using the included booking code:

The following is a list of hotels also within walking distance of the conference:

Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission Template

Please use our template for abstract submissions:

Submission Address

Send all abstracts to: IPPF2017@uksh.de


The deadline for abstract submission is April 17, 2017.

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