General info about IFSI

Mission Statement

The International Society for the Study of Itch (IFSI) is a multidisciplinary international association of clinical practitioners, researchers and scientists dedicated to improving our understanding and treatment of pruritus for the benefit of suffering patients worldwide. The Society is a non-profit professional organization (registered in NC, USA). Membership is open to clinicians, researchers, scientists and other health professionals engaged in the research and treatment of itch.

Our mission is to advance itch-related research and education and to promote treatment and clinical efforts to help alleviate this debilitating symptom. Our main goal is to create an active society that will contribute to the study of Itch. IFSI also distributes recent information about pruritus research and developments by newsletters to its members, the international medical community and the public at large through various media. IFSI conducts international meetings every second year (World Congress of Itch, WCI) where researchers present the latest findings in the field. The official Journal of the IFSI is the Itch, an open-access journal. IFSI supports the publication of high quality papers in Itch, which is currently offering waivers of publication fees for submitted articles.

The Board of Directors for a period of 2 years are:

President: Earl Carstens, PhD, Davis, USA
Vice-President: Elke Weisshaar, MD, Heidelberg, Germany
Secretary: Toshiya Ebata, MD, Tokyo, Japan
Treasurer: Alan Fleischer, MD, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Board of Directors:
Thomas Mettang, MD, Wiesbaden, Germany
Hiroyuki Murota, MD, Nagasaki, Japan
Matthias Ringkamp, MD, Baltimore, USA
Martin Schmelz, MD, Mannheim, Germany
Sonja Ständer, MD, Münster, Germany
Jacek Szepietowski, MD, Wroclaw, Poland
Kenji Takamori, MD, Tokyo, Japan
Gil Yosipovitch, MD, Miami, USA

Honorary Board Member: Jeffrey D. Bernhard, MD, Massachusetts, USA

Associated Board Member: Ethan Lerner, MD, Boston, USA

In September 2005, the 3rd International Workshop for the Study of Itch was held in Heidelberg Germany. The largest meeting of its kind, the workshop was attended by 200 scientists and physicians interested in itch from throughout the world. This workshop was the location for the official launch of the International Forum for the Study of Itch (IFSI), the first international society that exclusively focuses on itch research.

The winner of the Handwerker Prize 2017 is
Taylor Follansbee, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, University of California, Davis CA, USA
Title of presentation: Effects of itch and pain stimuli on rostral ventromedial medullary ON- and OFF cells
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