Past Courses

LOCAL TOLERANCE SEMINAR

A Review by Uwe Rossow

The local tolerance seminar was the latest addition to already existing educational events provided by proDERM. As in the years before the proDERM Academy Local Tolerance Workshop brought together another wide faculty of experts from diverse backgrounds covering all aspects of dermatology, clinical testing and safety. The workshop, welcomed by proDERM Academy host Klaus Peter Wilhelm, opened with some lectures on basic principles of dermatology and safety followed by some presentations on specific skin reaction like skin irritation and skin allergy.
The second day started with another lecture session on other intolerance reactions and a lecture on practical strategies regarding local tolerance testing in humans.

Statistics for Non-Statisticians (German Edition)

„Statistik HAUTNAH“ erlernen war das Credo des diesjährigen deutschen Seminars für Nicht-Statistiker. Frau Dr. Zebrowski, Leiterin der Abteilung Data Operations von proDERM, und Frau Dr. Keller, Statistikerin bei proDERM, hießen die Teilnehmer im InterCityHotel Hamburg willkommen. Die Dozentinnen vermittelten anhand von anschaulichen praktischen Beispielen aus der Dermatologie und Ophthalmologie wesentliche Grundkenntnisse der Statistik, die in der kosmetischen Industrie häufig Anwendung finden. Anstatt den Fokus auf Formeln und Theorie zu legen, wiesen die Dozentinnen auf Entscheidungsprobleme und mögliche Fallstricke hin, die sie täglich lösen. Die Teilnehmer sollten anschließend in der Lage sein, die Auswahl geeigneter statistischer Methoden nachzuvollziehen sowie statistische Ergebnisse verstehen und kommunizieren zu können.

Hair Biology Workshop

A review by Gill Westgate

Developments in the hair category are very much influenced by the prevailing trends in the marketplace and the increasing sophistication of the scientific approaches to study hair growth and the hair fibre in its natural and cosmetically treated state. We are in an age where consumer expectations are high, underpinned by the recent changes to the cosmetic legislation (at least in Europe) which demand both honesty and veracity in supporting claims for new product benefits. Both of these require cosmetic scientist to have an excellent understanding of the hair follicle and fibre and the Hair Biology Workshops of the proDERM Academy aim to provide this with more focus on the hair follicle.

Claims Support Seminar

Now in its third year, the proDERM Academy Claims Workshop brought together another wide faculty of experts from diverse backgrounds covering all aspects of the claims development process. This year’s workshop, welcomed by proDERM Academy host Klaus Peter Wilhelm, opened with a practical session at the proDERM Clinical Research Centre. Demonstrations and practical knowledge were given on how to generate evidence for claims substantiation focusing on: ageing and facial parameters; sun-care and SPF measurements; antiperspirants and deodorants; and clinical photography.

Biostatistics for Non-Statisticians

Many people working in the pharmaceutical, medical device or cosmetic industry often get in contact with statistical issues in their daily practice. This leads to an ongoing need to deepen knowledge in statistical methods without being overwhelmed by mathematical formalism. The seminar was held by Sylvia Zebrowski, Head of Data Operations at proDERM, supported by Andrea Keller and Friedrich-Peter Vollmer from the statistics team of proDERM.

Hair Biology Workshop

A review by Gill Westgate

Development of new products that change hair, whether it’s condition, shape, colour, density, growth or removal brings together several disparate science disciplines working together to generate novel consumer desirable product benefits and effective solutions to consumers hair concerns.

The diversity of hair types globally and the inevitable changes that occur over a lifetime such as hair damage, thinning and greying demands a constant stream of innovation. Add to this the complexity of the claims and regulatory environment, means there is the need for significant scientific and consumer understanding to generate appropriate claims. Increasingly the reality check of delivering a true benefit; both measurable and perceivable, needs to be adopted by product developers, whether these be of new formulations, active ingredients and increasingly new devices that influence fibre, follicle or both. The need to provide education by top experts in the fundamentals of follicle biology and hair fibre modification was recognised during a two-day course „Follicle to Fibre, Principles to Practice“ hosted by the proDERM Academy on 16 and 17 June 2015.

Claims Support Seminar

Following its debut success in 2014, this second proDERM Academy Workshop brought together a wider faculty of experts from diverse backgrounds covering all aspects of the claims development process. This years workshop, welcomed by proDERM Academy host Prof. Klaus Peter Wilhelm, opened with a practical session at the proDERM Clinical Research Centre. Demonstrations and practical knowledge were given on how to generate evidence for claims substantiation focusing on: ageing and facial parameters; sun-care and SPF measurements; antiperspirants and deodorants; and hair measurements.

Erik Schipper opened the second day with a very upbeat focus on the reality and enigma of the average consumer. The clear message was we need to be very aware of consumer insights when developing claims and the importance of how they fit together. We need to understand 3 key issues — what consumers say they do, what consumers actually do and why consumers do what they do.

Hair Biology Workshop

A review by Gill Westgate

Hair Biology research has developed in both breadth and depth since the 1970’s fuelled by pioneering work to understand the role of the dermal papilla in hair growth induction as well as bringing minoxidil to market as a topical hair growth treatment. The academic and clinical community of hair researchers share fundamental understanding of hair growth and the various types of hair loss with a wide global audience through regular international congress events. However, there are relatively few opportunities for scientists working in industry to access this fascinating topic in a more educational setting. The proDERM Academy Hair Biology Workshop was designed with this as it’s primary aim and the lectures were given by acknowledged experts in this field.

Claims Support Seminar

A review by Theresa Callaghan and Chris Gummer

Cosmetics claims legislation that came into effect in July 2013 is having a profound if not confusing effect on the industry. Many brand owners affected are still unaware of their obligations and what is required to be fully compliant. Although claims substantiation is an international legal requirement, translating new research findings into language the consumer understands and trusts, and without losing scientific integrity is an opportunity being missed by both brands and raw material suppliers. Failure to capture market opportunities is often driven by an unwillingness to spend, the choice and lack of understanding of evidential studies, concern over the return on investment, and the requirements of regulatory and advertising standards authorities.

Biostatistics for Non-Statisticians

A Review by Volker Schoder

Many people working in the pharmaceutical, medical device or cosmetic industry regularly get in contact with statistical issues in their daily practice. This leads to an ongoing need to deepen knowledge in statistical methods without being overwhelmed by mathematical formalism. The aim of this seminar was to provide an extensive, yet practical overview of the most relevant statistical topics with special focus on applications in dermatology/cosmetics. The seminar was held by Volker Schoder, founder of the statistics department at proDERM and currently working as senior manager at Fresenius Medical Care, supported by Friedrich-Peter Vollmer and Sylvia Zebrowski from the statistics team at proDERM.