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Since 1991, the Fondation René Touraine is at the service of dermatology and develops actions and networks to support therapeutic progress in dermatology.


The Fondation René Touraine in brief
NameFondation René Touraine
Creation1991 in Paris
Legal formPublic utility foundation according to the French law
FundingBudget: Private donations. Public grants sporadically
SloganAn international foundation: 25 years at the service of dermatology
Main goalSupporting therapeutic progress in dermatology
Strategic priorities
  1. Better assessing the patient needs
  2. Fostering health care networks to improve dermatological care
  3. Developing medical education
  4. Fostering clinical and therapeutic research
Organisation3 full-time collaborators and a few junior collaborators work at the Head Office of the foundation in Paris. The Head Office is hosted by the Skin Research Institute at Saint Louis Hospital in Paris.

Read our Fondation René Touraine’s brochure to learn more about its actions.

1. A dynamic and international framework oriented towards the patient needs

Professor René Touraine, who was at the origin of clinical and therapeutic research in dermatology in France, died in 1988. One of his student, the professor Louis Dubertret, created the Fondation René Touraine (FRT) in 1991.
The FRT is an international non-governmental and non-profit organization recognized of public utility by the French law. Its main goal is to support therapeutic progress in dermatology in order to help patients suffering from skin diseases all over the world.
To do that, the foundation gathers at an international level dermatologists, researchers, patient associations, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries and Health authorities.

The Fondation René Touraine is one of the four founding members of the European Skin Research Foundation (ESRF) with the European Society for Dermatological research (ESDR), the European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology (EADV) and the European Dermatology Forum (EDF).

2. An active commitment to the patients needs

The FRT’s commitment to better meet the patients needs is patent in its different actions.

I - Actions for continuing medical education in dermatology

1. Research fellowships

To encourage exchanges and international collaboration between research laboratories or clinical departments, the FRT awards 5 research fellowships each year, one of 18 000 euros and four of 4 500 euros. Pre or post-doctoral research fellows and dermatologists may apply to those grants.
Main eligibility criteria are:
- exchange with a laboratory or department from another country;
- involving at least one European laboratory;
- sharing benefits between host and home laboratory.

Research Fellowships
Date of beginning1993
FundingStock interests of FRT’s endowment capital
CoordinationFRT’s Scientific Board
Main results
  • Investment of 750 000 euros over a 25-year period
  • 117 laureates from 26 countries and 86 publications

2. The Scientific Meeting

An international top level symposium

Since 1993, the FRT’s annual Scientific Meeting goes over the acquired knowledge on one skin cell. A different cell is chosen every year. Mornings are reserved for fundamental approaches, while afternoons are devoted to approaches applied to physiopathology, pharmacology and therapeutics. A commented bibliography has been published in the scientific journal Experimental Dermatology since 2000. The meetings are attended by the leading researchers and dermatologists of the world.

International top-level symposium
Date of beginning1993
FundingStock interests of FRT’s endowment capital
CoordinationFRT’s Scientific Board
Main results
  • 24 meetings
  • An international exposure
  • Publication on Experimental Dermatology

3. Therapeutics in Dermatology

The first medical book on the web for free

Thérapeutique Dermatologique is the reference book in French-speaking countries for dermatology. The printed edition was edited in 1991 by Flammarion and was regularly updated. In 2005, seeing the huge use of the book among the dermatological community and the need of medical information on the web, the FRT created a free online version of Thérapeutique Dermatologique.

The success of the French website led to a first English version entitled Therapeutics in Dermatology. At present, well over a third of the chapters have already been translated into English. The translation is going to be continued, as the French version is being updated. A regular update is planned every three years.

With this project, the FRT shows its interest into medical education for health professionals but also for patient education and information of the general public, as in the near future it is scheduled to have tailored information for patients and for public at large.

Therapeutics in Dermatology
Date of beginning2005
FundingStock interests of FRT’s endowment capital, private donations
CoordinationFRT’s e-Dermatology Portal Committee
Main results
  • Since 2013, a website with 2 accesses: one for health professionals and another for patients/general public
  • 398 chapters by 361 authors: 329 chapters on diseases and 69 on therapeutics
  • Over 160 chapters translated into English
  • 60 chapters with information tailored for patient education

To learn more: Therapeutics in Dermatology’s brochure

4. Two prestigious lectures

A prestigious lecture at the European Society of Dermatological Research (ESDR) annual congress

Since 2004, FRT has organized every year, in collaboration with the ESDR team, the René Touraine Lecture with prestigious speakers at the ESDR meeting. It is the opportunity for the FRT’s Scientific Board to present the research fellowships’ winners.

The René Touraine Lecture at the ESDR
Date of beginning2004
FundingStock interests of FRT’s endowment capital
CoordinationFRT’s Scientific Board, ESDR
Main results
  • 13 prestigious lectures
  • Very high-level and renown scientists presenting their latest works in the field of dermatological research

A prestigious lecture at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) annual congress

Up to September 2012, the Fondation René Touraine organizes the René Touraine Lecture during the annual European Academy for Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) congress. The original approach of this lecture centres around the «Frontiers of Dermatology».

The René Touraine Lecture at the EADV
Date of beginning2012
FundingStock interests of FRT’s endowment capital
CoordinationFRT’s Scientific Board and EADV Scientific Programme Committee
Main results
  • 5 prestigious lectures

II - Actions for clinical and therapeutic research in dermatology

1. Genodermatoses & Rare Skin Disorders Network

A pilot network to improve health care and social support for severe and rare genetic skin diseases

In 2003, the FRT built a network on rare genetic skin diseases, the Genodermatoses & Rare Skin Disorders Network. Thanks to the involvement of dermatologists from EU, Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern countries and the financial support of Pierre Fabre Laboratories, the Genodermatoses & Rare Skin Disorders Network aims to:
- at the national level: help patients and families who face major difficulties - due to the severity and the rarity of genodermatoses - to have access to appropriate health care and social support;
- at the European, Mediterranean and Middle-East levels: strengthen a network of experts and centers of expertise in rare genetic skin diseases.

To gather the partners of the Genodermatoses & Rare Skin Disorders Network, a working session is organized every year.

Genodermatoses & Rare Skin Disorders Network
Date of beginning2003
FundingStock interests of FRT’s endowment capital, Pierre Fabre Laboratories, European Union grant, European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology grant
CoordinationFRT’s Genodermatoses Network Committee
Main results
  • 31 countries belonging to the Genodermatoses Newtork
  • In 2008, this network obtained a European recognition being co-funded for 3 years by the European Commission (agreement number: 2007 335 TAG).
  • Thanks to its commitment in genodermatoses, the President of the FRT has been appointed expert to the European Union Committee of Experts on Rare Diseases (EUCERD).
  • In 2009, the network was awarded the Euroscience Rammal Award for elevated scientific exchanges in the Mediterranean area

To learn more: Genodermatoses & Rare Skin Disorders Network’s brochure

2. Psoriasis International Network (PIN)

An international network to improve the access to quality health care for psoriatic patients

The founding meeting of the Psoriasis International Network was held in Paris in 2005, following the PSO 2004 Congress, where many participants showed great interest in developing networking activities in the field of psoriasis both at national and international level.
To liven up this international network, it was proposed to set up a website, to organize every 3 years the International Congress on Psoriasis focusing on practitioners and to publish a regular newsletter. PIN gathers dermatologists, rheumatologists, scientists, caregivers and patients associations from the entire world. All are involved in the psoriasis management.

It aims to:
- at the national level: improve the access to quality health care for psoriatic patients by developing interconnected thematic psoriasis outpatient consultations in dermatology departments
- at the international level: fostering international collaborations for clinical and therapeutic research in the field of psoriasis.

PIN is a joint action of the FRT and the Psoriasis Task Force of the EADV.

Psoriasis International Network
Date of beginning2005
FundingStock interests of FRT’s endowment capital, Income from the International Psoriasis Congress
CoordinationFRT’s Psoriasis International Network Committee
Main results
  • Over 4700 dermatologists from some 95 countries are members of PIN
  • 37 patient organizations collaborate with PIN
  • 3 PIN’s surveys to learn more about patients needs:
    - 1st survey in 2011 on the national organization of psoriasis-related activities, answers from 50 countries
    - 2nd survey in 2012 on the usage of methotrexate in the treatment of psoriasis, nearly 500 answers from 65 countries
    - 3rd survey in 2013 on the services available in dermatology departments for psoriasis patients
  • The International Congress on Psoriasis:
    - PSO 2007 : 1013 participants from 65 countries, organized by the French Psoriasis Group
    - PSO 2010 : 1482 participants from 81 countries, organized by the German Psoriasis Group
    - PSO 2013: 1508 participants from 88 countries, organized by PSONET - European Psoriasis Registries Network
    - PSO 2016: 6-9 July 2016 at Palais des Congrès, organized by SOLAPSO - Latin American Society of Psoriasis

To learn more: Psoriasis International Network’s brochure

III - Who and How

An international directory for the dermatology community

The Fondation René Touraine, in close collaboration with the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS), and in partnership with GALDERMA Laboratories, has developed a tool to enhance ongoing communications among the dermatology community, the web site: Who & How, the dermatologists’ directory. The aim of Who & How is to provide the global dermatology community with a comprehensive international directory of hospital-based dermatologists, listing their main areas of interest. This directory is available on line at the following URL: It is accessible only to participating dermatologists by user name and password.

Who and How
Date of beginning2002
FundingStock interests of FRT’s endowment capital, GALDERMA Laboratories
Main resultsOver 1000 dermatologists registered
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