MELA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:MELA), designer and developer of MelaFind®, an FDA and CE Mark approved non-invasive optical device that assists dermatologists in diagnosing melanoma at its most curable stage, participated in a two-day hands-on skin cancer diagnostics workshop in Augsburg, Germany, where leading dermatologists examined "high-risk" melanoma patients with MelaFind® and also participated in an imaging devices exhibit.
Close to 100 dermatologists attended the workshop hosted and lead by Prof. Dr. med. Julia Welzel and Dr. Steffen Gass at the IHK-Bildungshaus Schwaben in Augsburg, Germany. It was the first workshop of the newly founded German Dermatological Society Physical Diagnostics Working Group (Arbeitsgemeinschaft physikalische Diagnostik der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft).
The goal was to identify non-invasive physical diagnostics as a specialist field, to share knowledge and experiences from research and advanced training in physical diagnostics in dermatology, and to promote international scientific collaboration. Dermatologists were guided by experts in the use of innovative, non-invasive diagnostic tools in dermatology on high-risk patients.
Prof. Dr. med. Julia Welzel, chief physician of the Clinic for Dermatology and Allergology at Germany's Augsburg Clinic (Klinikum Augsburg), specializes in skin cancer prevention and in-depth research on the most innovative imaging and diagnostics tools for early detection of skin cancer. She is the leader and designer of this new and very collaborative approach for dermatologists to share and produce new data on skin cancer diseases, as well as to explore new technologies that aid their management of skin cancer.
Prof. Dr. med. Welzel, who recently acquired a MelaFind® unit for research, commented, "Modern non-invasive diagnostic technologies like MelaFind® are quickly becoming the standard-of-care in dermatology as they enrich and complement dermatologists' skin cancer examinations by providing important images and objective data, especially on high-risk patients. Early detection is the key to melanoma survival as this is when the disease is most treatable and patient survival is great. Imaging diagnostics for skin tumors will become the standard in early detection of all skin cancers, especially melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer."