SOURCE: La Roche-Posay Canada

Dermatologist from the Heart

March 11, 2014 08:00 ET

La Roche-Posay Announces the Winner of Inaugural "Dermatologist from the Heart" Program

Three Canadian Doctors Are Recipients of a New Grant Supporting Altruistic, Community-Oriented Projects

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - March 11, 2014) - La Roche-Posay is excited to announce the first winner of its "Dermatologist from the Heart" program in Canada, launched in partnership with La Fondation La Roche-Posay.

Three dermatologists from British Columbia, Dr. Sheila Au, Dr. Sunil Kalia and Dr. Christina Han, have been selected as the recipients of a $10,000 grant in support of a plan to provide professional training to health care providers who directly take care of pre- and post-solid organ transplant patients at three of the province's major transplant centres: St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital, and the Fraser Valley transplant clinic.

The submission was chosen out of a pool of applicants who entered proposals outlining projects aimed at enhancing patients' quality of life. A five-member panel reviewed each submission and selected "The 'RESCUE' Conference: Recognizing Skin Cancer in Transplant Patients" as the winner.

"We couldn't be prouder or more grateful to have our submission chosen as the winner of the 'Dermatologist from the Heart' program," said Dr. Au, the head of St. Paul's Hospital Division of Dermatology in Vancouver. "The burden of skin cancer in organ transplant patients is extremely high and continuing to grow, and we feel our RESCUE Conference will be able to provide BC health care personnel with the knowledge required to recognize the risk factors and clinical signs of skin cancer in transplant patients." 

In 2012, the St. Paul's Hospital Division of Dermatology started the first dermatology clinic in BC that resides and functions within a transplant clinic. Within the first 8 months, the "SCREEN" Clinic (Skin Cancer Post-Transplant Clinic) had screened more than 400 patients and identified and managed over 100 non-melanoma skin cancers. Initially, many of these patients and their transplant physicians and nurses did not recognize that patients were developing skin cancers, immediately showing the value and necessity of the new clinic.

With the RESCUE Conference, the three BC-based dermatologists aim to provide interactive training for approximately 50 nurses, nurse practitioners, transplant physicians, transplant fellows and residents who directly take care of pre- and post-solid organ transplant patients. If the event is met with positive feedback, the doctors will likely consider broadening the scope to involve other community-based renal transplant clinics in Victoria, Kamloops, Kelowna, Trail, Prince George and Penticton.

"The outstanding quality of the projects and the altruism of the dermatologists that submitted applications were truly outstanding. Canadian dermatologists can be very proud of the altruism shown by our colleagues and particularly inspired by the work of Drs .Au, Kalia and Han as our award recipients for 2013," acknowledges Dr. Kirk Barber, jury chair. 

2014 marks the inaugural year of the "Dermatologist from the Heart" program in Canada, and La Fondation La Roche-Posay has plans to debut the vital initiative across numerous other countries in the coming years. Through this program, the La Fondation La Roche-Posay seeks to further its goal of making the invaluable skills, knowledge and expertise of dermatologists available to the broader public.

Recommended by more than 25,000 dermatologists worldwide, La Roche-Posay offers a unique range of daily skincare developed with dermatologists to meet their standards in efficacy, tolerance and elegant textures for increased compliance. The products, which are developed using a strict formulation charter, include a minimal number of ingredients to reduce side effects and reactivity and are formulated with active ingredients at optimal concentrations for increased efficacy. Additionally, La Roche-Posay products undergo stringent clinical testing to guarantee efficacy and safety, even on sensitive skin.

La Roche-Posay is a division of L'Oréal Canada, a wholly-owned subsidiary of L'Oréal Group, the largest cosmetics company in the world. Headquartered in Montreal, L'Oréal Canada had sales of over $1 billion in 2013 and employs more than 1,200 people. The company's prestigious portfolio of over 30 brands encompasses all aspects of beauty.

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About the "Dermatologist from the Heart" Program
Committed to working alongside dermatologists, La Roche-Posay created its namesake foundation in 1995 to encourage dermatological research in the fields of clinical medicine, biology and pharmacology. The "Dermatologist from the Heart" program is the latest initiative to join the La Fondation La Roche-Posay's several other global community-oriented programs, which include the Atopy Schools initiative that helps atopic dermatitis patients and their families face the challenges of the disease, as well as the Corrective Make-Up Workshops, which are devoted to instilling self-confidence in patients suffering from skin lesions.

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