The history of Regional Scientific Meeting of Pediatric Dermatology, RSMPD

The Regional Scientific Meeting of Pediatric Dermatology (RSMPD) was first organized in 1993 in Bali, Indonesia, by Prof. Siti Aisah. The two great senior dermatologists who had the foresight to develop pediatric dermatology in South East Asia were Prof. AR Orange from the Netherlands and Prof. Yamamoto from Japan. The meeting had the support of Dr. Sjaiful Dali, and Dr. Eddy Joesoef from the University of Indonesia's Dermatovenerology department, and the country's Dermatovenereology Society.

At the 2nd RSMPD, held in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1996, Prof. Siti Aisah strove to invite many excellent teachers in the field of pediatric dermatology from around the world, as well as prominent pediatric dermatologists from South East Asia to support the growth of pediatric dermatology in South East Asia. It was at this meeting that a decision was made to rotate the meeting throughout the South East Asian countries.

Great strides were then taken by the various South East Asian countries to develop and promote pediatric dermatology and to promote friendship and collaboration among the pediatric dermatologists from South East Asia.

Subsequent RSMPD meetings were held in:

  • 3rd RSMPD 1999

    Singapore

  • 4th RSMPD 2001

    Bangkok, Thailand

  • 5th RSMPD 2004

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • 6th RSMPD 2007

    Manila, Philippines

  • 7th RSMPD 2012

    Jakarta, Indonesia

  • 8th RSMPD 2015

    Bangkok, Thailand

  • 9th RSMPD 2018

    Singapore

During the 2015 RSMPD in Bangkok, Thailand, a group of leading pediatric dermatologists from South East Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand) and Hong Kong held an informal meeting on a dinner cruise on the scenic Chao Phraya River to discuss the setting up of a more binding Asian pediatric dermatology society. This group was given the name, Asian Pediatric Dermatology Interest Group (APDIG), to expand membership to other countries throughout Asia.

The APDIG held its first official business meeting in Singapore, during the 22nd Regional Conference of Dermatology (RCD). The attendees were leading pediatric dermatologists from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Future plans for the society were made including official registration of the group in Singapore, and setting up of research and education sub-groups within the APDIG. These members met up again at the World Conference of Pediatric Dermatology held in Chicago, USA, in July 2017. This time, besides the initial founding members, representatives from China, India, and Taiwan were also present. In view of the inclusion of more Asian countries, the group's name was changed to the "Asian Society of Pediatric Dermatology". The society was officially registered with the Registry of Societies, Singapore in Oct 2018.