Kristiina Aalto-Korte: “Diagnosing an occupational skin disease is not always a simple task”
22nd of May 2017
Course leader presentation: Kristiina Aalto-Korte
Occupational Skin Diseases – diagnostics and prevention, 5th – 8th of September 2017, Scandic Grand Marina/Marina Congress Center, Helsinki, Finland
1. What is your background? A short presentation of yourself.
Since 2002 I have worked as a dermatologist in an occupational dermatology clinic at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in Helsinki, the last nine years as the chief physician. My main interests are in the field of occupational contact allergy, especially contact allergy due to various types of resins. Since 2010 I have been the section editor of occupational dermatology in the journal Contact Dermatitis.
2. Why do think that occupational skin diseases continues to be an important and current issue to discuss from year to year?
In Europe occupational skin diseases represent up to 30% of occupational diseases. Costs related to occupational skin diseases exceed 5 billion EUR/year in the EU by loss of productivity and cause extensive suffering for affected workers. Diagnosing an occupational skin disease is not always a simple task as the causes are diverse and new sensitizing chemicals are continuously introduced at work places.
3. Your greetings to the participants of the course.
Occupational Skin Diseases NIVA course affords an opportunity to get an overview on not only various occupationally important contact allergens but also the other aspects of diagnostics, treatment and prevention of occupational skin diseases. I hope you enjoy your stay in the very center of the Finnish capital.