Symposium on Hidradenitis Suppurativa Advances

Overview of SHSA

Symposium on Hidradenitis Suppurativa Advances (SHSA) aims to bring together leading academic scientists, clinicians and researchers to share their experiences, discuss innovations and research regarding Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS).

Highlights of attending SHSA

• Showcase the current research ranging from the burden of the disease to the new treatment modalities
• Present the latest research, innovations and clinical challenges related to HS
• Raise awareness about the condition and unmet needs of these patients.

Welcome to SHSA

Please join us for the inaugural Symposium on Hidradenitis Suppurativa Advances (SHSA). Held at the new Women’s College Hospital in Toronto on October 22 – 23, 2016, SHSA provides an interdisciplinary forum for researchers, scholars and clinicians from different disciplines to present the most recent innovations and practical challenges encountered and solutions adapted in the fields of HS.

SHSA is a 1.5 day meeting for specialists and primary care physicians, and provides a range of interactive educational sessions in the format of courses, forums and plenary sessions on HS related topics from bench to bedside.

We look forward to welcoming you to SHSA in October.

Online registration now open!

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Participants have full access to all Symposium activities, including:

  • Scientific Sessions – a range of interactive educational sessions in the format of courses, forums and plenary sessions on HS related topics from bench to bedside.
  • Table Top Exhibits – meet with suppliers who will showcase products and technology focused on treatment of HS.
  • Research Posters – view posters and interact with authors of the most current research on HS.
  • Welcome Reception – mingle with your colleagues and form new connections

*Conference Rates shown in Canadian dollars.


Scientific Committee

Afsaneh Alavi, Co-Chair SHSA 2016, President CHSF
Iltefat Hamzavi, Co-Chair SHSA 2016, President HSF
Falk Bechara (Germany)
Marc Bourcier (Canada)
Alain Brassard (Canada)
Arnon Cohen (Israel)
Bill Danby (US)

Wayne Gulliver (Canada)
Alexa Kimball (US)
Michelle Lowes (US)
Neil Shear (Canada)
Christos Zouboulis (Germany)

Organizing Committee Members

Afsaneh Alavi MD MSc FRCPC

Dr. Alavi is an assistant professor of dermatology in department of Medicine at the University of Toronto.  She is currently the director the wound healing fellowship at Women’s College Hospital. Dr. Alavi completed a fellowship in wound healing and her residency in dermatology at the University of Toronto. She also …


Iltefat Hamzavi, MD

Dr. Iltefat Hamzavi, M.D., is a lead physician of the Multicultural Dermatology Clinic at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.  Dr. Hamzavi specializes in photodermatology, laser technology, and investigator initiated research of follicular and pigmentation disorders. He is the director of the Follicular Disorders Clinic, in which he manages a …


Alain Brassard, MD, FRCPC, FABD, FAAD

Dr. Brassard is a Dermatologist, graduating from McGill University in 1989.  From 1994 until 2001 he was the Founder and Director of the Leg Ulcer Clinic in Sacre-Coeur Hospital in Montreal, which was at the time, the largest in Canada.  From 2001 until 2007 he was Assistant Professor of Medicine …


Michelle Lowes, MD, FACD

Dr. Lowes is an investigative dermatologist with a long-term goal to understand the contribution of the cutaneous immune system to health and disease. She has predominantly studied psoriasis, a common inflammatory skin disease with significant morbidity and cost to individuals and society. Her research has aimed to further understand myeloid …


Scientific Program



Professor Falk Bechara, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Professor Falk G. Bechara is the Head of the Department of Dermatologic Surgery, and Senior Physician of the Department of Dermatology, Allergology and Venereology at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. He is the Past-President of the German Society of Dermatologic Surgery (DGDC) and its current PR consultant. Prof. Bechara is coordinating …


Howard Hu, M.D., M.P.H., Sc.D.

Dr. Hu is the inaugural Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH; and Professor of Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Global Health, and Medicine.  He is a physician-scientist, trained as an internist and occupational and environmental medicine specialist, with a doctoral degree in epidemiology from Harvard.  Previously, Dr. …


Alexa Kimball, MD, MPH

Alexa Boer Kimball, MD, MPH is President and Chief Executive Officer of Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at BIDMC, Inc. an academic multi-specialty group practice with over 900 full-time Harvard Medical School faculty members at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. A Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School, …


Professor Errol Prens, MD, PhD – Netherlands, Dermatologist-Immunologist

Errol Prens obtained his MD degree in 1981 at the University of Groningen and became a certified Dermatologist in 1985 after receiving his training in the department of Dermatology Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He joined the department of Immunology of the Erasmus MC for research on skin inflammation, resulting in …


Program at a Glance

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Registration Process

Online registration now open!

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Payment can be made by VISA or MasterCard. Credit card payments on your statement will show Simply Eventful Management as the vendor / merchant.

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Certificate of Attendance

Delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon check-in at the SHSA Registration Desk.

Registration Categories

If you are a resident, fellow, nurse, allied worker or medical student in training, your registration cannot be confirmed until we receive written verification of your status by the chairman of your department or program director. Resident, Fellows and Medical Students must be in full-time enrolment in the current academic year.
•         If you are registering online, please your verification in the “Upload proof of registration status” field.
•         If you are registering with the hardcopy registration form, please include your verification to the Secretariat Office along with your registration form.

Cancellation Policy

Submit cancellation letters to the Conference Secretariat by email, or fax (604-738-8697). Telephone cancellations will not be accepted.

Cancellation fees:
•         Received by September 2 – full refund less $50 (plus tax) administrative fee.
•         Received by September 12 – 50% refund of registration fees paid or $50, whichever is greater
•         Received after September 12 – no refunds will apply


We wish to thank our generous Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors


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Sponsorship Opportunities

SHSA is a 1.5 day meeting that will bring together leading Canadian and American academic scientists, clinicians and researchers to share their experiences, discuss innovations and research regarding HS. The format will include interactive educational sessions in the format of courses, forums and plenary sessions on HS related topics from bench to bedside.

We have developed a range of sponsorship opportunities, and invite you to select a Sponsorship Level that fits your marketing strategy. This is your chance to interact directly with specialists all yearning to know the most recent advances and emerging technologies to assist with treatment of HS.

For more details about Sponsoring or Exhibiting at SHSA, please contact Jo-Anne Rockwood at

Symposium Venue


The Symposium is held at the state-of-the-art Women’s College Hospital

Getting to the venue:

Women’s College Hospital is located at 76 Grenville St. Toronto


Driving: the closest intersection is Bay & College.

Parking: Access from Grenville St. Parking on the weekend is $10 per day.

Subway: College St Station (on Yonge Subway line) or Queen’s Park Station (on University-Spadina line)

Conference Secretariat Contact Details:

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2590 Granville St, Suite 206, Vancouver, BC V6H 3H1
Tel: 604-738-8600       Fax: 604-738-8697