International Psoriasis Council

Advancing Knowledge. Improving Care.

Advancing Knowledge. Improving Care.

2023 IPC THINK TANK | FAROE ISLANDS

HOTEL HAFNIA
ÁARVEGUR 8
FO -100, TÓRSHAVN
FAROE ISLANDS 

Why the Faroe Islands?

2023 marks the 60th anniversary of a seminal paper in the history of psoriasis research. In 1963, Danish physician Gunnar Lomholt went to the Faroe Islands, visited numerous households, examined the family members for psoriasis, and concluded that there was a strong inherited component to the disease. This marked the beginning of psoriasis epidemiology and genetics. Join us to celebrate this historic milestone through state-of-the-art lectures on developments in psoriasis and how science has had a significant impact.

Explore the Faroe Islands

Take advantage of the opportunity to explore the breathtaking Faroe Islands before and after the event with our exciting excursion packages, brought to you by GreenGate, an experienced travel agency in the Faroe Islands. Excursions are exclusive to the IPC group. Learn more and book hereWatch this video to see what the Faroe Islands have to offer!

Faculty Schedule

Wednesday, September 6

Optional Excursion

2:00 pm to 7:00 pm 

Vágar Highlight 
Drive to the island of Vágar and explore the charming villages of Bø and Gásadalur. Take in the stunning waterfall in Gásadalur before embarking on a scenic hike to Trælanípan. The trail runs alongside the lake and over the ocean, lasting approximately 2-2.5 hours.

Attendees are encouraged to explore the capital city of Torshavn and enjoy a traditional Faroese meal.

Thursday, September 7

Arrival

Friday, September 8

9:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Gunnar Lomholt Symposium
Join us for a day of exploring cutting-edge developments and trends in psoriasis research brought to you by a renowned lineup of esteemed experts and professionals. Delve into groundbreaking insights into genetics, comorbidities, treatment strategies, and more as our celebrated speakers unveil their findings on various relevant topics. Join our keynote speaker, James T. Elder, as he unveils the genetic epidemiologic history of psoriasis. Other topics covered include big data and its implications for psoriasis, the intricate relationship between genetics and biological mechanisms, and therapeutic drug monitoring. Immerse yourself in Gunnar Lomholt’s inspiring story and thesis and take a fascinating trip through the history of the Faroe Islands. Discover cutting-edge treatment strategies and targets for severe psoriasis, explore the need for real-world evidence, and reflect on the 60-year journey of psoriasis therapy. Don’t miss out on this unparalleled opportunity to learn from and network with some of the brightest minds in the field.

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Reception
Join us for a reception where you’ll meet IPC’s distinguished Board Members, Councilors, Fellows, Corporate Members, and other psoriasis enthusiasts.

Dinner on your own.

Saturday, September 9

Departures
Plan to take a taxi to the airport. A fixed price of $35 for a one-way between the Vágar Airport to Tórshavn should take approximately 45 minutes. You can pre-arrange your taxi here.

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Optional: Dinner and Special Event
Join us for an evening of Faroese history and gastronomy at a soon-to-be-revealed location. With included transportation, this dining experience is not to be missed. Stay tuned for further details about the location.

Sunday, September 10

Optional Excursion

9:30 am to 5:30 pm

 Streymoy Highlight
Drive to Vestmanna for a 1.5-hour boat tour to see the Vestmanna cliffs. Then head to Saksun for lunch at a local farmer’s house, return to Tórshavn via the mountains, and stop at the island’s oldest cultural center, Kirkjubøur. Visit the 13th-century St. Magnus Cathedral, the still-functioning 11th-century church, and the 900-year-old “Roykstovan,” continuously occupied by one family for 17 generations.

Travel Information

Lodging
IPC will cover accommodation for a maximum of two nights (Thursday, Friday) at the Hotel Hafnia, situated at Áarvegur 8, FO-100, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands. The expense of the reservation will be directly charged to the IPC account. 

If you plan to stay beyond the specified dates or arrive earlier, you will pay the standard rate of $175 per night, which includes breakfast.  Upon check-in, a credit card will be required to cover incidentals during your stay.

Air Travel
IPC will cover the cost of an economy class ticket for flights that are less than or equal to 5 hours in duration and a business class ticket for flights that exceed 5 hours. IPC will arrange flights with the lowest possible cost via a travel agent. When selecting flights, preferred itineraries or airlines can be chosen up to 10% above the cheapest alternative. However, the traveler will pay any amount over this 10% margin.

Please contact Maureen.Hogle@psoriasiscouncil.org to book your flights by June 8, 2023.

Ground Transportation
Taxis will be available at the airport. There is a fixed price of $35 for one-way between the Vágar Airport to Tórshavn, and it should take approximately 45 minutes. You can pre-arrange your taxi here. 

IPC will reimburse your ground transportation for travel to and from the airport to the hotel and traveling between the hotel and other activities as necessary, up to $250. Expenses include taxi, bus fare, or parking. Please note this hotel does not provide a shuttle service. 

Meals
IPC will provide lunch and breaks during the meeting. Breakfast is included in the room rate. On Friday evening, we will host a reception.  

If you plan to extend your stay beyond Saturday, you are invited to attend the Saturday evening dinner.  Please indicate if you will attend on the registration form.

Reimbursement
Reimbursement forms will be sent after the meeting. Individuals will submit an invoice and copies of all receipts to request reimbursement. ACH, check, or wire transfer payments will be made for international payments.

Excursions
IPC is offering two group excursions on September 6 and September 10 for an extra fee. To learn more about the events, including pricing information, and to register, please follow this link.

CANCELLATIONS
If your travel plans change and you cannot attend the meeting, please notify us by June 14, 2023. If you do not inform IPC by this date, you may be charged for any unused hotel room charges it may incur.  

To cancel or make any changes to your room reservations, please contact Maureen.Hogle@psoriasiscouncil.org. 

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