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!

Invited Guests 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 
Lodging must be booked through the IPC Think Tank Registration form. IPC has arranged for a nightly rate of $175, not including tax, at the Hotel Hafnia, 4-10 Áarvegur, Tórshavn 100, Faroe Islands, for the dates of Wednesday, September 6 through Saturday, September 10.

The deadline to make your reservation is June 14, 2023. Your reservation will be made as part of the IPC room block and cannot be canceled after this date.  If you do not cancel your reservation before this date, IPC will bill you for any unused room charges it may incur.  To cancel or make any changes to your room reservations, please contact maxi.ryman@psoriasiscouncil.org .

Air Travel
You are responsible for making your flight arrangements. It is recommended to fly to Vágar Airport (FAE). You can fly non-stop to the Faroe Islands from destinations like Copenhagen, Paris, and Reykjavik. Three airlines fly to the Faroe Islands. These are Atlantic Airways, Scandinavian Airlines, and Widerøe AS. Depending on the season, there are two to four direct flights from Copenhagen to the Faroe Islands each day.

Ground Transportation
Taxis will be available at the airport; however, it is advised to pre-book for timely pickup. There is a fixed price of $35 for a one-way between the Vágar Airport and Tórshavn, which should take approximately 45 minutes. You can pre-arrange your taxi here. Please note this hotel does not provide a shuttle service.

Meals
IPC will provide lunch and breaks during the meeting on Friday, followed by a reception that will end at 7:00 pm. Breakfast is included in the hotel room rate.  For other meals there are several restaurants in Tórshavn to explore.

Saturday Dinner and Special Event
If you plan to extend your stay through Saturday evening, you are invited to attend the dinner and special event.  Guests are welcome for the Saturday evening dinner and special event. Please provide the guest’s name on the registration form.

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