Although the follow-up, and especially the immunosuppressive therapy, are maintained by specialized transplant centers, such patients increasingly appear in dermatological offices or hospitals. Thus, there is need for an educational network for physicians and health care workers and for guidelines how to care best for this cohort of patients. Therefore, the SCOPE network (Skin care in Organ Transplant Patients Europe) was founded in Berlin in 2000 to meet the need for proper dermatological aftercare in this growing group of patients. SCOPE was initiated by Prof. Eggert Stockfleth of the Berlin Charité, now Head of the Dermatology Department in Bochum, Germany. Over the next few years SCOPE grew into a pan-European organisation. It is an interdisciplinary network of dermatologists, transplant physicians, patient support groups and basic researchers; it is the kind of network that leads to new discoveries and helps advance medicine.

Close cooperation at an intercontinental level with our sister organisation, the North-American and Australian ITSCC (International Skin Cancer in Organ Transplant Patients Collaborative Group), represents an integral part of our work. Outside transplantation increasing numbers of patients are also long-term immunosuppressive therapy due to other reasons, or are immunosuppressed because of underlying conditions such as chronic lymphatic leukemia; these patient groups will also be the focus of SCOPE.

The 20th meeting, initially scheduled to be held in Bochum, Germany from 12-14 November 2020, has to be postponed for one year because of the COVID-19 pandemic; it will now take place from 11.-13.11.2021. The SCOPE network would like to strengthen the organisation by calling new members - dermatologists and scientists - from all over Europe working in the field of transplant dermatology, to share their work and best practices: new members are welcomed! 

Our fruitful cooperation is reflected in several multicentre studies, and in a number of ground-breaking publications and books.Thank you for your interest in transplant dermatology and SCOPE!

Univ. Prof. Dr. Alexandra Geusau
President European SCOPE Network