The Society was founded in 1979 by Helmut Kerl, MD, Gérald E. Piérard, MD, and the late A. Bernard Ackerman, MD, who also served as its first president. Other luminaries who have served as presidents of the Society include Gérald E. Piérard of Belgium; Helmut Kerl of Austria; John Maize, Sr. of the United States; Günter Burg of Germany and Switzerland; Daniel Su of the United States; Jorge Sánchez of Puerto Rico; Lorenzo Cerroni of Austria; Omar Sangueza of the United States, Philip E. LeBoit of the United States, Heinz Kutzner of Germany, and J. Andrew Carlson of the United States.
The aims and objectives of the Society are to increase knowledge of the structure and function of the skin and of diseases of the skin by microscopy. The Society intends to promote friendship and scientific exchanges among its members of different countries; to sponsor international and regional meetings; and to sponsor educational events. We are a non-profit association.