The World Congress on Itch, previously named the International Workshop for the Study of Itch, is the official workshop of the International Forum for the Study of Itch. The scientific program covered all aspects of research from biology to psychology, from epidemiology to clinics, from physiology to neuroimaging and so on. The contribution of distinguished invited speakers guaranteed a state-of-the art update, while selected free communications and posters provided the newest information. It is not feasible to attempt comprehensive coverage of the conference. We focus on presentations that are most topical, interesting or thought-provoking.