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EAACI/GA2LEN Allergy School
Allergy and Immunotherapy
21 – 23 October 2010
Berlin, Germany


Allergen-specific immunotherapy is a unique treatment for allergic rhinoconjunctivitis preventing allergic asthma and spreading of the disease. Its mechanisms involve modified as well as tolerogenic immune responses, leading to a decrease in symptoms, less medication use and long term benefits. New developments for subcutaneous and sublingual application routes provide promising therapeutic options and will fuel basic and clinical research improving our understanding of allergic diseases and further generating health benefits for allergic individuals accross Europe.

The aim is to educate and stimulate the social contacts between young physicians from all over Europe interested in diagnosis and treatment of allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and asthma applying allergen-specific immunotherapy (SIT) via subcutaneous (SCIT) and sublingual (SLIT) routes.

Upon completion of this course participants should be able to:
1. Understand the mechanisms of allergen-specific immunotherapy (SCIT and SLIT) with inhalants
2. Apply diagnostic tools, indications and contraindications to identify suitable subjects for SIT
3. Select preparations for SCIT and SLIT considering clinical documentation and individual factors
4. Manage allergic individuals with different approaches for SIT, considering safety and risk factors.

Scientific Programme
The course will include interactive presentations which communicate basic and advanced knowledge (allergy mechanisms, allergen biology and development of allergenic  preparations, diagnostics, indication for treatment, application routes for treatment, efficacy, safety aspects), practical demonstrations (in vitro and in vivo testing) and discussion of clinical cases.

All sessions will be held in English.
Click here to view the Preliminary Programme.

Target Audience
Young physicians working within the field of immunotherapy. In order to achieve an intimate and collegial atmosphere, to leave plenty of space for discussion and obtain optimum conditions for practical aspects, the number of participants will be limited to 60.

CME Accreditation
The event will be CME accredited.

Arrival
There are many ways to get to Berlin: by plane (Tegel and Schonefeld are Berlin's two airports with many international flight connections.), by car, by train, by bus or by ferry. For more information please visit http://www.visitberlin.de/english/berlin-infos/e_bi_anreise.php.

Venue



DRK-Kliniken Westend, Building (Haus) S, Spandauer Damm 130, 14050 Berlin, Germany

Accommodation



The Hotel Ibis Berlin Messe (http://www.ibishotel.com/de/hotel-0657-ibis-berlin-messe/index.shtml),   which was fully renovated in 2009, is located next to the ICC and exhibition center. The center has its own highway exit, so the hotel is easily accessible from all directions. The ICC also has a bus station and the metro (U Kaiserdamm) and commuter train (S Messe Nord/ICC) both stop just yards from the hotel, providing good connections to the center of Berlin. The hotel is 1.2 miles (2 km) from the Olympiastadion, 1.9 miles (3 km) from the Kurfurstendamm, and 4.3 miles (7 km) from both the main train station and Tegel Airport.
Accommodation in a single room is included in the registration fee. Internet connection is available free of charge.

Social activities



Berlin is best known for its historical associations as the German capital, for its internationality and tolerance, for its lively nightlife, for its many cafes, clubs, and bars, for its street art, and for its numerous museums, palaces, and other sites of historic interest.  "Political Sightseeing Tour" (bus tour) will be organized on Thursday, 21st October 2010.

Registration fee

The registration will be open until 1st September 2010. We expect participants from all over Europe. The registration will be closed before 1st October in case the expected number of registrations (60) is reached.

EAACI Junior Member    EUR 250
EAACI Member             EUR 350
Non Member                EUR 500

Registration fee includes accommodation in a single room (2 nights), social events and all meals.
Click here to download the registration form.

Travel grants
A limited number of travel grants will be provided. Priority will be given to participants from low income countries and EAACI Junior members. If you wish to apply for a travel grant you need to present an abstract.
Click here to download the travel grant application form.

Abstract Submission
Submission of abstracts is not obligatory but strongly encouraged. For abstract submission guidelines and abstract submission click here

We are looking forward to seeing you in Berlin.


For more information on logistic aspects please contact

EAACI HQ
Sladjana Scepan
Genferstrasse 21, 8002 Zurich
Tel: + 41 44 205 55 33
Fax: + 41 44 205 55 39
E-Mail:

For more information on the programme please contact

Joerg Kleine-Tebbe, MD
Allergy & Asthma Center Westend
Outpatient Clinic Herold, Kleine-Tebbe & Kunkel
Spandauer Damm 130, Haus 9
D-14050 Berlin, German
Tel: +49-30-30202910
Fax: +49-30-30202920
E-Mail: