We are into the final few weeks ahead of the EAACI-WAO 2013 World Allergy and Asthma Congress, and with plans now being finalised, I can already tell it is going to be one of the best congresses ever. The last few weeks have been a flurry of activity and if you haven’t registered yet to join us in Milan, I implore you to do so! It is an event not to be missed! Please don’t forget to forward this message to your colleagues, because the Congress also includes the Italian National Programme, Primary Care Symposium and World Meeting of Allergy Nurses on Saturday 22 June.
Last week the new Board of Officers met followed by the summit of EAACI past presidents together with the president elect to discuss future activities. Although I needed no reassurance about the Academy’s future, it is good to know that it will continue to remain in good hands. I have been enlightened by some of the exciting plans that were lined up. It was a great opportunity to meet with former EAACI Presidents and thank them for their work in the past. Often we are so wrapped up in what we want to do for the future that we forget to look back and appreciate how far we have come. It is important to reflect on our Academy’s history and thank those that have helped drive it to where it is today.
We do, of course, need to keep developing the future, and with that in mind I’d like to remind you that registration for three Allergy Schools have opened since my last message. Information on EAACI Allergy Schools on Allergy Diagnosis in & beyond the Skin, Allergic Reactions to Drugs – From Phenotype to Genotype and The place of "omics" in the diagnostic lab - Update on Allergy & Clinical Immunology laboratory methods – set to take place in Erlangen, Malaga and Greifswald respectively – is now online.
This is my last E-Bulletin message to you as EAACI President and although I am sad to be leaving my post, I will continue to contribute to improve the state of the allergic patients in any platform as much as I can. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have helped in any way, shape or form during my tenure and wish our next President Nikos Papadopoulos the best of luck.
Cezmi A. Akdis