Despite it being the height of summer in Europe, work at EAACI continues, with the most recent Allergy School on Allergy Diagnosis in and Beyond the Skin, which took place in the picturesque German town of Erlangen between 25 – 28 July, being a great success. Skin allergy is far from a “skin deep” issue and the wide variety of topics visited by speakers illustrates that it remains an interesting subject matter. I’d like to thank everyone involved for their contribution and thoughts and I look forward to reading the full report soon!
The event in Erlangen was the second of four Allergy Schools taking place this year (following the Allergy School on Hymenoptera Venom Allergy held in Munich in April) and it is this investment in learning and education, which is vital. I look forward to hearing of the success of the Allergic Reactions to Drugs – From Phenotype to Genotype and 'The place of "omics" in the diagnostic lab Update on Allergy & Clinical Immunology laboratory methods' due to take place in Malaga and Greifswald respectively later in the year.
As part of the Strategic Programme for 2013 – 2015, EAACI envisions that more Allergy Schools will be organised in collaboration with National Societies. By strengthening our partnership with National Societies through, among other, these educational tools, we will help sustain our position as the premier reference point for policy-makers. Such influence is an important target in order to improve the status of the Specialty and consequently, the health services to allergic patients around Europe and worldwide.
Major events have also an important impact, and it is with that in mind that attention turns to the Pediatric Allergy and Asthma meeting, PAAM 2013. I can assure you that preparations are moving on at a swift rate, and as the event Chair alongside Graham Roberts I’m looking forward to welcoming you all to Athens from 17 – 19 October. Registration is still open so sign up today!