As we approach November and the build up to what is many people’s favourite time of year, EAACI is as busy as ever, with final preparations for next month’s International Severe Asthma Forum (ISAF) in Athens taking centre stage.
Despite modern treatment options, less than half of patients with asthma achieve acceptable clinical control and a substantial number have severe uncontrolled disease with risk of repeated exacerbations. The ISAF 2014 meeting will continue to build upon the success of the previous EAACI asthma forum, focusing on state of the art research and developments within the area.
ISAF comes hot on the heels of October’s Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Meeting (FAAM 2014), which took place in Dublin, Ireland. Almost 200 abstracts were submitted for the meeting and I would like to personally thank everyone who came and contributed to the event’s success. I hope that you all took something away with you, made new friends and renewed old acquaintances.
EAACI was also visible at four National Society (NS) meetings during this autumn in Telford, United Kingdom, Wiesbaden, Germany, Skopje, FYR Macedonia and Salamanca, Spain. EAACI is consolidating the NS Platform by investing in Cooperative projects such as guidelines implementation, surveys, public campaigns, joint press releases, Education & Science Speaker support programmes, such as webinars, joint symposia and free access to translate and publish all EAACI resources, such as position papers and guidelines.
Some important deadlines are looming and worth mentioning here: The application deadline for EAACI Research and Clinical Fellowships 2015 is 31 December 2014 and applications for the EAACI exam 2015 will open on 1 February 2015.
Lastly, but of significant importance to us all, the yearly budget meeting will be held in November. The meeting is always an exciting time and presents us with an opportunity to shape the future. I look forward to reporting on outcomes next month.