EAACI/GA2LEN Allergy School
Diagnostic approaches to the allergic patient
30 September – 3 October 2010
The EAACI/GA2LEN Allergy School ‘Diagnostic approaches to the allergic patient’ took place 30 September – 3 October 2010 in Kusadasi, Turkey in The Hotel Pine Bay Holiday Resort which is located in a beautiful bay surrounded by magnificent nature.
This Allergy School was organized successfully by EAACI Pediatric Section and The Turkish National Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (TNSACI).
The aim was to provide young physicians education and updates within the field of diagnosing IgE mediated allergic diseases in children and adults. The Allergy School was attended by 17 faculty members and 54 participants from 19 countries providing an excellent opportunity to fruitful discussions of scientific, practical, cultural and social issues.
The course included lectures which communicated basic and advanced knowledge including basic principles, clinical manifestations, indications for allergy testing, diagnostic methods, interpretation of results and novel diagnostic tests for IgE mediated allergic diseases. The first day were devoted basic principles in allergy testing. An interactive practical session with demonstrations of skin prick tests in which the participants tried by themselves to perform and interpret skin prick tests was very appreciated. The next two days was devoted to sessions on in vitro diagnosis of allergic diseases, diagnosis in respiratory allergic diseases, drug allergy and food allergy. Clinical sessions with discussion of clinical cases from faculty and participants gave rise to constructive discussions.
The participants were invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations, and besides all were presented orally. A total of 13 abstracts were submitted and accepted, 5 for the clinical case presentation sessions and 8 for a poster discussion session. All the posters and presentations were of high quality and very well prepared.
Our Turkish hosts had organised a very nice and interesting cultural social program with two tours in the afternoons after the scientific programme. On day two we had an amazing tour to Ephesus, an ancient Greek city which was for many years the second largest city of the Roman Empire. On day three we visited The House of the Virgin Mary, a Christian and Muslim shrine located on Mt. Koressos in the vicinity of Ephesus and Sirince, a beautiful hill town near Ephesus, south of Izmir.
Participants as well as members of faculty enjoyed these active days in a comfortable climate and atmosphere, which was also reflected in a very good evaluation of the course.
Susanne Halken, Chairperson,
EAACI Section on Pediatrics,