Olympia Tsilochristou, MD, PhD student
Children's Allergies Department
St. Thomas' Hospital, GSTT
SE1 7EH, London
All along my residency and clinical research fellowship my main area of scientific interest has been respiratory allergy. On this basis, i started two years ago my PhD studies on “Phenotypes of Rhinitis” under the supervision of Prof. Papadopoulos. I have recently moved in Berlin, Germany, working with great pleasure as a clinical research fellow in Charité University Hospital where I am part of the Working Group on “Molecular Allergology and Immunomodulation” coordinated by Paolo Matricardi. My main area of scientific focus now is the longitudinal development of IgE and IgG antibodies against components and I feel fortunate I received a fellowship award/grant from the Clemens von Pirquet Foundation which supports my scientific quests.
Taking a look back at the years that I have been an EAACI Junior, I have so many good experiences to recall; my participation in EAACI Congresses, Focused Meetings and Allergy Schools supported by travel grants from time to time, the Clinical Fellowship Award I received in 2012, the Mentorship Programme I was part of, and overall the endless opportunities to acquire knowledge, to meet other Juniors and prominent Seniors! EAACI has truly opened my horizons and it is now my greatest honour to coordinate the JM WG from the position of the JM Chair for the next two years!
During this period, the JM WG will ensure an up-to-date thorough communications network (JM pages at eaaci.org, EAACI Newsletter, JM Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn) that will disseminate the latest information on the 1) upcoming EAACI Events (the Annual Congress, Focused Meetings, Allergy Schools), 2) EAACI Clinical & Research Fellowship and the Mentorship Programme, 3) EAACI online Educational Resources, 4) the JM-must read papers on PAI & CTA, 5) EAACI Knowledge Exam and many more. We expect that our efforts will:
· support Juniors’ continuous educational needs
· promote the participation of JMs in the EAACI Knowledge Exam and EAACI Events
· increase the number of the JMs joining the Academy as well as the number of JMs that continue to be EAACI Members
once they turn 36 years old
· enhance the communication platform amongst JMs and also between JMs and Seniors
· further establish fruitful collaborations with the Juniors’ Boards of other related Societies
All of us in the JM WG are very enthusiastic and full of energy to work for the best interest of EAACI Juniors, the bright future of our Academy! Do not hesitate to reach out to us and let us know if you want to be more actively involved in JM activities. Feel free to convey suggestions or questions! We are your representatives within the Academy and we will be happy to assist!Last updated: 10 August 2016
Dr. rer. nat. Anke Graessel, Postdoctoral Fellow
ZAUM-Center of Allergy and Environment
Technische Universität und Helmholtz Zentrum München
Biedersteiner Str. 29
The focus of my studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich (Germany), from where I graduated in 2012, was human biology. At this time I already got interested into immunological disorders and then started my PhD position in the field of allergy research at the ZAUM (Center of Allergy and Environment) in Munich in 2013. My current research project is focused on the identification of new target proteins of CD4+ T-cells, which might play a role in T cell activation and differentiation in the context of allergy and asthma. As I experienced during former research internships (Erlangen, Germany; Oxford, UK), the combination of medical doctors and full-time scientists, could probably create the most successful outcome for patient-oriented research. The connection to EAACI, an organization that mirrors this combination of clinicians working closely together with research fellows, is clearly visible and I’m excited to be a part of this. I have been an EAACI JM (Immunology Section member) since I started my PhD studies and have been able to participate in Immunology Winter Schools and the Mentorship Program as Mentee. Now I am very thankful for the opportunity to become active as the JM webmaster. I would like to build on the achievements of former JM Webmasters, such as maintenance of an up-to-date EAACI JM website and social media accounts. I also see my challenge in this position by effectively collecting, filtering and combining the most important key issues, together with the appreciated help of the JM WG, for the effective communication among the JMs, but equally important the communication from the JMs to the remaining EAACI community and other communities.
I'm honoured to be part of the EAACI family.Last updated: 12 September 2016
Silvia Sanchez-Garcia, MDAllergy Section
Hospital Infantil Universitario Niño Jesús
Avda. Menéndez Pelayo 65
28009, Madrid (Spain)
Asthma impassions me since I am a student. During my training as an allergist, I was educated in a referral hospital in my country in the field of occupational asthma. Since the last 6 years I work in a pediatric hospital, with an essential task in food allergy (both clinical and investigational). However, I believe that pediatric asthma is an imperative disease. That is the reason why I became the attending doctor responsible of the pulmonary function laboratory in my centre. My growing interest in asthma led me to work in a couple of national task forces together with allergists and pulmonologists. My most recent reviews and works are aimed toward this field.
Four years ago, I had the great chance of living the experience of co-founding a group constituted by young allergists in an international context. It was an exciting experience, full of challenges, and I felt the enormous talent our specialty is able to offer. This situation allowed me to meet brilliant minds as well, unknown until then for being young ones. Nevertheless, they still demonstrate day after day the abundance of proposals and suggestions they can provide.
For better or worse, young allergists are the future of Allergy. As a consequence, it is crucial that our capacity of leadership and the management of skills such as ensuring the basis of our scientific societies, or teamworking, could be initiated since the early period of our degree. Scientific brains can only flourish with a combination of ability to learn and capacity to query. But, above all, supporting a network of colleagues is the foundation element to avoid mediocrity in the investigational World of 21st century.Last updated: 12 September 2016
Razvigor Borislavov Darlenski, MD, PhD
Dpt. of Dermatology & Venereology
51B Nikola Vatptazrov Blvd
1407 Sofia, Bulgaria
Razvigor Darlenski is a dermatologist coming from Bulgaria. In 2010 he has defended a PhD thesis on the role of epidermal barrier for skin irritation and sensitization. Currently he is working as dermatologist at Tokuda Hospital Sofia, Bulgaria. Dr Darlenski has published more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed journal and he is also an author of 12 book chapters. Dr Darlenski is a member of the following organizations: Bulgarian Dermatological Society (BDS), member of the Honours & Awards committee of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, Junior working group of the World Allergy Organization, European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, European Epidermal Barrier Research Network, European Network for Cutaneous Adverse Effects of Drugs (ENCAD), European Surveillance System on Contact Allergies, Union of Scientist in Bulgaria, Bulgarian Allergology Society, Bulgarian Medical Association, National Bulgarian Society of Aesthetic Surgery and Aesthetic Medicine, International society of skin physiology and pharmacology (ISP).
He is a winner of several awards among which Inaugural Edward L. Keyes award of the IACD for this meeting in Cancun (2012), Winner of the EER fellow award of the ESDR and ASDV (2013), Michael Hornsetin Memorial Scholarship of the EADV (2009).
His research interests are focused on skin barrier, drug reactions of the skin, skin irritation, contact allergy, urticaria, atopic eczema, and non-invasive methods in dermatology.Last updated: 12 September 2016
Peter Valentin Tomazic, MD
Dept. of General ORL, H&NSI studied Medicine at the Medical University of Graz (Austria) where I graduated in 2008. After a research fellowship (6 months) with Prof. H. Stammberger I started my residency at the Department of General Otorhinolaryngology in Graz in 2009. In 2012 I started my PhD studies focusing on Allergic Rhinitis and Nasal Mucus Proteome. Here, I investigate the role of nasal mucus as defense barrier and the interaction of pollen proteins with nasal mucus proteins and to shed light on possible functional deficits in allergic mucus proteome. In 2010 I became a Junior Member of the EACCI and attended the Serin meeting in Brussels the same year. After that I frequently attended the EAACI congresses and focused meetings (Serin, Allergy schools) with several Poster- and Oral presentations. The interaction with the EAACI and colleagues that I met throughout the years really helped me a lot in shaping my scientific (and clinical) career. Since 2014 I am Assistant Professor at the ENT department of the Medical University of Graz continuing my research with special focus on Proteomics and its application in Allergic rhinitis.
ENT-University Hospital Graz
As representative of the ENT Section in the JM WG I want to help clinically active colleagues to establish their scientific career sharing ideas and building up cooperation with basic researchers. On the other hand I would like to interact with basic researchers to reinforce and facilitate clinically relevant hypotheses. Within the EAACI I would like to interact more with the IG OMICS and Systems Medicine. Since I am a Board Member of the Junior association within the European Rhinologic Society if would like to strengthen cooperation and international exchange here too.
In addition to that is important for me to help building up contacts between JMs and renowned researchers for national and international collaborations, fellowships and training courses.
Last updated: 12 September 2016
Ibon Eguíluz-Gracia, MD
Dpt of Pathology and Centre for Immune Regulation
Oslo University Hospital-Rikshospitalet
I obtained my Medical Degree in 2007 at the University of Navarra (Pamploma, Spain). I started the Clinical Allergy fellowship in May 2008 at the Hospital Clínico San Carlos (Madrid, Spain), headed currently by Dr Montserrat Fernandez-Rivas (current chair of the EAACI Food Allergy IG). During my fellowship I worked for 3 months in a Proteomics lab in Fundación Jiménez Díaz (Madrid, Spain) where I studied and characterized plant food allergens. I also spent other 3 months in Dr. Mariana Castells lab in Brigham and Women´s Hospital, Harvard Medical School (Boston, US) where I focused in mouse mast cell biology, especially in mediator release during in vitro mast cell desensitization procedures.
After finishing my fellowship in May 2012 I worked for 2 months in the Clinical Immunology Unit of Immunology Department of Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón (Madrid, Spain) where I studied several aspects of Primary Immunodeficiencies and the use of biological drugs for Atopic Dermatitis. From September 2012 I am working with Prof. Frode Jahnsen (a former member of the board of EAACI Immunology Section) at the Department of Pathology and Centre for Immune Regulation (CIR) in Oslo University Hospital-Rikshospitalet (Oslo, Norway).
I am currently doing my PhD here, working on a project involving an experimental model of human allergic rhinitis. With this model I aim to clarify the changes in gene expression induced by allergic inflammation in the different cell subsets acting in allergic rhinitis. I passed the EAACI Knowledge Examination in June 2011 (Istanbul, Turkey) and I obtained my DEA (1st cycle of Spanish PhD) within the Immunology Program (with Quality Label of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation since 2004) of Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Madrid, Spain) in September 2011. Since I started my fellowship I have presented more than 15 oral and poster communications in national and international meetings including one at the 2012 EAACI/GA2LEN Winter School in Sweden and other one at the 1st Skin Allergy Club (2012) in Switzerland. I was awarded twice for presenting communications in different EAACI meetings and once for a clinical case report in the 2011 Spanish Award for Allergy Fellows. Since I started the fellowship I have published 7 articles in indexed and non-indexed journalsLast updated: 12 September 2016
Ozlem Cavkaytar, MD Subspecialist on Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
Department of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
Dr Sami Ulus Women's and Children's Disease Training & Research Hospital
I studied medicine at Hacettepe University and graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in 2003. Shortly thereafter, I took and passed the Turkish national doctor residency exam. Pediatrics was my first choice, so I decided to do my residency in pediatrics at Hacettepe University’s Faculty of Medicine, which is one of the most well-known and prestigious faculties in the field of pediatrics in Turkey. I treated patients with many different types of diseases in both inpatient and outpatient clinics during my 6 years of residency. I specialized in patients with musculoskeletal problems during my last year as it was the central focus of my thesis.
After graduation, I took the examination to qualify for a fellowship in the field of allergy and clinical immunology and received the second highest grade among pediatricians taking the exam. At the beginning of my fellowship, I became a member of the National Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, where I am participating in the drug allergy working group of this society. My fellowship thesis was in the field of drug allergy in children. I have recently finished my research and clinical fellowship at Hacettepe University Department of Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology and currently I am working as a consultant allergist in the Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Department of Dr Sami Ulus Women's and Children's Disease Training & Research Hospital in Ankara.
I have been actively involved in several ongoing studies related to anaphylaxis and its mediators in food allergy, pollen and hazelnut co-sensitization and its effect on the severity of allergic rhino-conjunctivitis, atopic dermatitis and filaggrin mutations, novel aero-allergen sensitizations, adverse effects of inhaled corticosteroids and desensitization in milk and egg allergic patients. Currently, I am treating patients with food allergy, atopic dermatitis and severe asthma as well as children with drug allergy. I have been a junior member of the EAACI since 2010 and have attended every annual congress since then. The EAACI provides many activities for young scientists involved in the field of allergy. Therefore, as a JM representative in the field of pediatrics, I am honoured to take on the role of coordination in these activities and I will communicate with the other JMs and encourage them to take part in the scientific life of the EAACI as much as possible.Last updated: 12 September 2016
Nikolaos Gkavogiannakis MD, PhD student
University Allergy Unit “D.Kalogeromitros”
2nd Dpt of Dermatology and Venereology
Medical School at National University of Athens
1 RIMINI str
Current professional activity:
1) PhD Research Fellow, 2nd Department of Cardiology, Medical School at National University of Athens, Athens, Greece
2) Resident in Allergology and Clinical Immunology, University Allergy Unit, 2nd Dpt of Dermatology and Venereology,
Medical School at National University of Athens.
Previous professional activities:
· Apr 2014-Jun 2014: Good Clinical Practice and Regulatory for Clinical Trials (by Cambridge University Hospitals NHS),
· Jul 2013: Expert Level in statistical processing of medical data and methodology of medical research, Athens, Greece
· Jun 2013: Core Level for ECDL, Athens, Greece
· Sep 2010 - Sep 2012: Senior House Officer in Internal Medicine, First Internal Medicine Clinic of the 401 Military General
Hospital of Athens, Greece
I have been a JM of EAACI since 2013 and I have actively participated in EAACI congresses and meetings. My main benefit was based on the fact that EAACI supplies all the necessary circumstances for young scientists to acquire knowledge, to meet other JMs and prominent Allergy Seniors and to open their minds to the interactions coming from an outstanding Scientific Community. Aerobiology is a branch of biology that studies organic particles, such as bacteria, fungal spores, very small insects, pollen grains and viruses, which are passively transported by the air and pollutants can cross international borders and therefore international regulations are needed for their control. I will hopefully to facilitate collaboration, research, education, information, technical development and practical application in the field of aerobiology and pollution and encourage collaboration with other interest groups.Last updated: 12 September 2016
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Gilda Varricchi, MD, PhD
Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy
Center for Basic and Clinical Immunology Research (CISI)
University of Naples Federico II, School of Medicine
Tel: +39 0817464298
Fax: +39 0817463670
I became interested in Allergy and Clinical Immunology during the 5th year of the School of Medicine at the University of Naples where I was fascinated by the complexity of clinical manifestations of immune disorders. In the division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology of the University of Naples “Federico II” I worked on my experimental thesis from 2005 to 2007. I graduated in January 2007 defending my MD thesis on “The role of secreted phospholipases A2 on the production of chemical mediators in inflammatory responses”.
In 2008 I was admitted to the Postgraduate Training Program in Clinical Immunology and Allergy at the University of Naples. In 2012 I completed my clinical training and I was admitted to the PhD in Clinical Pathophysiology and Experimental Medicine directed by Professor Gianni Marone.
From April 2013 to September 2014 I was a Clinical Research Fellow in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Imperial College London-Royal Brompton Hospital under the supervision of Professor Stephen Durham. During these time I was involved in a research project on the role of T follicular helper cells and IL-21 in the modulation of IgE production in allergic rhinitis. This was the basis of my PhD thesis which I defended in 2015.
At the moment I am a post-doctoral fellow in the Clinical Immunology and Allergy Division at the University of Naples “Federico II”. My clinical and research activity concerns the role of angiogenesis and T follicular helper cells in allergic disorders, asthma management, immunotherapy and biomarkers of allergic disorders.Last updated: 12 September 2016
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Davide Firinu, MD
Dpt. of Internal Medicine,
Allergy & Clinical Immunology
Policlinico - Università di Cagliari
SS554, Bivio Sestu, 09042, Monserrato (CA)
After full degree in Medicine in 2007, I obtained in 2013 the Specialization degree in Internal Medicine at the Cagliari University, Italy. I have been working in the wards and outpatients clinic of the Department of Internal medicine, Allergy and Clinical Immunology. I focused my research interests on three main fields: autoimmunity, primary immunodeficiencies and rare diseases associated with dysregulation of immunity. One of the interests of our group is towards the use and management of biological drugs in clinical immunology and autoimmunity. Additional fields of interest are the role of Th-17 in autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases and in immunodeficiency. I am also involved in the SardiNIA/ProgeNIA project (genetic regulation of the immune system).
Currently, I am working as consultant specialist in Cagliari, Italy, and I am starting the Postdoctoral research program at University of Cagliari.Last updated: 12 September 2016
Ahmed Adel Seida, University Lecturer of Immunology, Vaccinology and Microbiology
Immunology and Microbiology Department
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
I obtained my bachelor degree in Veterinary Sciences in 2003 ranked 4th in my class from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt and followed by Master degree in Immunology in 2006, thesis about "Preparation of Monoclonal Antibodies against Tetanus Toxoid and evaluation of its neutralizing potentials" from the Immunology and Microbiology Department, Cairo University, Egypt and in collaboration with Monoclonal Antibodies Unit in the Holding Company for Biological Products & Vaccines (VACSERA), Ministry of Health, Cairo, Egypt. I was appointed first as Teaching/Research Assistant in 2004 then a Senior Teaching/Research assistant in 2006 till 2008 at Immunology and Microbiology Department, Cairo University, Egypt. In 2008, prestigious Marie-Curie scholarship funded from the European Union gave me the opportunity to improve my knowledge in immunogenetics at Department of Immunology, Rostock University, Germany. Finally, in December 2008, I started my Ph.D. studies in Immunology at Interdisciplinary Centre for Clinical Research, Würzburg University, Germany. In November 2012, I got my PhD degree in Immunology from Würzburg University, Germany. Then in March 2013 I got my diploma in Vaccinology from Pasteur Institute, Paris, France. In July 2013, I got EFIS postdoctoral research fellowship in Immunology at Institute Albert Bonniot, Grenoble, France. Then in August 2014 till April 2015, I am postdoctoral research scientist in Molecular Immunology at Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine, Düsseldorf, Germany. In November 2013 till present, I appointed as University Lecturer of Immunology, Allergy, Vaccinology and Microbiology at Immunology and Microbiology Department, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt.Last updated: 12 September 2016
Laura Losappio, MD
Department of Allergy and Immunology
Niguarda Ca' Granda Hospital
Tel: +39 329 3779656
I studied Medicine at the University of Foggia and received my degree in 2006. Subsequently I developed a particularly interest for the diagnosis and treatment of Allergies and started my training in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the same University. I specialized in Allergy and Clinical Immunology cum laude in 2009. I am currently working on my PhD on tryptase levels in coronary heart disease (study protocol registered on ClinicalTrials.gov on 06 November 2012) at Niguarda Ca' Granda Hospital in Milan in the Unit of Allergy and Immunology directed by Professor Elide Anna Pastorello. In this period I became very involved with research on the allergic reactions mechanisms with particularly interest on mast cells.
Under the tutorage of Prof Pastorello I have developed my diagnostic and therapeutic skills as regards respiratory allergy, food allergy, anaphylaxis, drug allergy, severe drugs reactions, hymenoptera venom allergy, contact dermatitis, primary and secondary immunodeficiencies, pulmonary vasculitis, systemic and cutaneous mastocytosis and urticaria. I have also received training on the methods for performing challenge tests with alternative drugs in patients with a history of drug hypersensitivity, as well as in performing skin tests (SPT, ID and/or PATCH tests) with drugs (beta-lactams, corticosteroids and heparins, general and local anesthetics , fluorinated contrast agents), and desensitization to necessary drugs such as Aspirin. We will shortly be starting a prospective study to follow up of patients allergic to beta-lactams.
I regularly attend European Allergy and Immunology meetings. I have seen the positive impact that EAACI has as regards personal encouragement from other members as well as in stimulating education and research. I am looking very forward to working with this group and I am sure that my diligence and hard work will allow me to meet EAACI standards.Last updated: 12 September 2016
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Alberto Alvarez-Perea, MD
Hospital Materno Infantil Gregorio Marañón
I studied Medicine in Universidad de Navarra, in Pamplona, Spain, where I joined the Epidemiology department as an internal student (2000-2005). I became a specialist in Allergy in Gregorio Marañón University General Hospital, in Madrid. I finished my training period in 2011 and I have been working as a consultant in the same center for most of the time since then, where I also act as a residents mentor.
During my residency period, I became involved in medical and research activities. Since 2009, I started studying epidemiology of anaphylaxis. I obtained the Advanced Studies Diploma and Investigation Sufficiency at Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 2010. At the present time, I am working on my PhD thesis on the subject and I am also the coordinator of a group studying particularities of anaphylaxis in children.
My other field of work is oral immunotherapy as a treatment for food-allergic children. This has proven to be a thrilling subject that I would also like to deepen and contribute to.
I act as Chairperson of the Junior Members of the Spanish Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. I have also been able to channel part of my computing and networking passion through the Society, where I act as webmaster and social media coordinator.
I became a member of EAACI in 2009. Since then, I have actively participated in different EAACI activities, most frequently congresses, where I have sent communications almost every year. I have learnt and continue learning so much thanks to EAACI, and now I think my duty is to give back.
As JM Epidemiology representative, my special intentions are:
- Promote knowledge of Epidemiology among EAACI junior members.
- Encourage Junior Members to enhance their statistics and study designs.
- Facilitate collaboration projects involving Junior Members from different countries.
- Collaborate with organization of JM-dedicated sessions in EAACI congresses and focused meetings.
- Continue efforts started by current and previous JM WG Board.Last updated: 12 September 2016
Marco Caminati, MD
Referral Centre for prevention, diagnosis &
treatment of allergic diseases
GA2LEN Collaboration Centre
Borgo Trento University Hospital
My keen interest in Allergy and Clinical Immunology developed during my fifth year curriculum of study, and what amazed me since the beginning is the wide variety of clinical manifestations and different kind of patients an allergist has the chance to manage.
My final thesis, about latex sublingual immunotherapy in exposed workers, was the result of a two-year training at the Allergy Unit of Fondazione Maugeri Institute of Care and Research – University of Pavia, Italy. I also attended international undergraduated courses of IUSS (Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia) - Biomedical Sciences class, that offers high quality education, with an interdisciplinary approach, to the most promising students selected through a national competition. I obtained the "Diploma di licenza" in 2007, discussing an original thesis about "Complexity and Caos of the Immune System".
In 2012 I completed my residence program in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at University of Pavia, with a dissertention about accuracy of Peak Nasal Inspiratory Flow mesurement in assessing nasal patency in patients affected by occupational rhinitis. During my specialist training I was actively involved in research activity and some peer-reviewed publications mainly concerning respiratory and occupational allergy.
I spent my early months as a specialist in the Allergy Unit (Internal Medicine and Clinical immunology Department) of San Raffaele Institute of Research and Care in Milan, Italy, where I focused on drug and food allergy and I developed research activity about Immunotherapy.
Since September 2012 I work in the Allergy Unit of Verona University Hospital. My clinical and research activity mainly concerns: asthma monitoring tools, severe asthma management, immunotherapy, skin allergy, food allergy. The last is a main interest of mine; the abstract on wine allergy I presented during the EAACI 2012 Congress was awarded the 1st prize for the best abstract in the JM Case Report Session. Moreover we are leading some educational programmes for pharmacists and non-allergist-physicians.
Since 2009 I am involved in the SIAIC (Italian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology) Junior Members Working Group.Last updated: 12 September 2016
Ignacio Esteban Gorgojo, Allergy physician
Hospital General de Villalba
Ctra. Alpedrete a Moralzarzal, Km 41
28400 – Collado Villalba, Madrid
I studied medical school at Universidad de Zaragoza (Zaragoza, Spain). In addition to my basic formation I undertook several elective rotations. In the biomedical research area I performed a 4 month rotation in Universidad de Zaragoza Biochemistry department (Zaragoza), a 2 month program at Weill Cornell Medical Centre’s Neurology department (NY, USA) and a 2 month internship at Columbia University Medical Centre’s Neurology department (NY, USA).
After my medical school I completed my training as an allergy physician at Fundación Jiménez Díaz (Madrid, Spain) under Dr. Joaquín Sastre´s supervision. I have experience both in adult and paediatric allergy.
As elective rotations during my training I undertook 3 internships. 3 moths at Hospital Niño Jesús (Madrid, Spain), paediatric allergy, under Dra. Paloma Ibañez supervision. 3 months at Fundación Jiménez Diaz immunology department (Madrid, Spain), under Dr. Carlos Pastor supervision. 5 months at Royal Brompton Hospital (London, UK) under Dr. Omar Usmani supervision of Pulmonology department and collaborating with Prof. Stephen Durham and Dr. Moises Calderon, from the allergy department.
At this moment I am working at Hospital General de Villalba (Madrid, Spain). I am also undertaking a PhD program at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
I am currently involved in EAACI as a JM rep of the immunotherapy IG. Moreover, I am also an active member of CAJMIR (SEAIC, Spanish allergy society, JMA) and a AAAI member.
My areas of expertise are immunotherapy, asthma and ENT allergic diseases. I am fully convinced that immunotherapy is one of our main tools to treat allergic patients. It is one of the main reasons why we have a different approach to our patients that other specialist. Definitely is our main resource to change the allergic diseases prognosis and development. Finally, I always like to emphasize that IT is should not only be used as a treatment of an existing illness, it can also be to avoid the disease's development.
As I hope to have previously established, although I am a physician, I have experience in the research field. I am willing to collaborate and help everyone. I encourage you to contact me for any inquiry you might have. Do not lose the opportunities that EAACI is offering you.Last updated: 12 September 2016
Philipp Starkl, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow
Medical University of Vienna, Dept. of Medicine 1, Laboratory of Infection Biology
CeMM, Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
Waehringer Guertel 18-20
1090 Vienna, Austria
I am an Austrian native and studied molecular biology at the University of Vienna and obtained my PhD in immunology from the Medical University of Vienna.
Having a long-standing interest in mast cell biology and mechanisms of type 2 immune responses, I moved to Stanford University to join the lab of Steve Galli for a Postdoc. During this phase, I investigated the functions of IgE effector mechanisms in acquired host resistance against venoms. With my return to the Medical University of Vienna in Summer 2015, I became a member of the lab of Sylvia Knapp where I combine my primary research interests related to functions of type 2 immune effector components in host defense and disease.
I am very grateful for this opportunity to actively shape and support the development of the exciting topic of infections and allergy during the next two years within EAACI. I am looking forward to get involved in the JM activities and to contribute my part in order to maintain and further strengthen the communication and collaboration between the different interest groups and to promote education of JMs in infections and allergy.Last updated: 12 September 2016
Elisa Boni, MD
Allergy Unit, Departement of Medicine
Via Napoleona 60
22100 Como, Italy
Tel: +39 031.5855570
I studied medicine at University of Modena and I obtained my degree in 2006. I have then been Resident Doctor in Allergology and Clinical Immunology at University of Parma and ended in 2014 with degree of excellence. My work and studies mainly involved dermatology as well as food and respiratory allergy, in vivo and in vitro diagnosis.
From the time I started attending residency program I have had the opportunity to further explore other fields such as hymenoptera venom allergy with Doctor Beatrice Bilò. My training was subsequently supplemented and completed with an EAACI Fellowship in 2014 for a 3 months period at Allergy Unit and Laboratory Unit in Malaga with Professor Miguel Blanca and Professor Maria José Torres where I could study in depth drug allergy.
I am currently Allergist in Allergy Unit at Sant’Anna Hospital in Como, Italy. My main professional activity refers to hymenoptera venom allergy, mastocytosis and drug allergy.
I also participate in research projects and I have actively participated at EAACI Congresses, Meetings and JM activities. I contributed in local and International meetings with oral and poster presentations and received an award at EAACI-WAO Congress in 2013. I also participated in Mentorship program and my mentor was Beatrice Bilò.
I have a good integration capacity and learnt to work in an international context and with people who could have different ways in facing work.
I want to promote the education and training of JMs and their participation in EAACI activities such as Mentorship program and Research and Clinical Fellowships.Last updated: 12 September 2016
George Guibas M.D, Phd (Georgios Gkimpas)
Honorary Clinical Fellow
Paediatric Allergy and Immunology Department
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
Central Manchester University Hospitals Trust
I am 35 years old and I am a M.D, specialist in Allergy and Clinical Immunology. I am currently a Clinical Research Fellow of the Institute of Human Development, Centre of Paediatrics and Child Health of the University of Manchester where I work with Professor Nikolaos Papadopoulos, and an Honorary Clinical Fellow of the Paediatric Allergy and Immunology Department of the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Central Manchester University Hospitals Trust, where I work with Dr. Peter Arkwright. I hold a Phd in experimental mechanisms of allergy, specifically rodent models of respiratory allergy with a focus on pharmacologic interventions in allergic rhinitis protocols. I have been a scientific associate of the Laboratory of Experimental Physiology, Aristotle University, Greece for 4 years, during which I focused on the design of natural-relevant models of allergic sensitization. My research interests revolve around all facets of allergy, including both experimental and clinical allergy, as well as epidemiology of allergic disease. I have also been a research associate of the Allergy Department, 2nd Pediatric Clinic, University of Athens, where I conducted epidemiological research on early-life risk factors for future allergy development. To date I have 14 scientific articles published, in press or submitted to peer-review journals, several abstracts presented in national and international conferences and I have delivered talks at national congresses and workshops.
EAACI has thus far proven to me that it values its younger members; all the EAACI seniors I have met have also been extremely reachable and supportive. Ever since I joined I have been presented with numerous opportunities to participate in important events and I have never ceased to feel supported. Furthermore, I have had the privilege of having professor Papadopoulos as my mentor in the context of the mentorship program, something that has greatly strengthened my ties with EAACI. For all these reasons, I wanted to assume an active role in this society and be part of the effort to make it the best it can be.
Occupational allergy is currently on the rise and involves a wide range of pathophysiological mechanisms and a host of clinical manifestations; it is a very interesting and timely issue and I am glad to be given the opportunity to get actively engaged with it, in the context of this interest group. I will do my very best to connect JMs with the occupational allergy IG but I will also try to bring forward new ideas and support suggestions of other members, to the best of my ability.Last updated: 12 September 2016
Diana Silva, MD, PhD student
Serviço de Imunoalergologia
Centro Hospitalar São João EPE – Porto, Portugal
Immunology Lab, Basic and Clinical Immunology
Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
Alameda Prof. Hernâni Monteiro
4200 – 319 Porto, Portugal
Tel: 00 351 919078179
I studied Medicine in Faculty of Medicine of Porto University, started my training in Allergy and Clinical Immunology in 2010 at Serviço de Imunoalergologia, Centro Hospitalar São João EPE and obtained my specialist degree in 2015. Since 2013 I also teach Basic and Clinical Immunology at Faculty of Medicine of Porto University.
I became an EAACI member since the beginning of my training in 2010 and I have actively joined EAACI activities, attending to congresses, allergy schools and I received a 3 month clinical fellowship in Skin and Allergy Hospital in Helsinki. There, I have acquired knowledge on ocular allergy field, learned how to perform conjunctival provocation challenges and started a research project between Helsinki and Porto. My ensuing cooperation with the Task Force Conjunctival Provocation Challenge: guideline in daily practice, organized by the Interest Group of Ocular Allergy, increased my awareness to its underuse in clinical practice.
I have a wide range of interests in the allergy and clinical immunology field and I have published in diferente fields, namely food allergy, drug allergy, immunotherapy, asthma, allergy and sports. My PhD research mainly focuses on Exercise Immunology and in immunological impact of lifestyle changes.
My proposals as JM and Ocular Allergy Interest Group representative are: (1) increase awareness to the proper diagnosis and treatment of the ocular hypersensitivity disorders in the clinical practice; (2) to stimulate the cooperation between ophthalmologists and allergists/pediatricians/ primary care physicians in the proper treatment of ocular allergy and (3) to encourage the use of conjunctival provocation test not only for investigational purposes but also in the daily life clinical practice.Last updated: 12 September 2016
Spyridon Megremis, Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
The University of Manchester
Royal Manchester Chuldren's Hospital, 5th Floor (Reseach)
Manchester, M13 9WL, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 161 701 6947 (Hospital)
Alternat. Tel: +44 (0) 161 275 1536 (MCCIR)
I am currently a post-doctoral research associate in the University of Manchester and my primary work revolves around the investigation of the indigenous viral microbiota (virome) of the respiratory tract using metagenomics. In this context I am also interested in the identification of low frequency nucleotide variants in the RNA sequence of Human rhinovirus during in vitro and in vivo infections as well as the modelling of the host response at the gene expression level.
Last updated: 12 September 2016
Nino Lomidze, MD
Center of Allergy and Immunology
2/6 Lublianastr, 0159, Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel: +995 32 252 05 33
I graduated from Tbilisi State Medical University in 2006 with degree of excellence. During my studying period I was awardedby president of Georgia for taking the first place in Georgian-European Medical Students'Scientific Conference.
During my residency course in Allergy and Clinical Immunology I received DAAD scholarship and for 3 months attended as a guest resident at TUM "Klinik und Poliklinik fur Dermatologie und Allergologie" in Munich, led by Univ. Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Johannes Ring. Currently, I am working as an allergist at the Center of Allergy and Immunology in Tbilisi, Georgia. This year I became PhD student under supervision of Prof. Maia Gotua. My main research interest is food allergy.
I have been a Junior Member of EAACI since 2006. I have actively participated in EAACI Congresses, Allergy Schools and Meetings. Two times I was awarded by travel grant. I am also junior member of Georgian Association of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and actively participate in local International conferences with oral and poster presentations.
After completing General Management Certified Program at the School of Government in 2010 I got special knowledge in the health care management and I hope it will help me in EAACI activities.
As JM representative of Primary Care IG I would like to help building a bridge between young allergists and young primary care specialists interested in allergy management of primary care. I will support activities directed to improvement of level of their knowledge and promote their international communications. I clearly understand the importance of primary care in proper management of allergic patients, as appropriate referral is a key factor for success. I will also support EAACI Juniors from primary care community to present, discuss and solve problems of their work related allergy from primary care perspective.
I am sure that my enthusiasm and hard work will help me to do more and become an active part of JM EAACI Society.Last updated: 12 September 2016
Manuel Jorge Rial Prado
Allergy and Clinical Immunology Unit
Complexo Hospitalario Universitario A Coruna
As Xubias de arriba s/n
15006, A Coruna, A Coruna
Tel: +34-981-17-65-67 (ext 296416)
I work as an Allergist at Complexo Hospitalario Universitario A Coruna. I finished my training in Allergy at the same hospital in may 2015. I studied Medicine in Santiago de Compostela at Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (A Coruna, Spain). I've been involved in research projects related with oral immunotherapy with egg (OVALE), beta-lactams allergy, immunomodulatory effects of probiotics in atopic dermatitis and in the standardization of a new dust mite vaccine. I'm actually performing my PhD, my thesis deals about the clinical and functional implications of the little airway on asthma. This project is currently conducted in collaboration with the pneumology department of my hospital. My main research interests focus on primary immunodeficiencies, severe asthma, immunomodulatory effects of probiotics on atopy and pediatric allergy. At the present time I'm coordinator of the JMA Section of the Spanish Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology. I became junior member of EAACI in 2012 and have profoundly participated in all EAACI congresses that I could since then.
As JM Rep of the Immunodeficiencies IG my special intentions are:
- Work with commitment and proficiency to enlighten and emphasize our specialty, focusing on immunodeficiencies
- Promote multicentric research projects involving Junior Members from different European countries to deepen and better
achieve conclusive results.
- Collaborate with diffusion of scientific advances in allergy assessment and diagnosis.
- Extend former achievements by the current JM WG Board
- Report activities, opportunities (grants/awards) for JM and help to create new teamworks across European countries.Last updated: 12 September 2016
Alexandra F. Santos, MD, PhD
Department of Paediatric Allergy
Division of Asthma, Allergy & Lung Biology
King's College London
5th floor Tower Wing
London SE1 9RT
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7188 0605
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7403 8640
I became a Junior Member of EAACI when I started my training in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Coimbra University Hospital in Portugal in 2005. During my training, I had the opportunity to work in two other European Centers of reference: the Department of Paediatric Allergy of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital/King's College London, led by Professor Gideon Lack, and the Laboratory of Allergy within the Department of Experimental Immunology of Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam, led by Professor Ronald Van Ree. EAACI meetings, Post-Graduate Courses and Allergy Schools were also a very important part of my specialization.
I am currently a Senior Clinical Lecturer at King's College London and an Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Allergy at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in London. I am very fortunate to work in this world-class clinical and research department and to combine clinical activity in Paediatric Allergy with translational research in the laboratory. My research has focused on improving the diagnosis of food allergy and exploring the immunological mechanisms underlying allergy and tolerance in food-sensitised children. My main research interests are food allergy, anaphylaxis and allergy prevention.
I have been a member of the Junior Members' Working Group (JM WG) of EAACI since 2011. From 2011 to 2013, I was the JM Representative of the Paediatric Section, and from 2013 to 2015, I was the JM Chair. It was a wonderful experience to be part of this incredible and very active group within EAACI, both from a professional and from a personal point of view. From a professional point of view, it was provided me with unique opportunities to participate in various EAACI task forces, collaborations with EAACI journals, organisation of the EAACI Congress, EAACI Focused Meetings and EAACI Allergy Schools, and many other aspects of the life of the Academy. From a personal point of view, it was an extraordinary incomparable enriching experience and great fun. Within the current and previous JM WG, I made friends for life!Last updated: 12 September 2016