JM Assembly

  • JM Chairperson

    eguiluz jm chairpersonIbon Eguíluz-Gracia, MD, PhD

    Allergy Unit and Research Laboratory 
    Regional University Hospital of Malaga and Biomedical Research Institute of Malaga (IBIMA)
    Malaga
    Spain 

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    I obtained my MD degree at University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) in 2007. From 2008 to 2012 I performed my medical specialization in Allergy at Hospital Clínico San Carlos (Madrid, Spain) through the "MIR" fellowship system. In 2011 I obtained my Advanced Studies Diploma in Immunology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid with a work focused on food allergy diagnosis. During my fellowship years I performed a 3-month research rotation in Proteomics (plant-food allergen characterization) at Prof Fernando Vivanco´s group (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), and a 4-month research rotation in Mast Cell Biology (in vitro murine model of mast cell specific desensitization) at Prof Mariana Castells’ group at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA).

    After completing my medical specialization, I joined Prof Frode Jahnsen’s group at the Center for Immune Regulation, University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital (Norway). My research activity was focused on the role of monocytes and macrophages in human airway allergy. I obtained my PhD in Immunology at the University of Oslo in 2016. During my PhD years I also worked as a collaborator teacher in Immunology at the University of Oslo.

    In 2016 I joined the Allergy Unit and Research group at the Regional University Hospital of Malaga and Biomedical Research Institute of Malaga (IBIMA) currently headed by Prof Maria Jose Torres. In this group I work as allergy consultant and postdoctoral researcher with activities focused on nasal inflammatory disorders.

    From 2013 to 2017 I served as the JM representative at EAACI Immunology Section and as board member of the JM Working Group. I was a founder member of the EAACI JM-Clinical and Translational Allergy journal collaboration, and from 2015 I was the coordinator of the EAACI JM Mentorship Programme Team. As board member of the Immunology Section I collaborated with the organization of several Immunology Winter Schools and with ISMA 2017, and I was the local organizer of the 2017 Winter School in Sierra Nevada (Granada, Spain). In 2017 I was elected as the JM Chairperson for the term 2017-2019. I am very honored to hold this position through which I aim to increase the visibility of JM and their involvement in EAACI scientific output. One of my main goals is to address the needs and concerns of JM with different geographical origins and professional backgrounds (basic scientists, MD with different specialties...), and I will highly appreciate any help and suggestions from the rest of the JM Assembly board and EAACI Junior Membership.

    Last updated: 02 August 2017
  • JM Secretary

    alvarez perea jm secretaryAlberto Alvarez-Perea, MD, PhD

    Allergy Service
    Hospital Materno Infantil Gregorio Marañón
    O’Donnell, 48
    28009 Madrid
    Spain

    Tel: +34915868267
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    After I got my medical degree in Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain (2000-2005), I did my residency in Allergy in Hospital Gregorio Marañón, in Madrid. Since the beginning of my training, I have been linked to the Pediatric Allergy Unit. This has led me to collaborate with Pediatric research activities, specially those concerning Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis. I fulfilled my training in 2011 and, since 2013, I am part of the Pediatric Allergy Unit, where I work full-time as a consultant. I also act as a residents mentor. I obtained my PhD in 2015, presenting a work titled "Anaphylaxis in the Emergency Department: Incidence, Diagnosis and Management", which studied the presentation and triggers of anaphylaxis among adult and pediatric patients.

    I am a member of the Spanish Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, where I serve as Chairperson of the Junior Members. I have also been able to channel part of my computing and networking passion through this Society, where I act as webmaster and social media coordinator.

    I became a member of EAACI in 2009. Since then, I have participated in different EAACI activities. In 2015 I was chosen JM representative of the Epidemiology IG. During this time I have been part of the Mentorship Program and the Congresses operational groups. I have also tried to assist EAACI with my knowledge of the Internet and Social Media, collaborating with updates from the EAACI accounts during congresses and about Pediatric Allergy and Immunology publications. Last year, I became a member of the mHealth TF, led by Prof. Matricardi. I have also been offered the opportunity to serve as an Associate Editor in Clinical and Translational Allergy.

    As JM Assembly secretary, my special intentions are:

    - Support JM’s needs, with a special interest in education.
    - Collaborate with the organization of JM-dedicated sessions in EAACI congresses and focused meetings.
    - Promote the relationship and combined work among JM and between JM and seniors, supporting and enhancing the JM Mentorship Program.
    - Facilitate collaboration projects involving Junior Members from different countries.
    - Continue the efforts started by previous JM Assembly boards.

    Last updated: 02 August 2017
  • Basic & Clinical Immunology Section Representative

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    Florentina Sava, PhD
    Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
    Mindelsohn Way
    Birmingham B15 2TG
    United Kingdom


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    I studied for my MSc in human molecular genetics at the University of Barcelona (Spain) and University Alexandru Ioan Cuza Iasi (Romania) and graduated in 2011. Subsequently, in 2012, I obtained a grant from the Univeristy of Barcelona and Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of the Spanish Government to continue research on the role of CERKL gene and its contribution to the pathogenesis of Retinitis pigmentosa dystrophy. While I was at the University of Barcelona, I was also involved with teaching laboratory classes about molecular genetics to bachelor students.

    In 2013, I had the great opportunity to be involved in a collaboration research project for 3 months at the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center (United States of America), where I contributed to the phenotypic characterization of retinal knock-out mouse models and their high significance in the development of human retinal disorders.

    I obtained my PhD in Clinical Medicine, Immunology field, from Semmelweis University, Budapest (Hungary) in 2017. My PhD Thesis focused on the ''Characterization of the inflammatory status of preterm neonates''. The significant results of my PhD Thesis have been published in international immunology journals but I also had the honor to present them at the EAACI Congress 2016 in Vienna, the 15th EAACI Immunology Winter School 2017 in Sierra Nevada and other international conferences and important advanced immunology schools around the world which were sponsored by grants, awards and scholarships.

    I am currently a Geneticist at Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (United Kingdom), where I provide high quality clinical diagnostic genetics services to national and international patients with rare disorders by using Next Generation Sequencing. Besides clinical work, I also offer support with practical training in clinical genetics of first year medical students at the University of Birmingham and also to Trainees of the NHS Scientist Training Programme. At the same time, I collaborate and continue work with the immunology research group from Semmelweis University.

    It is a great honour and pleasure to actively support and shape the EAACI community within next two years as a JM Representative of the Basic&Clinical Immunology Section. I seek to endorse and help the JMs with their high quality basic research, clinical work and education at the highest level in immunology. Moreover, to provide their bridge amongst all EAACI members and colleagues worldwide in order to strengthen their scientific interactions, exchange of ideas and frienship, leading to fellowships, mentorship, training courses.

    Last updated: 02 August 2017
  • Asthma Section Representative

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    Susanne Vijverberg, PhD

    Department of Respiratory Medicine
    Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam
    Meibergdreef 9, 1105 AZ Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

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    Asthma has a major impact on patients and their caregivers. As a respiratory and pharmaceutical scientist I am fascinated by the promise of biomarkers to tailor asthma treatment, and I am dedicated to improve asthma management through research and teaching. EAACI plays a pivotal role in fostering collaboration between clinicians and researchers, as well as educating the next generation. Since 2011, I am an EAACI junior member and experienced firsthand how important the EAACI activities are for early career professionals.

    In 2014, I completed my PhD on “Treatment Response in Childhood Asthma” at the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Clinical Pharmacology (group of dr. Anke-Hilse Maitland - van der Zee, Utrecht University, the Netherlands) and at the Department of Respiratory Medicine (group of prof. dr. Leo Koenderman, University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands). During my PhD, I have combined immunological, pharmacogenomics and epidemiological approaches to identify biomarkers to guide pediatric asthma treatment and presented my research at various EAACI congresses. As part of my PhD training, I visited the group of prof. dr. Colin Palmer at the Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee University (Dundee, UK) as a guest researcher.

    After my PhD, I became a post-doc/lecturer at Utrecht University. I obtained my academic teaching qualification, as well as a short-term research grant to start up the Pharmacogenomics in Childhood Asthma consortium (PiCA). Currently, international researchers of 22 pediatric asthma studies take part in the PiCA consortium. In addition, I became a board member of the Netherlands Network of Precision Medicine. In October 2016, I was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Respiratory Medicine in the newly established research group of prof. dr. Anke-Hilse Maitland- van der Zee at the AMC (Amsterdam, the Netherlands). I am involved in various precision medicine studies, including the PUFFIN trial (a RCT on genotype-guided asthma treatment) and the pan-European SysPharmPediA research consortium (focusing on systems medicine approaches in childhood asthma). I have co-authored > 25 PubMed indexed scientific articles and currently supervise 4 PhD students. As an early career researcher in the asthma field, I feel honored to represent the voice of the junior members in the Asthma section!
    Last updated: 02 August 2017
  • Pediatrics Section Representative

    comberiati jm pediatricsPasquale Comberiati, MD and Pediatric Resident

    Department of Surgery, Dentistry, Pediatrics and Gynecology
    Pediatric Clinic
    University of Verona,
    37134 Verona, Italy


    Tel: +39-3888729959
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    I studied medicine at the Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), where I graduated in 2012 with a thesis on pediatric respiratory allergies. Research has always been a crucial part of my medical career. In 2013 I started a 5-year pediatric residency training program at the University of Verona (Italy), which I expect to complete by July 2018. At the very beginning of my residency, I had the pleasure to join the University of Verona research group on pediatric pulmonology led by Professor Attilio Boner and the Italian Pediatric Allergy Network (I-PAN), an independent research group working on pediatric allergic diseases.

    Within the last five years, I gleaned considerable research experience working as medical co-investigators in European and Italian multicenter studies on food and respiratory allergies in children. Moreover, I had the privilege to be actively involved in the Italian Society of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology (SIAIP) as JMs representative and member of the Food Allergy and Allergy Diagnosis working groups. Currently, I am taking a 6-month research scholar on food allergy at Children’s Hospital Colorado (Denver, USA), under the supervision of Professor David Fleischer. My research is focused on possible interventions to improve food allergy-related quality of life and self-efficacy.

    My experience as an EAACI JM started in 2013. I frequently attended the EAACI annual congresses since then, presenting posters or working as abstracts reviewer. In 2014 I was fortunate enough to be selected for an EAACI Mentorship Program Award, which provided me with the unique opportunity to visit the Gastro and Food Allergy Research Group (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia) led by Professor Katie Allen, an international opinion leader in the field of pediatric food allergy. That experience strongly shaped my scientific and clinical career.

    I am honored to take over the role of JM representative of the Pediatrics Section. As such, I want to encourage pediatric residents and young pediatricians to take part in the EAACI scientific activities. Furthermore, I want to collaborate with all JMs to facilitate clinical and research active colleagues to build up scientific cooperation and contribute to the continuous growth of the EAACI.

    Last updated: 02 August 2017
  • Dermatology Section Representative

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    Pavel Kolkhir, MD, PhD


    Department of Dermatology and Venereology
    Division of Immune-mediated skin diseases
    I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University
    8/2 Trubetskaya str.,
    Moscow 119991, Russia

    Tel: +7 (495) 609 14 00
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    I graduated from First Moscow State Medical University in 2005. Then I completed a 2-year allergology residency at the Institute of Immunology (Moscow, Russia) and 1-year dermatology internship at my current institution. I am primarily interested in chronic spontaneous urticaria and its pathogenic mechanisms, especially autoimmunity. I completed and defended my doctoral thesis in Dermatology in 2016. The data stemming from it were published in highly-cited allergy and dermatology journals and presented at EAACI Congress 2014 in Copenhagen, where I was awarded the prize for the best poster.

    At present, I am involved in consulting dermatology and allergy referrals and performing research on chronic spontaneous urticaria and psoriasis together with colleagues from the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, where I was doing my EAACI Clinical Fellowship in 2014 and DAAD Scholarship in 2015.

    Since 2012, as a member of EAACI Dermatology Section I have actively taken part in the Academy’s life and especially in JM activities attending different EAACI meetings, giving oral and poster presentations. Knowledge gained at these events helped me better understand the needs and demands of JMs and the ways to deal with them.

    I am confident that my experience and passion for dermatology and allergy allow me to address these interests of JMs by offering individual activities for clinicians, researchers and trainees interested in skin allergic diseases. I am eager to expand initiatives that already exist and to start new research projects thereby bringing JM Dermatology Section on the whole new level.
    Last updated: 02 August 2017
  • ENT Section Representative

    peter valentin tomazic-JMA ENT sectionPeter Valentin Tomazic, MD, PhD

     

    Dept. of General ORL, H&NS
    ENT-University Hospital Graz
    Medical University of Graz
    Auenbruggerplatz 26
    8036 Graz
    Austria

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    I 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. In 2014 I was promoted to 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 where I finished my PhD in December 2015. Before that I had the opportunity to spend 6 months in Amsterdam at the AMC with a EAACI research fellowship. In March 2017 I finished my tenure track and was promoted to Associate Professor.

    As representative of the ENT Section in the JM Board form 2015-2017 I coordinated the JM-CTA collaboration where we managed to launch new initiatives like a JM reviewer call and the publication of a JM-CTA editorial. With the ENT-section e.g. we managed to successfully organize a SERIN meeting several symposia during the EAACI annual congress as well as the ERS congress and to hold the first hands-on PG course on diagnostic endoscopy in Vienna in 2016. Also in the present term 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 I 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: 05 August 2017
  • Food Allergy IG Representative

    barni jm food allergySimona Barni, MD

    Allergy Unit
    Anna Meyer Children’s Hospital
    20139 Florence
    Italy

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    I studied Medicine at Medical University of Pisa, Italy where I graduated in 2007 with a thesis entitled “Management of Rhinitis in childhood”.

    I did my residency in Pediatric in University of Florence, Italy. During my residency I spent one year (2012-2013) as reserch Fellow at Allergy Laboratory of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to study the immunologic mechanism of eosinophilic esophagitis in humans and in murin model. In April 2013, I achived the United States licensing, released by Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). In June 2014, I completed my residency with a thesis entitled “Basophil activation test in the diagnosis of drug hypersensitivity: comparison between children and adults” and became a Board Certified Pediatrician in Italy. For the following year I was engaged in Allergy Unit of Anna Meyer Children’s Hospital as Medical Doctor directed by Prof. Elio Novembre. In January 2017 I completed the Master in Immunology and Pediatric Allergology at the University of Florence.

    All along my residency my main area of scientific interest has been drug and food allergy.

    I have been a junior member of the EAACI since 2014 and have attended every annual congress since then. As representative of the Food Allergy Interest Group of JM I want to help colleagues to build up cooperation with basic researchers. On the other hand I would like to interact with basic researchers to reinforce and facilitate clinically relevant hypotheses.

    I'm honoured to be part of the EAACI family and it is a pleasure to actively support and shape the EAACI community within next two years.

     

    Last updated: 05 August 2017
  • Drug Allergy IG Representative

    arcolaci jm drug allergyAlessandra Arcolaci, MD

    Department of Medical Sciences
    Allergology and Clinical Immunology
    University of Cagliari,
    Italy

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    I got full degree in Medicine in 2012 and currently I am a resident attending the last year in Allergology and Clinical Immunology at the University of Cagliari, Italy.

    I’ve focused my interests on two main fields: drug allergy and food allergy (Food-Dependent Exercise-Induced Anaphylaxis, Eosinophilic Esophagitis). The last year I attended as a visiting student the Department of Allergology of the Major Civil Hospital in Verona, center of reference for Drug Allergy, where I deepened my clinical knowledge in the field of drug allergy.

    From January ‘till the end of March 2018 I will attend the UGC Allergy, Regional Hospital of Malaga - IBIMA as a clinical fellow within an EAACI clinical fellowship project on drug allergy.

     

    Last updated: 24 August 2017
  • Allergen Immunotherapy IG Representative

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    Carmen Riggioni-Viquez, MD

    Allergy and Clinical Immunology Service
    Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona
    Esplugues de Llobregat
    Barcelona
    Spain


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    The evolution of allergic disease and the potential immunoregulatory mechanisms of allergen immunotherapy have always been my area of interest.

    After completing my residency in paediatrics I began my training in allergy at Imperial College London. I obtained my MSc. in Allergy under the guidance of Prof. John Warner and his team at St Mary’s Hospital in London.

    I did my thesis for Imperial College on the epidemiology of house dust mite on the XXI century and had the pleasure of being tutored by Dr. Moises Calderón.

    Currently in Barcelona, I am a paediatric allergy clinical fellow and my training involves a large number of respiratory and food allergic children undergoing aeroallergen and food allergen immunotherapy. My ongoing areas of research include house dust mite immunotherapy in asthmatic children and tolerance induction through milk and egg baked goods.

    I had the honour of receiving the EAACI research fellowship to study the characteristics of patients who achieve sustained unresponsiveness after oral food immunotherapy with milk or egg. The project will be carried out at Hospital Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona with Dr. Montserrat Alvaro-Lozano as my supervisor.

    As part of the junior member board I will aim to promote knowledge of immunotherapy among EAACI juniors and encourage collaboration projects that involve different worldwide allergy societies to promote guidelines and standardization of immunotherapy in the clinical practice.

     

    Last updated: 05 August 2017
  • Environmental & Occupational Allergy IG Representative

    quecchia jm occupationalCristina Quecchia, MD

    Laboratorio Clinico Pedagogico e Ricerca Biomedica - Centro “Io e l’Asma”
    Ospedale dei Bambini
    ASST Spedali Civili di Brescia
    Via del Medolo 2
    Brescia
    Italy


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    After completing my degree in Medicine in 2008, I obtained my fellowship in Allergology and Clinical Immunology at the University of Milan in 2014.

    During my fellowship period, I became involved in medical and research activities concentrating on nickel allergy, work-related and severe asthma.

    Currently, I am working as consultant specialist in “Io e l’Asma” Center in the Pediatric Hospital of Brescia and in the Allergy Unit at Cremona Hospital, Italy.

    Now I have focused my research interests on three main fields: rhinitis, asthma and contact dermatitis (especially nickel). Currently, my unit is working together with the Public Health University of Brescia to improve asthma management in collaboration with the Health Agency of Brescia as well as Primary Care Physicians.

    Additional fields of interest are food allergy and urticaria.

    I am actively involved in the Italian Society of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (SIAAIC) and hold the following positions: Secretary and Junior Member Chairperson in Lombardy Region and Secretary of the “Urticaria, Angioedema and Dermatological Allergology” interest group. I have also been the webmaster and a social media reference person of SIAAIC.

    I would like to bring my own personal experience to the Occupational Allergy Interest Group. I hope not only to improve the basic standard of care for patients of occupational diseases but to promote a more all-encompassing approach to the treatment of patients by involving public authorities, national health institutions, physicians as well as the patient.

    I think it's fundamental to promote a multidisciplinary treatment of occupational diseases to enhance prevention by behavioral interventions.

    In order to achieve this purpose, it is important that there is an ever stronger collaboration between the various EAACI sections/Interest Groups and between EAACI and all the European and International societies.

    Last updated: 02 August 2017
  • Allergy Diagnosis & Systems Medicine IG Representative

    bussolino jm diagnosisClaudia Bussolino, MD

    Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Mauriziano Umberto I Hospital
    University of Turin
    Turin
    Italy

    Tel: +39 0115082082
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    I became interested in Allergy and Clinical Immunology during the School of Medicine at the University of Turin. I graduated in October 2011 defending my MD thesis on “Food anaphylaxis: an epidemiologic study”. In 2012 I was admitted in the Postgraduate Training Program in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of Turin.

    My clinical and research activity concerns: urticaria-angioedema syndrome, hereditary angioedema, cutaneous and systemic mastocytosis, drug allergy, food allergy, insect sting allergies, rhinitis, asthma, hypereosinophilic syndromes, rare diseases (e.g.: Gleich’s Syndrome, IgG4-Related Diseases), primary immunodeficiency, autoimmune diseases (e.g.: ANCA associated Vasculitis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Sjogren’s Syndrome). My pratical skills include immunotherapy for insect stings allergies and aeroallergens, oral challenge test to drugs and food, drug desensitization, immunosuppressive/immunomodulating therapies, replacement therapy in primary immunodeficiency.

    At the moment I am attending my last year of the Postgraduate Training Program in Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Turin, in the group of Professor Giovanni Rolla.

    Last updated: 02 August 2017
  • Allied Health & Primary Care IG Representative

    trikamjee jm allied primaryThulja Trikamjee, MD

    Allergy Diagnostics and Clinical Research Unit
    University of Cape Town Lung Institute
    Cape Town
    South Africa

    Tel : +27 214066889
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    I am a specialist Paediatrician and Paediatric Allergist from South Africa, currently registered for a research fellowship in the division of allergy, at the University of Cape Town.

    After completing my medical degree at the Nelson R Mandela, School of Medicine in 2005, I pursued a career in Paediatrics. It was during my community service in a rural village of Kwazulu-Natal, where Nelson Mandela had cast his vote, in South Africa’s first democratic election, that I realized my passion to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged communities and vulnerable children. 

    I moved to Cape Town in 2015 to do my fellowship in Paediatric Allergy, which was made possible through a sub-specialist award I obtained from the Discovery Foundation. 

    I am passionate about driving the message of Allergy in a country where the field has until now, been undeveloped. Currently, I work as a consultant in the division of Allergy, and am involved in plans to implement long term policies in education and allergy prevention strategies in under-resourced areas of Africa. I am also working on an MPHIL titled: An Analysis of Aeroallergens in Rural vs. Urban Cohorts, which falls within a larger study, the SAFFA (South African Food Allergy and Food Sensitisation, and was awarded the MSD ALLSA Research Award for this work. 

    I am currently an active member of the Allergy Society of South Africa, and a member of the AAAI. The Certificate of Paediatric Allergy is a newly registered sub-speciality on the African continent, and I am the second candidate to have obtained it. I also hold a diploma of Allergology through the College of Medicine of South Africa.

    Last updated: 02 August 2017
  • JM Past Chairperson

    Tsilochristou Ol 1Olympia Tsilochristou, MD, PhD student

    Children's Allergies Department
    St. Thomas' Hospital, GSTT
    SE1 7EH, London
    UK

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    I studied medicine at “Ioannina School of Medicine” in Ioannina, Greece and graduated in 2005. After training in Internal Medicine, I did my residency in Allergology and Clinical Immunology in a University Allergy Department in Athens with both adult and children Outpatient Clinics. In April 2014 I completed my residency years and became a Board Certified Allergist in Greece. For the following year until February 2015, I was solely engaged in Pediatric Allergology as a Clinical Research Fellow in the University Pediatric Allergy Department of the 2nd Pediatric Clinic (University of Athens) directed by Prof. Nikos Papadopoulos.

    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: 02 August 2017