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Grants & Awards

The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, EAACI, is celebrating the 100 years of Immunotherapy.  One century ago, in 1911, Leonard Noon published in The Lancet the first original paper describing the use of allergen extract injections to treat hay fever.  To celebrate this anniversary, EAACI has developed a number of initiatives, including the presentation of the Noon Award.  With this award, EAACI would like to honour an outstanding researcher and clinician who has contributed remarkably in the immunotherapy field.

The award was presented during the Opening Ceremony on Saturday 11 June 2011.

EAACI is proud to announce the 2011 Noon Award Winner:  Dr. Alfred William Frankland.

Dr. Bill Frankland holds a special place in the history of allergy and immunotherapy, and is a direct link with the inventors of immunotherapy.  In 1946, he joined St. Mary's Hospital London and later worked with John Freeman, the co-inventor with Noon of immunotherapy.  He took over Freeman's pollen farm and founded the St. Mary's Allergy Clinic, treating thousands of patients every year.  Together with Rosa Augustin, he undertook the first controlled clinical trial of immunotherapy.  Dr. Frankland invented the concept of the pollen count and through countless media interviews he continues to explain allergy to the public.

Jan Lotvall, EAACI President 2009-2011, presents the Noon Award 2011 to William Frankland at the Opening Ceremony of the EAACI Congress 2011 in Istanbul.