Hot topics in the Dermatology Section

1. Hot topics in the Dermatology Section

Task Forces


Autoinflammatory syndromes

Allergic contact dermatitis in children


2. New books published within the last two years

Urticaria and angioedema

Editors: Torsten Zuberbier, Clive Grattan & Marcus Maurer (Springer).

Valuable resource for those interested in skin research! The book explores the he history, aetiopathogenesis and classification of urticaria, as well as providing in depth understanding of acute, chronic, dermographic and delayed pressure, heat and cold, solar, cholinergic, contact urticaria. The last part is devoted to the urticarial syndromes and autoinflammation, vasculitis and angioedema, therapy of urticaria, standard operating procedures and practical approaches. The book is written by leading experts in the field and provides a comprehensive update on every aspect of current management of urticaria.

3. Books in press


Editors: Jean Bolognia, Jozeph Jorizzo, Ronald Rapini

The ultimate goal of the book is for it to never make its way to the bookshelf because it is being used on a weekly, or perhaps even daily, basis. This book will function as a colleague, albeit a non-verbal one, who is easily approachable and possesses the necessary expertise to provide succinct, up-to date information that is both precise and practical.

4. The must read papers of the last 3-6 months

EAACI taskforce position paper: evidence for autoimmune urticaria and proposal for defining diagnostic criteria.

Konstantinou G.N., Asero R., Ferrer M., Knol E.F., Maurer M., Raap U., Schmid-Grendelmeier P., Skol P.S., Grattan C.E.

Allergy 2013, 68(1):27-36.

European Competence Network on Mastocytosis (ECNM): 10-year jubilee, update, and future perspectives.

Valent P,, Arock M., Bonadonna P., Brockow K., Broesby-Olsen S., Escribano L., Gleixner K.V., Grattan C., Hadzijusufovic E., Hägglund H., Hermine O., Horny H.P., Kluin-Nelemans H.C., Maurer M., Niedoszytko M., Nedoszytko B., Nilsson G., Oude-Elberink H.N., Orfao A., Radia D., Reiter A., Siebenhaar F., Sotlar K., Sperr W.R., Triggiani M., Vandoormaal J.J., Várkonyi J., Yavuz S., Hartmann K.

Wien Klin Wochenschr 2012, 124;(23-24):807-814

How not to miss autoinflammatory diseases masquerading as urticaria

Krause K., Grattan C.E., Bindslev-Jensen C., Gattorno M., Kallinich T., de Koning H.D., Lachmann H.J., Lipsker D., Navarini A.A., Simon A., Traidl-Hoffmann C., Maurer M.

Allergy 2012, 67;12:1465-74

Efficacy and safety of the interleukin-1 antagonist rilonacept in Schnitzler syndrome: an open-label study

Krause K., Weller K., Stefaniak R., Wittkowski H., Altrichter S., Siebenhaar F., Zuberbier T., Maurer M.

Allergy 2012, 67;7:943-50.

A positive serum basophil histamine release assay is a marker for ciclosporin-responsiveness in patients with chronic spontaneous urticaria

Iqbal K., Bhargava K., Skov PS., Falkencrone S., Grattan C.

Clinical and Translational Allergy 2012, 1;2(1):19

Childhood urticaria

Marrouche N., Grattan C.

Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology 2012, 12(5):485-90

Mutational spectrum and geno-phenotype correlation in Chinese families with Hereditary Angioedema

Xu Y., Zhi X., Yin J., Wang L., Wen L.P., Gu J.Q., Guan K., Craig T., Zhang H.Y.

Allergy 2012, 67(11):1430-6

Anaphylaxis in an emergency setting – elicitors, therapy and incidence of severe allergic reactions

Beyer K., Eckermann O., Hompes S., Grabenhenrich L. and Worm M.

Allergy 2012, 67(11):1451-6

IgE detection to α/β/γ-gliadin and its clinical relevance in wheat-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis 

Hofmann S.C., Fischer J., Eriksson C., Bengtsson Gref C., Biedermann T., Jakob T.

Allergy 2012, 67(11):1457-60

Attenuated Bordetella pertussis BPZE1 protects against allergic airway inflammation and contact dermatitis in mouse models 

Li R., Cheng C., Chong C.Z., Lim A.R., Goh Y.F., Locht C., KemenyD.M., Angeli V., W.S. Wong, Alonso S.

Allergy 2012, 67(10):1250-8

Successful use of omalizumab in an inadequately controlled type 2 diabetic patient with severe insulin allergy.

Cavelti-Weder C., Muggli B., Keller C., Babians-Brunner A., Biason-Lauber A., Donath M.Y., Schmid-Grendelmeier P.

Diabetes Care 2012, 35(6):e41

Development and construct validation of the angioedema quality of life questionnaire 

Weller K., Groffik A., Magerl M., Tohme N., Martus P., Krause K., Metz M., Staubach P., Maurer M.

Allergy 2012, 67(10):1289-98


5. Current international projects

Published Task Forces

Profiling Urticaria for the Identification of Subtypes (PURIST)


6. Related resources



1. Is it time for clinicians to relate genotypes to phenotypes?

2. Skin barrier function in the development of allergy

3. Skin barrier function in the development of allergy

4. Common allergic diseases in the elderly


Postgraduate Course: Practical issues in contact allergy and urticaria

31st EAACI Congress, Geneva, Switzerland on 16th of June, 2012

Antti Lauerma (Finland): Expert tips for patch testing

Radoslaw Spiewak (Poland): Testing for photoallergy

Jurgen Grabbe (Switzerland): Contact urticarial

Markus Magerl (Germany): Physical challenge testing

Urlike Raap (Germany): Skin testing in urticaria

Symposium - Atopic dermatitis: the wider picture

31st EAACI Congress, Geneva, Switzerland on 17th of June, 2012

Edward Knol (The Netherlands): Atopic dermatitis: beyond the skin and into the gut

Graham Ogg (UK): Specific immunotherapy in atopic dermatitis

Thomas Bieber (Germany): Off-label drugs for atopic dermatitis 

Symposium - Understanding urticaria

31st EAACI Congress, Geneva, Switzerland on 18th of June, 2012

Clive Grattan (UK): Tracking down a cause of urticaria

Peter Schmid-Grendelmeier (Switzerland): Germs and worms in urticaria

Riccardo Asero (Italy): Aggravating factors in chronic urticaria


Symposium - New trends in  allergy research in Russia

31st EAACI Congress, Geneva, Switzerland on 18th of June, 2012

Ludmila Ogorodova (Russian Federation): Epidemiology of food allergy in Russia

Musa Khaitov (Russian Federation): The interaction of RSV and epithelial cells in the lung

Elena Borzova (Russian Federation): The role of autoantibodies in chronic urticarial

Symposium - Food allergy and atopic dermatitis: a tale of two epithelia

31st EAACI Congress, Geneva, Switzerland on 19th of June, 2012

Aziz Sheikh (UK): Epidemiological evidence implicating defects in skin barrier to sensitization to food allergens

Thomas Werfel (Germany): Classical and pollen-related food allergies in patients with topic dermatitis – the impact of late eczematous reactions

Suzanne Pasmans (The Netherlands): When to use elimination diets in children with atopic dermatitis?

Skin Allergy Meeting

Berlin, Germany, 29 November to 1 December 2012

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Ana Giménez-Arnau - Allergic contact dermatitis

Werner Aberer - Non-Hereditary Angioedema

Ilaria Baiardini - Quality of life instruments for daily practice

Carsten Bindslev-Jensen - Food Allergy

Gino Vena - Aquatic dermatoses

Michihiro Hide - The role of sweat in skin disease - beyond hyperhidrosis

Romi Saini - The role of basophils in skin allergies

Friday, 30 November 2012

Martin Metz - Itch

Torsten Zuberbier - Interactive discussion with experts on international approaches in allergology

Margitta Worm - Anaphylaxis

Torsten Zuberbier - Atopic Dermatitis

Frank Siebenhaar - Mastocytosis

Karoline Krause - Autoinflammatory syndromes

Konrad Bork - Hereditary Angioedema

Martin Church - Role of histamine in skin physiology and allergies

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Peter Schmid-Grendelmeier - Tropical and travelers' dermatoses

Marcus Maurer – Urticaria

Clive Grattan - QUIZ - Allergic or not allergic

Can you spot the difference (and win a prize)?

4th Urticaria consensus meeting

Berlin, Germany, November 28-29, 2012

This is a 4 yearly meeting prepared by the EAACI Dermatology Section and GA2LEN for the review of the current international guidelines on the classification, pathogenesis and management of urticaria.

7. Upcoming events


* Skin Allergy Club

Zurich, Switzerland, April 20-21, 2013

* EAACI – WAO World Allergy & Asthma Congress

Milan, Italy, 22-26 June, 2013
Last updated 28 November 2014