From the EAACI Bylaws
In order to allow EAACI to influence and keep updated information on matters related to allergy and clinical immunology, it has been decided to create “Interest Groups”. An Interest Group represents an area of general interest within allergology that is not well covered by any one of the EAACI Sections.
The activities of the Aerobiology and Pollution IG started in early 2002, after the Environmental and Occupational Health Group divided into three separate groups at the Berlin Congress in 2001.
The IG aims to provide information about pollen distribution and air pollution in Europe and associated information for patients.
Activities of IG: Allergy School
Investigating allergic effects of environmental exposures
2 - 5 July 2014
The planned Allergy School is aimed at providing the participants with the knowledge and skills to investigate the relationships between the environment and allergies.
Among the topics covered will be biological mechanisms, clinics, genetics and epigenetics and environmental risks for allergies and their assessment in asthma, rhinitis, food allergy, eczema, urticaria, drug allergy and venom allergy.
In this regard pollen, mould, air pollution and indoor allergen assessments will be discussed and participants will learn about tools such as:
• Clinical tests to identify allergic conditions
• Methodology for environmental assessment
• Statistical and epidemiological methods for investigating the relationship between environmental exposure and allergies
• The statistical package EPIINFO that will allow participants to build and analyse a study.
Most importantly, the participants will understand the importance of standardisation and validation schemes.
Secretary: Jeroen Buters,
Please address any comments and suggestions to the (Sevcan Celenk).
Message by Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment, on the occasion of the International scientific event on Clean Air organized by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and the Word Asthma Organisation – EAACI WAO Congress 2013