EAACI workshop_13 October 2011 in Berlin

IG Aerobiology and air pollution
EAACI-COST workshop
Epidemiological evidence on the links between aerotoxicants and allergic diseases

Berlin, October 13, 2011
Charité Hospital

Submitted by Dr Lorenzo Cecchi, Dr Isabella Annesi-Maesano and Prof Karl-Christian Bergmann


Exposures to bioaerosols and chemical pollutants are associated with a wide range of allergic and health effects with major public health impact, including acute toxic effects, allergies, infectious diseases, and cancer. Respiratory symptoms and diseases and lung function impairment are the most widely studied and probably among the most important aerotoxicant-associated health effects. In addition to these adverse health effects, some protective effects of microbial exposure on atopy and atopic conditions have also been suggested. A dose–response relationship has not been established for most agents and knowledge about threshold values is sparse.

The purpose of the workshop is to collect major experts in the field of allergic diseases to present the state of art on the links between aerotoxicants and allergic diseases and identify unmet needs. Specific recommendations will be implemented.

The workshop will be held at the occasion of the COST Action meeting in Berlin, October 14-15, 2011.


Heidrun Behrendit (Germany)
Lorenzo Cecchi (Italy)

11:00 to 13:00: From environmental exposure to bedside
The effects of environment on allergic respiratory diseases: state of the art
Gennaro D’Amato (Italy) 25 min
Pathophysiology of the allergic response  
Carsten Schmidt-Weber (Germany) 25 min
Data driven methods for investigating and forecasting symptoms and medication use in allergy patients  
Kostas Karatzas (Greece) 25 min
Clinical threshold of pollen  
Karl Christian Bergman (Germany) 25 min


Heidrun Behrendt (Germany)
Lorenzo Cecchi (Italy)
14:00 – 18:00: The impact of the environment on allergic diseases
Chemical pollutants and allergies – Including interactions between bioaerosols and chemical pollutants.
I Annesi-Maesano (France) 25 min
The skin as an outdoor target organ
Johannes Ringe (Germany) 25 min
The use of weather data and climate
Mikhail Sofiev (Finland) 25 min
Moving from pollen to allergen count
Mikhail Sofiev (Finland) 25 min
Moving from pollen to allergen count
Jeroen Buters (Germany) 25 min
Standardization and homogenization of aerobiological data from the patient’s point of view
Uwe Berger/Siegfried Jager (Austria) 25 min
Multidisciplinary Round table, jointly with the COST EUPOL MC: Future directions
Lorenzo Cecchi, Heidrun Behrendt
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