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Introduction to the EAACI Section on Pediatrics

EAACI Pediatrics Section



The Pediatrics Section (PS) gathers interested EAACI members whose professional activity is devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of allergic and immunologic diseases in children. The former ESPACI (European Society of Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology) signed a pre-agreement with EAACI in 1996, and later, in 2001, it merged with the Section on Pediatrics within EAACI, SP-EAACI, that had been constituted in that year 1996. The merging gave rise to the current PS, according to a contract between ESPACI and EAACI, regulated by EAACI Section Bylaws. More details can be found in this article on history of pediatric allergy in Europe (courtesy of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology).

The PS currently has over 2100 members, including over eight hundred Junior members. A new Pediatric Board (see below) for the period 2011-2013 began its activity at the Istanbul 2011 Congress, with members from Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and UK.

The main aim of the PS is to promote excellence in the care of allergic children across Europe. Our priorities include enhancing the visibility of EAACI as a leading scientific society in Europe, increasing membership and establishing and improving educational activities in pediatric allergy and Immunology at all levels. Our activities also include collaboration with other societies, national or European, dedicated to general pediatrics, to pediatric allergy and clinical immunology, or to other pediatric subspecialties. We also have open collaboration with patients’ organizations.

The Annual Report informs of the activities of the section, and all members can attend the Business Meeting of the section, held in the Annual Congress of EAACI.

To better achieve its goals, the PS has designed a strategy for next years. The PS would like to invite all members to contribute their ideas and suggestions for future activities. Some of the current activities are the following:

The PS has an important presence in the Annual Congress of EAACI, with participation in Postgraduate Courses, Symposia, and Workshops dedicated to specific aspects of allergic and immunologic diseases in childhood. The members of the PS contribute abstracts, covering all fields of pediatric allergy and immunology. The number of pediatric abstracts exceeded 150 in the last congress.

In addition to the general Congress, the PS organizes every two years a specific pediatric meeting: the Pediatric Allergy and Asthma Meeting (PAAM), sometimes jointly with other sister European Societies. There have been meetings since 1996 in Odense, Berlin, Valencia, Prague, Estoril, Venice 2009, Barcelona 2011, Athens 2013. and Berlin 2015. Next PAAM will take place in 2017. The structurepaam 2913 logo of the meeting is much like that of the general Congress, with Plenary Sessions, Symposia and Postgraduate and Practical Courses. Communications from the members are accepted and welcome. In this meeting there are usually sessions shared with other societies, such as the ESPGHAN and the ERS-Pediatric Assembly. The smaller size of the PAAM creates a closer and friendlier atmosphere, with fluid communication and interchange with other participants.

The PS participates in the specific pediatric topics of EAACI Allergy Schools.
The PS has a great pleasure to contribute with specific sessions of pediatric allergy and immunology in Congresses and Meetings of National Societies of Pediatrics across Europe, upon request.

pediatric allergy immunology journalThe PS has an official journal: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, which publishes original contributions and comprehensive reviews related to our area. The impact of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology has been steadily rising in the last years and is currently ranked in the 6th place among journals in the field of Allergology. The members of the PS have free on-line access to the journal and receive the print version of every issue.

The PS is committed to the recognition of Pediatric Subspecialties in conjunction with the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) and with the European Academy of Pediatrics. So far, over 300 members of our Section, with long standing experience in clinical work, have received the Certificate of European Pediatric Allergist (see procedure), which recognizes their capacity and skills to treat children with allergic and immunologic diseases. This process is being progressively extended to all countries in Europe.

The PS has appointed a committee to elaborate a Training Syllabus for the education of future pediatric allergists. This Training Syllabus is intended to harmonize the training programs in pediatric allergy across European countries and to establish standards of knowledge and skills to practice pediatric allergy and immunology at the tertiary level.

The PS has set the requirements to acknowledge the competence of medical centers that wish to obtain the Certification of Pediatric Allergy Training Centers (see procedure). So far 11 centers (five in Spain and six in Sweden) have this certification that recognizes their capacity to educate future pediatric allergists.

paprica logoThe PS has a great interest in the education of Primary Care Physicians, to improve their knowledge and skills in the management of pediatric allergic and immunologic diseases. The PAPRICA (Pediatric Allergy for Primary Care Physicians) campaign provides, upon request, specialized collaboration for monographic Meetings and Symposis (see reports) with this aim.

Other activities
The PS supports and closely works with EAACI-Clemens von Pirquet Foundation, establishedclemens von pirquet foundation logo with the remaining assets of the former ESPACI, and created with the aim of improving the funding of research and education in pediatric allergology and immunology. The Foundation and the PS share many responsibilities in all mentioned activities. The Foundation Annual Report informs of its past and future activities.

The PS is involved in several Task Forces regarding pediatric aspects of allergic diseases. Two of them have published their recommendations (Anaphylaxis in children; The allergic child at school). This last document is also available in Spanish. Other Task Forces, jointly with other EAACI Sections or Interest Groups, are currently in different phases of process (Food Allergy Clinical Practise Guidelines, Pediatric Rhinitis; Allergic Contact Dermatitis in Children; Pediatric Asthma Guidelines).
For further information see PS Activities and PS Resources.


Board 2013-2015

Susanne Lau

Charité Campus Virchow
Klinik f. Pädiatrie m. S.
Pneumologie und Immunologie
Augustenburger Platz 1
13353 Berlin
Telephone: +49-30-450 666254
Fax: +49-30-4505 66931

George Du Toit

Consultant in Peadiatric Allergy
Hon. Senior Lecturer
St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44-20-718 89524

Cansin Sackesen

Ankara, Turkey

Aline Sprikkelman

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Vicky Xepapadaki
Athens, Greece

Giovanni Pajno
Messina, Italy

Montserrat Alvaro
Barcelona, Spain

JMA Affiliate:
Ozlem Cavkaytar

Ankara, Turkey

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