2009 Allergy School in Ancona on Hymenoptera Venom Allergy

University Hospital, Ancona, Italy
03 – 06 September 2009

Insect sting allergy and venom immunotherapy represent an excellent model for the study of anaphylaxis and immune tolerance. Venom immunotherapy is probably the most effective form of immunotherapy available to physicians.

If you want to become a good allergist, start by studying hymenoptera venom allergy and performing venom immunotherapy!

The 1st EAACI & GA2LEN Allergy School in hymenoptera venom allergy will be held in Ancona, Italy, 3rd-6th September 2009, with the support of AAITO (Italian Association of Allergists and Immunologists) and in collaboration with the EAACI Allergy Diagnostics IG. The aim is to educate and stimulate the social contacts between young physicians from all over Europe interested in diagnosis and treatment of children and adults with Hymenoptera venom allergy.

Upon completion of this course participants should be able to:
1. Recognize the new risk factors for the severity of systemic reactions
2. Improve diagnosis of insect allergy
3. Be aware of the recent advances in the understanding of the mechanisms of venom immunotherapy
4. Be familiar with the management of allergic patients through different protocols of venom immunotherapy.

Scientific Programme
The course will include lectures which communicate basic and advanced knowledge (epidemiology, risk factors, frequent and rare clinical manifestations, diagnostics, indication for treatment, procedure of treatment, efficacy, duration of  treatment), interactive practical demonstrations (skin tests, in vitro tests and ultra-rush immunotherapy) and discussion of difficult clinical cases.
Click here to view the final Programme.

CME Accreditation
The event will be CME accredited.
Directly by plane via Rome, Munich or London Stansted ( Numerous flights (including low- cost airlines) to Bologna ( By train from Bologna, Milan or Rome ( By ship from Croatia (Split, Stari Grad, Vis, Zadar) and Greece (Igoumenitsa, Patras).


University Hospital, Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona, Via Conca 1, Ancona-Italy.

The Hotel Europe ( is located in the Torrette district of Ancona, 200 meters from the University hospital and 4 km from the railway station, port and historical town centre. Accommodation in a shared double room with another course participant is included in the registration fee. If you require a single room you will be charged extra by the hotel. Internet connection is available in all rooms free of charge.


Social activities
Ancona, the capital of the Marche region, is a seaport situated on the Adriatic Sea. The city is built on two hills that form an amphitheatre around the harbor and it was settled in the 4thC BC by Greek colonists from Syracuse. The beautiful Cathedral St. Ciriaco, the marble Arch of Trajan and the Lazzaretto are only a few of the historical monuments. Don`t forget to visit the Portonovo bay and to taste the delicious sea food.

Registration fee
Junior members: 150€ (double room)
200€ (double as single room)
Other members:  350€

Registration fee will include accommodation (3 nights), social events and all meals (except dinner on Friday 4th September).

We expect participants from all over Europe. All sessions will be held in English. In order to achieve an intimate and collegial atmosphere, to leave plenty of space for discussion and obtain optimum conditions for practical aspects, the number of participants will be limited to 50-60.
Click here to download the registration form.

Travel grants
A limited number of travel grants of up to 300€ will be provided. Priority will be given to participants from low income countries and EAACI Junior members. If you wish to apply for a travel grant you need to present an abstract.
Click here to download the travel grant application form.

Abstract Submission
Submission of abstracts is not obligatory but strongly encouraged. For abstract submission guidelines and abstract submission click here.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Ancona.

For more information on logistic aspect please contact
Sladjana Scepan    
Genferstrasse 21, 8002 Zurich
Tel: + 41 44 205 55 33
Fax: + 41 44 205 55 39

For more information on the programme please contact:

M.Beatrice Bilò - Chairman Insect Venom Hypersensitivity IG, EAACI
Department of Internal Medicine, Immunology, Allergy, Respiratory Diseases
University Hospital, Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona
Via Conca 1, Ancona – Italy
Tel: + 39 071 596 3804 /3254 / 3559
Fax: + 39 071 596 32 53

Supported by an unrestricted grant from ALK ABELLO ALK_Logo


Last updated 10 November 2009
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