Cezmi AkdisDear EAACI member

I attended the Allergy School on Hymenoptera Venom Allergy in Munich last week, the second Allergy School of the year, which once again showed us how important it is to transfer the most updated knowledge to medical professionals in career development. I said in my previous note that I hoped it would provide a great opportunity for junior members to learn more about essential and novel developments in the area and I wasn’t disappointed. Over three days, young allergists shared their ideas in the field through a series of fascinating lectures and interactive demonstrations and I’m sure it was highly beneficial for all who attended. Many thanks once again to Prof. Franziska Rueff and all those who helped organise such a successful event.

Earlier this week, I had the chance to meet with the EAACI Board of Officers. These meetings are incredibly productive in finding out exactly where the Academy stands and what we need to do to continue to improve. Finding constructive ways to progress is an essential ingredient for success and as I reach the end of my Presidency, I hope to leave the Academy in a strong position going forward. I enjoyed meeting and discussing ideas at the EAACI HQ in Zurich and thank all of those involved for their continued efforts for the success of the Academy.

Of course all of these meetings are leading to the biggest event of the year; the EAACI-WAO 2013 World Allergy and Asthma Congress. Preparation continues in collaboration with WAO and this joint effort is helping create what I believe will be the best congress ever. The deadline for Late-Breaking Abstracts has now passed and we received 2145 abstracts and broke all of the records of the highest number of abstracts submitted to an allergy meeting.

You cannot imagine how enthusiastic the young scientists are to share their best research findings with the rest of the world. There is still reduced registration fee possible until the 15th of May. You can register here.

Finally, I’d like to remind you that Abstract Submission and Registration for our next Allergy School on Allergy Diagnosis in & beyond the Skin is now open. This is due to take place in Erlangen, Germany from 25 – 28 July 2013 and will provide a good opportunity to share novel data and ideas on the spectrum of diagnostic in vivo and in vitro tests used in allergy diagnosis. Don’t miss out!

Best regards,
Cezmi A. Akdis
EAACI President
Last updated 29 July 2014
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