I am delighted to be writing to you as the new EAACI President. The handover period between former President Cezmi Akdis and I has been seamless and I am excited to start pursuing the 2013-2015 Strategic Plan which is built with the contribution of the Board and will be further elaborated with the new Executive Committee and of course all the EAACI family: we are committed to retain a bottom-up approach to strategic thinking, listening to the needs of our increasing membership.
It is just a few days after the EAACI-WAO 2013 World Allergy and Asthma Congress, an event I’m sure you’ll all agree was a great success. It was a pleasure to meet so many of you in Milan and I really appreciated the feedback and innovative ideas you have for the future. Special thanks must go out to all the speakers and chairs who contributed in such a fruitful manner, keeping the trend of increased participation and excellent quality that make our events enlightening and enjoyable.
Over five days I saw members of the allergy and immunology community coming together in an effort to discuss and research our field. The tag line for the Congress was “Allergy: A Global Health Challenge” and whilst there are still many hurdles to overcome when it comes to treatment, I truly believe that we can push on from here and improve current healthcare.
Although the Congress is now over, there are plenty of events coming up, all of them combining state-of-the-art education and pleasant networking.
Our focus turns to the Pediatric Allergy and Asthma Meeting (PAAM 2013) in Athens, Greece from October 17 – 19, where I will personally welcome you! We have prepared the scientific and social program of this 3rd PAAM meeting with the intention of making it really memorable. Some of the key issues set to be discussed include: why the prevalence of allergy is high in westernised countries, what are the different perspectives of allergists and gastroenterologists on GI food allergy, and how immune modulation can help prevent allergic diseases. Make sure you don’t miss out by registering today.
EuroBAT is also quickly approaching, set to take place in Malaga, Spain on 18 September 2013.
Schools are the place to closely interact with the top experts in the field: don’t forget that registration for the Allergic Reactions to Drugs – From Phenotype to Genotype and The place of "omics" in the diagnostic lab - Update on Allergy & Clinical Immunology laboratory methods – set to take place in Greifswald and Malaga respectively – is still open. Both will be invaluable in transferring knowledge and the opportunity to discuss such matters does not come up often. Additionally, registration for the Allergy Diagnosis in & beyond the Skin Allergy School, set to take place in Erlangen, Germany from October 25 - 28 July, remains open.
I’d like to take this opportunity to once again thank you for your support and I hope that the next few years can build on from all the hard work put in by members at all levels. Let the journey begin.