At the end of September the new EAACI Executive Committee travelled to Malta to hold our first meeting since the Annual Congress in June. The wheels have already been turning since the new Committee has officially started, but this key strategic meeting provided us with the opportunity to fine-tune the Strategic Programme and establish roles for each member. I am confident that everyone in the ExCom has determination and a clear picture as to how we intend to move forward. Many activities will take part from now until our next meeting in February.

It’s been a busy few weeks for EAACI events. Another successful Allergy School took place in Malaga on Allergic Reactions to Drugs – From Phenotype to Genotype along with the EuroBAT meeting (The European Consortium on Application of Flow Cytometry in Allergy) and numerous Task Force meetings related to this field in what proved to be a busy week in the south of Spain.

I have also been very active, attending the PRACTALL meeting (a joint collaboration with AAAAI) with this year’s topic being ‘Phenotypes & Endotypes of Rhinitis and their Impact on Management’, and the Pediatric Asthma and Rhinitis Interactions (P.A.R.IS) meeting, held just outside the French capital. Both PRACTALL and P.A.R.IS were full of lively discussion about where we currently stand and where we need to be looking to improve in the future. PRACTALL focused on the clinical and mechanistic classifications of rhinitis and how this may affect treatment options. PARIS followed and there has been rapid movement toward bringing together several Guidelines and Position Papers in relation to Pediatric Asthma and Rhinitis into a single document. The outcomes of PARIS will include a framework for an Integrated Care Pathway for Asthma and Rhinitis in children, in collaboration with the European Innovation Partnership in Active and Healthy Aging, a flagship EU project.

Finally, I would like to remind you that we are just a few short weeks away from the Pediatric Allergy and Asthma Meeting, PAAM 2013, set to take place in Athens, Greece from 17 – 19 October. Preparations are now being finalised but there is still time to register for what will be the premier event of the year in Pediatric Asthma and Allergy. Plans for our final Focused Meeting of the year, the International Symposium on Molecular Allergology, ISMA 2013 are also nearing their completion; you still have until 13 October to submit your abstract.

In the meantime, I look forward to greeting you in Athens at PAAM 2013.

Best regards,
Nikos Papadopoulos
EAACI President
Last updated 29 July 2014
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