The end of January saw EAACI’s EU Parliament campaign on the Written Declaration on the Burden of Allergic Diseases completed. In total, 178 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) called for coordinated European action on allergies, a considerable achievement for our first such campaign! The feedback we received indicates that allergic diseases should be included in initiatives concerning chronic diseases at the national and European level. We will of course, carry on with our work to raise awareness of allergic disease and continue our endeavours with the EU in the coming months.

February is another important month for EAACI in regards to planning for the future, as the Executive Committee convened for its first meeting of the year in Barcelona. Although we’re now well into 2014, I hope there will be sense of freshness in our discussions as we look ahead to an exciting year. This is doubly important as we will begin to put our thoughts into action for the EAACI Congress 2015, due to be held in this Spanish city next year.

But before then we have the excitement of the 2014 EAACI Annual Congress in Copenhagen. Activity has snowballed since the beginning of this year and we are now quickly moving towards Denmark and another landmark meeting! Keep an eye on the website over the next few months as we announce more plans for what will be one of the most ground-breaking Congresses yet.

The start of 2014 may have been partly about planning for the upcoming months, but EAACI also held its first event of the year, with the 12th EAACI Winter School on Basic Research in Allergy and Clinical Immunology taking place in Poiana Brasov, Romania from 30 January – 2 February 2014. There were over 80 attendees in total, most of whom presenting their state-of-the-art work in a lively and highly scientific atmosphere. Thank you to all those who helped organise what was a superb meeting.

Finally, Abstract Submission and Registration has now opened for the EAACI Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Meeting, FAAM 2014, due to take place in Dublin, Ireland from 9 – 11 October. Information about the programme and speakers will be available shortly. We are also about to launch the International Severe Asthma Forum (ISAF 2014) which will take place in Athens from November 13-15. Abstract Submission and Registration is also open for the Allergy School on Investigating allergic effects of environmental exposures taking place from 2 - 5 July 2014 in Brindisi, Italy as well as registration for the Allergy School on Research Methods taking place from 3 – 5 April 2014 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.

Thank you for your ongoing support and engagement with the Academy

Nikos Papadopoulos
EAACI President
Last updated 29 July 2014
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