Minutes of the Business Meeting of the ENT Section of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology held in Barcelona, Spain Thursday June 10th 2008 15.30 – 17.00 in the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB), Room 211 & 212 86 members of the section attended the meeting. Glenis Scadding, Chair of the section welcomed the attendees. Livije Kalogjera, Secretary of the section, introduced Pro and Con session: Rhinosinusitis should be treated with antibiotics – where Claus Bachert represented the pro side, and Glenis Scadding represented the con side. Majority of the auditorium voted for the pro side. 1. Apologies for absence were received from Jean Michele Klossek. 2. The Minutes of the last business meeting held in Gothenburg, Sweden June 10th 2007 were approved. 3. Glenis Scadding gave a report of the Chair. She explained that membership of the ENT section was rising steadily from 221 in Amsterdam to 315 in Barcelona, which represents 43% increase in 5 years. Some 49 countries were represented, Germany and Turkey have more than 30 members, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, and Spain have between 15 and 30 members each. The ENT section is still just the smallest section of EAACI but is rapidly catching up on Dermatology. Livije Kalogjera, Secretary of the section, reported on the scientific programme for this and future EAACI Congresses. At the present EAACI meeting the ENT section was responsible for the following meetings/courses. • Postgraduate course 2. Saturday 7th (9:00-16:30) Diagnostic tools and methods in Rhinology • Symposium 7. Sunday 8th (13:30-15:00), Room 211/212 Relationship between objective and subjective outcome measures in airway disease • GAZLEN Symposium Monday 9th (15:30-17:00), Room 115 Advances in allergy: Results from GA2LEN network • Symposium 13 Monday 9th (10:30-12:00), Room 111 Phenotyping chronic rhinosinusitis • Workshop 20 Monday 9th (15:30-17:00), Room 115 New therapeutic approaches to nasal polyps • Workshop 24 Turesday 10th (10.30-12.00) Room 115 Nose and Ear • Practical Course 9 Monday, 9th (13.30-15) Room 119 Ear, nose and throat at a glance: rhinoscopy, radiology, nitric oxide, rhinomanometry, endoscopy In the forthcoming EAACI meeting in Warsaw 2008 symposium MS1, MS2, MS3 have been proposed. • Symposium MS1 Global airway disease • Symposium MS2 Difficult-to-treat chronic rhinosinusitis • Symposium MS3 Unmet needs in the treatment of upper airway disease • Workshop 1 Co-morbidities of rhinitis Future meetings will be held as follows: SERIN 2008 Dubrovnik EAACI 2009 Warsaw EAACI 2010 London EAACI 2011 Istanbul Other 2007/2008 activities have included GA2LEN activities, dissemination campaign: AR leads to asthma published in Rhinology 2007, Claus Bachert has reported on the research and activities done in the Workpacakge 2.7.2 (Rhinosinusitis and Nasal Polyps), Workpackage HANNA on aspirin hypersensitivity with a publication on Diagnosis of Aspirin hypersensitivity in JACI E-published in May 2007. There is also a 2007 ARIA update with guidelines published as an Allergy supplement and an ARIA pocket guide, as well as 2008 ARIA Update, published in Allergy April Supplement.. An update of EP³OS has also been made by a committee involving members of the ENT section. It was published in the June supplement issue of Rhinology, and with a review in Allergy. The complete document and is free on web of Rhinology journal and on EAACI ENT section website. Wytske Fokkens reported on the newly formed EPOS website: www.ep3os.org, where EPOS pocket guide for GP and ENT are available in 8 languages. Further EPOS dissemination is being done in Europe, Latin America and Asia. The section are grateful to an unrestricted grant from Schering Plough of 130,000 Euros to enable this activity. Other published dissemination may be found in Acta ORL Esp 2007 (fall issue), Rev Rhinol 2008, and a review paper in Primary Care Respiratory Journal 2008 (Primary care guidelines). Joaquim Mullol has reported on the ENT Section of EAACI Taskforce: Diagnostic tools and methods in rhinology”, which has produced 2 PG courses on EAACI Congresses, and position paper diagnostic tools is being developed. Members of the ENT section actively participated with the symposia in following meetings: Congress of European Federation of ORL Societies (EUFOS) -Vienna, Austria June 2007-06-20; Greek ENT Society meeting (Rhinology) Kalyni, Greece October 2007; International Rhinologic Society meeting (IRS) Venice, Italy December 2007 and European Rhinologic Society Congress (ERS-ISIAN) Crete, Greece June 2008 Members of the section are warmly invited to attend the 7th Symposium on Experimental Rhinology and Immunology of the Nose (SERIN) which is being organised by Livije Kalogjera for November 2008 in Dubrovnik (Croatia), who reported on the EAACI grant for the meeting, which will enable JMA travel grants, venue, main topics and SERIN website, www.hdorl.net/serin2008, where registration and abstract submission may be made. Carlos Nunes reminded everyone about the ENT section website for which he is responsible. Glenis Scadding thanked everyone for attending this meeting and welcomed us to the next ENT section meeting on the SERIN symposium in Dubrovnik, 13-15th November 2008.