European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

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European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Abbreviation EAACI
Formation 1956
Type Professional academy (non-profit)
Location Zurich, Switzerland
Region served Europe
Membership Allergists
President Nikos Papadopoulos
Main organ Allergy
Affiliations Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies
Website

The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (formerly the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology) is an international organisation of national associations and of individual persons, constituted as an association pursuant to Article 60[1] et seq. of the Swiss Civil Code. The Academy is currently domiciled in Zurich, Switzerland.

Purpose[edit]

The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) is a non-profit organisation active in the field of allergic and immunologic diseases such as asthma, rhinitis, eczema, occupational allergy, food and drug allergy and anaphylaxis. EAACI was founded in 1956 in Florence, Italy and has become the largest medical association in Europe in the field of allergy and clinical immunology. It includes more than 7,800 individual members from 121 countries, as well as 42 National Allergy Societies.[2]

The EAACI Constitution[3] states: The Academy shall be a non-profit organisation in the area of allergology and clinical immunology aimed at:

  • promoting basic and clinical research;
  • collecting, assessing and diffusing scientific information;
  • being a scientific reference body for other scientific, health and political organisations;
  • encouraging and providing training and continuous education
  • collaborating with patients and lay organisations

Sections[edit]

In order to strengthen its influence on the work of the main clinical specialities where allergy and clinical immunology is of importance, the EAACI has formed five sections. These sections co-ordinate and represent the activities of all members and affiliates who have expressed a wish to join the Section and will act as a focus and point of contact for relevant specialty societies and non-members. The sections are: Asthma, Immunology, Dermatology, ENT, and Pediatrics.[4]

Congress[edit]

The EAACI organises its main congress each June.[5] It includes scientific communication of abstracts (posters and oral communications), workshops and symposia. The congress features extensive multi-day scientific programmes, with 7,000-8,000 international participating delegates, providing in-depth understanding and discussion within targeted medical communities on topics such as:

  • Asthma
  • Drug hypersensitivity
  • Pediatric allergy
  • Molecular allergology
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Basic immunology
  • Food allergy

The EAACI congresses have been held in the following cities since 2000:

2000 - Lisbon

2001 - Berlin

2002 - Naples

2003 - Paris

2004 - Amsterdam

2005 - Munich

2006 - Vienna

2007 - Gothenburg

2008 - Barcelona

2009 - Warsaw - Official website www.eaaci2009.com

2010 - London - Official website www.eaaci2010.com

2011 - Istanbul - Official website www.eaaci2011.com

2012 - Geneva - Official website www.eaaci2012.com

2013 - Milan - Official website www.eaaciwao2013.com

2014 - Copenhagen - Official website www.eaaci2014.com

Focused meetings[edit]

EAACI develops smaller topic-focused meetings providing additional value to its members and specialists in different areas of allergy.[6]

Planned meetings:

  • 9–12 April 2014, DHM. Drug Hypersensitivity (DHM)[7]
  • 18–20 September 2014, SAM. Skin Allergy Meeting (DHM)[8]

Past meetings:

  • 17–19 October 2013, Athens. Pediatric allergy and asthma meeting (PAAM)[9]
  • 5–7 December 2013, Vienna. - International symposium on molecular allergology. (ISMA)[10]
  • 11–14 April 2012, Munich. Drug Hypersensitivity (DHM)[11]
  • 29 November – 1 December 2012, Berlin, Skin Allergy Meeting (SAM)
  • 13–15 October 2011, Barcelona. Pediatric allergy and asthma meeting (PAAM)[12]
  • 11–14 November 2009, Venice. - Pediatric allergy and asthma meeting (PAAM)
  • 22–25 April 2010, Rome. - Drug hypersensitivity meeting (DHM)
  • 29 - 31 Oct. 2010, Munich. - International symposium on molecular allergology. (ISMA)[13]
  • 04 - 6 November 2010, Brussels. - European rhinitis and asthma meeting/symposium on experimental rhinology and immunology of the nose (ERAM/SERIN) 2010 [14]
  • 11–13 November 2010, Venice. Skin allergy meeting (SAM)[15]
  • 17–19 February 2011, Venice. Food allergy and anaphylaxis meeting (FAAM)[16]

Task forces[edit]

The academy's task forces produce position papers on scientific developments regarding controversial and current allergy-related topics, such as the effects of climate change on respiratory allergic diseases.

Allergy Schools[edit]

The academy runs allergy schools to train and educate medical specialists in an interactive social networking environment.[17]

Planned Schools:[18]

  • 3 - 5 April 2014, Research Methods Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • 2 - 5 July 2014, Investigating allergic effects of environmental exposures – Brindisi, Italy

Past Schools:

  • 12–15 February 2012,Basic Immunology Research in Allergy and Clinical Immunology Are, Sweden
  • 18–21 August 2011, Dermatitis & eczema – Krakow, Poland
  • 15–18 September 2011, Clinical impact and mechanisms of infections in allergy – Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 21–23 September 2011, Allergic reactions to drugs: from bench to bedside - Verona, Italy
  • March 2012, From skin to lung - From Theory to patients - Davos, Switzerland
  • 25–28 June 2010, Allergy at different systems - Athens, Greece
  • 9–12 September 2010, Lifestyle interventions in allergy and asthma - Cagliari coast, Sardinia
  • 30 September–3 October 2010, Diagnostic approaches to the allergic patient - Kusadasi, Turkey
  • 21–23 October 2010, Specific allergy and immunotherapy - Berlin, Germany
  • 31 March–3 April 2011, Allergy and immunotherapy - from tolerance to early intervention - Saariselkä, Finland

Winter Schools[edit]

To increase the impact of basic immunology research in the field of allergy, EAACI organises winter schools for young scientists, who are active in allergy research.

Past winter schools:

  • 29 March-1 April 2012, From Skin to Lung – From Theory to Patients - Davos, Switzerland*11–14 February 2010, 8th EAACI - GA²LEN Immunology winter school, basic immunology research in allergy and clinical immunology - Grainau, Germany
  • 3–6 February 2011, 9th EAACI - GA²LEN Immunology winter school, basic immunology research in allergy and clinical immunology - Davos, Switzerland[19]

Fellowships[edit]

Every year, fellowships are awarded to junior members interested in increasing their knowledge and skills at Europe’s leading scientific institutions.

Knowledge Examination in Allergology and Clinical Immunology[edit]

The EAACI/UEMS conduct a knowledge examination in allergology and clinical immunology each year during the EAACI Congress. It does not replace or substitute currently existing national examinations regularly held by national bodies, but is intended to further raise the standard of allergology and clinical immunology in Europe. It is recognised by some[which?] countries as the official written part of their board exam.[20]

The 7th examination is scheduled to take place during the EAACI Congress in Copenhagen.

International journals[edit]

  • Allergy:[21] Impact factor of 6.297 in 2010. 2nd among 21 allergy journals in 2009. 18th among 134 immunology journals in 2009.[22]
  • Pediatric Allergy and Immunology (PAI):[23] Impact factor of 2.874 in 2010. 8th among 21 allergy journals in 2010. 10th among 107 pediatrics journals in 2009.[24]
  • Clinical and Translational Allergy (PAI):[25] CTA is an international and open access journal aiming to provide a platform to publish original research and reviews in the field of allergy. Such articles are based on clinical, translational or basic research. CTA publishes original research articles and reviews, as well as EAACI position articles, EAACI Task Force Reports and EAACI guidelines.[26]

Continuing Medical Education - CME[edit]

EAACI congresses and schools provide CME credits to participants.[27] The Academy also works as an umbrella organisation for accreditation of external scientific and educational events.[28]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Associations which have a political, religious, scientific, artistic, charitable, social, or any other than an industrial object, acquire the status of a person as soon as they show by their constitution their intention to have a corporate existence. The constitution must be drawn up in writing and state the object, the capital and the organization of the society.
  2. ^ http://www.eaaci.net/
  3. ^ http://www.eaaci.net/organization/constitution
  4. ^ http://www.eaaci.net/sections-a-igs (primary source)
  5. ^ http://www.eaaci.net/activities/congresses
  6. ^ http://www.eaaci.net/activities/eaaci-focused-meetings
  7. ^ Official website www.eaaci-dhm.org
  8. ^ Official website www.eaaci-sam.org
  9. ^ Official website www.eaaci-paam.org
  10. ^ Official website www.eaaci-isma.org
  11. ^ Official website www.eaaci-dhm2012.com
  12. ^ Official website www.eaaci-paam2011.com
  13. ^ Official website www.eaaci-isma2010.com
  14. ^ Official website www.eaaci-eram-serin2010.com
  15. ^ Official website www.eaaci-sam2010.com
  16. ^ Official website www.eaaci-faam2011.com
  17. ^ http://www.eaaci.org/activities/allergy-schools
  18. ^ http://www.eaaci.org/activities/allergy-schools
  19. ^ http://www.eaaci.net/activities/allergy-schools/1499-2011-winter-school-in-davos-switzerland
  20. ^ http://eaaci.net/activities/eaaci-exam (primary source)
  21. ^ Allergy (journal website)
  22. ^ http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118519659/home
  23. ^ Pediatric Allergy and Immunology (journal website)
  24. ^ http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118512964/home
  25. ^ Clinical and Translational Allergy (journal website)
  26. ^ http://www.ctajournal.com
  27. ^ http://eaaci.net/activities/cme
  28. ^ http://www.eaaci.net/activities/cme