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Allergy Society of Kenya (ASOK)
Mission: To be a leading health professional organization in Kenya that promotes clinical care, research, training and dissemination of knowledge to healthcare practitioners and the public on Allergic diseases. To Cooperate with Regional and Global bodies in Allergy practice and related medical fields to grow the field of Allergology locally and internationally.
Founded: February 15, 2007
Allergy Society of South Africa
Armenian Association of Immunology and Allergy
Azerbaijan Society for Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Belarus Association of Allergology & Clinical Immunology (BAACI)
The main objectives of the BAACI:
-to facilitate working out new methods of diagnosis and treatment of allergic and immunopathologic disease
-to help widely introduce scientific achievements, achievements in technology and pharmacology into practical allegrology and immunology
-to improve organization and development of allergological and immunological services in different regions of Belarus
-to encourage screening of immunopathology around the territory of Belarus, especially in Chernobyl Zone
-to carry out a system of arrangements aimed at mastering professional skills of BAACI’s members
-perfection of special knowledge of physicians engaged in practical work
-popularization of achievements in medical science in the field of immunology, allergology and adjacent branches of science among physicians, experts, medical public and the population.
Egyptian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (ESACI)
Mission: To encourage and promote excellence in Allergy education, research and practice. Values: Excellence:Excellent quality research and education Leadership: Guidance to the best clinical practice
ESACI is committed to improving knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology through meetings and workshops aiming to advance the educational development of its members for the benefit of the patients care.
In 1961 with the foundation of The Egyptian Medical Association, the Egyptian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology was founded as an affiliation of EMA. Since this date efforts have been made to expand knowledge among doctors by organizing seminars and meetings. ESACI has hosted important International meetings as The French Egyptian Congress of Allergy and clinical Immunology and the Pan Arab congress of Allergy. The outstanding activities and the great efforts of leaders, lead to the recognition of the specialty by the Egyptian Medical syndicate.
Egyptian Society of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology (ESPAI)
Mission: ESPAI is a non-profit society dedicated to the advancement of pediatric allergy and immunology by promoting education, stimulating research, and encouraging exchange of knowledge and cooperation with other medical organizations.
Founded: May 1, 2002
ESPAI works toward achievement of the WAO mission in education, research, and training through holding congresses and workshops, providing resources to health care workers and patients on its website, producing pocket guides and booklets, and through its free access ESPAI Journal.
ESPAI started its activities in 2002 with 15 founding members and grew to include 134 members in 2016. It held 13 international congresses and 11 workshops to date. It launched its website http://www.espai-eg.org in 2002 and its open access journal (Egyptian Journal of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology: http://www.jespai.org) in 2003. ESPAI became member of the WAO in 2007 and of the FOCIS in 2011.
Georgian Association of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (GAACI)
Iranian Society of Asthma and Allergy
Israel Association of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (IAACI)
Jordanian Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JSACI)
Kuwait Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology
The society was established as a sincere willingness to advance the knowledge and information related to the subspecialty of Allergy and clinical immunology in this fast growing world of science. Our main aim is to develop the specialty of allergy in our region and in our country, then involve actively in promoting our society through the WAO net and globally.
We are involved in promoting all activities of WAO locally in our country. We also promote educational materials of WAO among our medical students, residents, and fellows of all programs. We follow the time line schedule for all awareness activities of WAO, and correspond to celebrating the dates locally, and regionally (ie, world allergy day, etc).
We were honored to use the White book of Allergy that was published from WAO to talk to our decision makers, and health authority in order to consider allergic disease as one of the leading diseases worldwide, and take some action to help out in spreading awareness and educating about it.
Lebanese Society of Allergy and Immunology
Mission: The Lebanese Society of Allergy & Immunology contributes to the development of the specialty in Lebanon and the Arab world. Supports awareness in the community about allergy& immunology.
Moldavian Society of Allergology & Immunology
Moroccan Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology
Russian Association of Allergology and Clinical Immunology
Tunisian Society of Respiratory Diseases and Allergology
Turkish National Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (TNSACI)
The Turkish National Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, founded in 1989, is a non-profit, educational and scientific society which mainly focuses on allergy and clinical immunology. The goal of the Society is to provide the most effective scientific methods for prevention, control and treatment of allergic diseases. Turkish National Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has 12 scientific working groups in different fields of allergic diseases and clinical immunology. The society with 260 members is the largest specialty organization in the field of allergy in Turkey.
The Turkish National Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has organized many high quality educational activities in allergy since its foundation. Annual congress with an increased participation year by year has been a national forum for physicians and scientists who work in allergy. The society also organizes courses and seminars as the part of the continuous postgraduate medical education and continuous professional development of its members. Scientific working groups of Turkish National Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology establish guidelines for optimal patient care. Society funds research, especially the ones concerning regional epidemiology of allergic diseases.
Ukrainian Allergists Association
Ukrainian Society of Specialists for Immunology, Allergology and Immunorehabilitation
Zimbabwe Allergy Society
Allergy & Immunology Society of Sri Lanka
Allergy and Clinical Immunology Society (Singapore) (ACIS)
Mission: ACIS seeks to advance the knowledge and practice in the field of pediatric and adult allergy/clinical immunology. We collaborate in clinical care, research, education and training among our members, specialists, primary care partners, nurses and allied health professionals; locally and internationally. Our members continue to be involved in WAO's various special committees, on-line educational modules, conferences and guideline initiatives including the International Collaboration in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (iCAALL).
The Singapore Society of Immunology and Rheumatology (SSIR), formed in 1976, took on the task of promoting the education of doctors in Singapore on allergic disorders with the return of Dr Chng Hiok Hee from her training in USA. In January 1990, the society was renamed the Singapore Society of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology (SSIAR) to reflect this added role. With the increase in the number of allergists/immunologists in Singapore and a greater interest in allergy amongst related specialties such as dermatology and otorhinolaryngology, members of SSIAR agreed in 2004 that the time was ripe for the formation of a separate society for allergy/immunology. Therefore, the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Society Singapore (ACIS) was established in 2005, and the SSIAR was renamed the Singapore Society of Rheumatology (SSR) to reflect its focus on Rheumatology.
Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society of Thailand (AAIAT)
Mission: The Allergy, asthma and Immunology Association of Thailand (AAIAT) was established in 1984 with the purpose to improve allergy care through education, training and research; to support its membership in providing a high quality service for the treatment of people with allergic diseases and other disorders of the immune system; and to provide the networking of the members within the nation and also among international collaboration.
Founding Date: April 4, 1984
The Executive boards of AAIAT have their specific aims to improve the healthcare of Thai patients with allergic or immunologic disorders and to improve knowledge in disciplines of allergy and immunology among health-related personnel in Thailand. Continuing activities of the societies include:
- Two scientific meetings per year for members and interested scientists/physicians.
- Public activities in collaboration with international organizations such as the marathon run and public education on asthma and allergic diseases during World Asthma Day with ICAACI in 1998 and in 2009 and the World Allergy Awareness Day in 2000, and still actively conduct this activity yearly till now.
- Holding the Editorial office for the Asian Pacific Journal of Allergy and Immunology (published four times per year), which is now the official journal of the Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society of Thailand. The Journal is a peer-reviewed journal and is indexed in Index Medicus and Medline.
- Arranging the inter-hospital conferences on allergy and immunology (held 4 times per year).
- Fund raising support for fellows and related healthcare personnel for their continuing research and education.
Experience in Organizing International Congresses
In 1992, the first Asia Pacific Congress of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (APCAACI), was held in Bangkok, Thailand.
In 2000, in affiliation with the IUIS (International Union of Immunological Societies) and FIMSA (Federation of Immunological Societies of Asia and Oceania), the Society hosted the 2nd FIMSA Congress in Bangkok with resounding success (5 congress days, 614 attendants from 32 countries, with 203 abstracts and 18 exhibit booths).
In 2007, in affiliation with World Allergy Organization (WAO), APAAACI and the West-Pacific of Allergy Organization, the Society hosted the XX World Allergy Congress (formerly ICACI congress) in Bangkok with great success (5 congress days, 4,500 attendants from 100 countries, with 900 abstracts and 50 exhibition booths).
In 2013, The Asia Pacific Association of Pediatric Allergy, Respirology, and Immunology Congress 2013 (APAPARI) was held at Plaza Athenee hotel, Bangkok, Thailand from October 2-4 with 680 participants from over 25 countries. This congress was organized by the Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Association of Thailand (AAIAT) under the support and collaboration from the APAPARI and the World Allergy Organization (WAO).
Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)
Mission: To advance the science and practice of clinical immunology and allergy, by promoting education and the highest standard of ethical medical practice.
How ASCIA is Working Towards WAO's Purpose
- By promoting and advancing the study and knowledge of allergy and other immune diseases, including asthma
- By advancing and maintaining the highest standards of scientific and medical practice among those professionally engaged in the areas of clinical immunology and allergy
- By being recognised as the foremost authority in clinical immunology and allergy in Australia and New Zealand.
In 1991 ASCIA was established by the amalgamation of the Australian College of Allergy (ACA) with the Clinical Immunology Group (CIG) of the Australasian Society of Immunology (ASI). There have been considerable scientific advances in our knowledge of how the immune system works over the last fifty years. This is reflected in how allergy, asthma and immune diseases are now treated, the training of specialists treating these diseases, and in the constitution and history of the organisation now known as ASCIA.
Bangladesh Society of Allergy and Immunology
Chinese Society of Allergology
Hong Kong Institute of Allergy
Mission: The Hong Kong Institute of Allery's mission is to promote allergy education, clinical services and research of excellence.
Founded: February 15, 1996
Indian Academy of Allergy
Indian College of Allergy, Asthma and Applied Immunology
Indonesian Society of Allergy and Immunology
Japanese Society of Allergology (JSA)
Mission: To promote advances in the field of allergology and related academic disciplines.
Founded: April, 1959
1. Sponsoring academic meetings
2. Publishing journals (in Japanese and English)
3. Promoting communication among affiliates
4. Promoting communication with related organs and academic societies in Japan
5. Corresponding and working with overseas allergology associations and similar groups internationally on behalf of allergy specialists in Japan
6. Certification of doctors, allergists, teaching doctors, and teaching facilities specializing in treatment of allergies
7. Other activities necessary to achieving the Society's mission
In April 1959, an organizing committee for the Society was formed, the Society charter was drawn up, and the Japanese Society of Allergology (JSA) was officially established. The first general meeting of JSA was held on 17-18 October in Tokyo and attended by several hundred participants.
In 1973, The World Allergy Congress (formerly the International Congress of Allergology and Clinical Immunology) was held in Tokyo, Japan.
In 1991, JSA hosted the 14th World Allergy Congress in Kyoto, Japan, which was the second meeting of IAACI (now known as WAO) in collaboration of JSA.
In 1993, the Japanese Guideline for the Treatment of Allergic Diseases, the first guideline from JSA, was published.
In 2004, JSA launched the Allergy Specialist Certification Program.
In 2012, the Membership of JSA surpassed 10,000 members. The number of JSA’s Board Certified Allergy Specialists is 3,150.
Korean Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology (KAAACI)
Mission: The advancement of the knowledge and practice of asthma, allergy and clinical immunology to promote the health of the people.
Founded: November 30, 1972
Ways KAAACI is Working Towards WAO Purpose
- Sponsoring academic meetings
- Publishing journals in Korean and English (http://www.e-aair.org)
- Conduct and support research groups
- Promoting communication with related organs and academic societies in Korea
- Corresponding and working with overseas allergology associations and similar groups internationally on behalf of allergy specialists in Korea
- Other activities necessary to achieving the Society's mission
Malaysian Society of Allergy and Immunology (MSAI)
Mission: To promote the highest possible standards of teaching, study and research among those engaged in the practice of Allergy, Immunology and related diseases, in the best traditions of medicine and medical ethics.
Founded: May 5, 1997
MSAI has kept to its tradition of hosting an annual Allergy Congress and Exhibition, featuring international and local speakers; holding symposia, sessions for Family Physicians, co-joint symposiums with other societies, both local and around the region, public forums and poster and free paper presentations. GLORIA (Global Resource in Allergy) modules presentation have also been the highlight. As an established allergy society in the region, MSAI has been privileged to be the host for Emerging Societies meetings at some of these meetings.
The humble beginnings of the Malaysian Society of Allergy and Immunology can be traced back to a small but dedicated group of doctors and healthcare personnel, who gathered on several occasions in 1996 to formulate a plan. The group shared the view that whilst Malaysia had undergone rapid and remarkable economic development and accordingly an advancing medical field, the country remained lacking in a conjoint inter-disciplinary fraternity dealing with Allergy and Immunology. These founders drafted the constitution and formed the Malaysian Society of Allergy and Immunology, which was officially registered on May 5, 1997, to provide better patient care and Quality of Life (QOL) to the sufferers of allergic diseases and their families.
The next milestone was most auspicious - on December 13, 1998, when the President of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Prof S. G. O. Johansson, officially launched the Society, at the Palace of the Golden Horses, Kuala Lumpur.
In 2001, MSAI became a distinguished member of the World Allergy Organaization (WAO) and has ever since presented numerous GLORIA modules in our annual congresses.
In 2003, at the 4th Malaysian Congress and Allergy and Immunology, Dr Allen Kaplan, the then, President of the World Allergy Organization, remarked that “Malaysia is among those with a well-developed organization which holds congress such as this, and we look to you as an example for others in the region”
In our annual congress in 2006 and 2007, MSAI sponsored representatives from the Emerging Societies in this region to participate in a ‘Presentation by the Emerging Societies Members (ESM) in Allergy’. Sri Lanka, Mongolia and Pakistan, Cambodia and Vietnam participated.
This year, MSAI will be hosting the 15th Malaysian Congress of Allergy and Immunology. MSAI now has two websites (one for doctors and the other for the general public), releases its own newsletter, holds many Allergy Road Shows around the country, throughout the year and organizes Allergy Symposia, talks and Public Forums for the dissemination of Allergy in Malaysia.
Mongolian Society of Allergology
Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (PSAAI)
Mission: To abide by the moral and ethical standards in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Philippine Medical Association and the Rules and Regulations promulgated by the Board of Directors of the Society.
- To promote holistic, compassionate, and competent care to all patients responding to changing priorities of the times through continuing medical education, initiation and recommendation - of public health programs geared towards awareness, prevention and management of allergic and immunologic diseases.
- To uphold excellent standards in training, teaching and research in allergy & immunology.
- To develop a referral network among local and international health care providers
- To become respected leaders who will be in the forefront of service, training and research in the subspecialty
- To establish camaraderie, fellowship and mutual respect among members of the society and with affiliated organizations
Motivated by the desire to strengthen the practice of allergy/immunology in the Philippines and to promote the recognition of allergy/immunology as a distinct subspecialty, eleven (11) distinguished allergists, encouraged by the pioneer allergist in the Philippines, Dr. Arturo Rotor, gathered together 36 years ago to establish the Philippine Society of Allergology and Immunology now known as the Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (PSAAI).
Dr. Felicidad G. Cua-Lim was elected the first and founding president of the society while Dr. A. B. Rotor became the first PSAAI Honorary President. Through the years the society has been led by other exemplary practitioners and academicians: Doctors Benigno F. Agbayani, Miguel L. Noche, Agusto L. Lingao, Manuel F. Ferreria, Alendry P. Caviles, Remedios C. Ong, Manuel M. Po, Madeleine W. Sumpaico, Hiyasmin M. Lim, Florecita R. Padua, Dr. Ruby N. Foronda, Dr. Linda Lim-Varona, and presently, Dr Jovilia Abong.
The society is a recognized active member in good standing of the World Allergy Organization (formerly International Association of Allergology and Clinical Immunology) and the Asia Pacific Association of Allergology and Clinical Immunology. Locally, the PSAAI is a recognized specialty society of the Philippine Medical Association, and a subspecialty society of the Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Pediatric Society.
Membership has grown to 108 members through the establishment of three training centers for allergy/immunology: University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital, University of Sto. Tomas College of Medicine and Surgery and the Dr. Fe del Mundo Medical Center Foundation Phils.
Doctors who trained in allergy/immunology in other countries further strengthened the society’s rank. A Subspecialty Board known as the Subspecialty Board of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (PSBAAI) was established to ensure high standards of care by the new practitioners in the field. The PSBAAI is a conjoined Board of the Philippine Specialty Board of Internal Medicine of the Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Pediatric Society Specialty Board.
Taiwan Academy of Pediatric Allergy Asthma Immunology
Vietnam Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology
Albanian Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology
Austrian Society of Allergology and Immunology (ÖGAI)
The Austrian Society of Allergology and Immunology represents Austrian scientists and practitioners interested in the physiology and pathophysiology of the immune response as well as the phenotypic expression, diagnosis and therapy of all diseases involving the immune system.
The principal aims of ÖGAI are to foster the understanding of the functioning of the immune system in general as well as the consequences of its aberrations. Thus reducing the burden of immunologically-mediated diseases on the individual and also the society, and to advance the treatment and prevention of these disorders. Hence, ÖGAI promotes basic and applied research advances and their translation into the clinical practice.
ÖGAI supports excellence in education and training in the fields of allergology and immunology and further provides and also encourages the spread of specific information on the vital importance of the immune system and its disorders, such as allergy, autoimmunity, immunodeficiencies, to the lay, legal and professional public.
Click here to read more about OGAI and immunology in Austria - Past and Present.
Belgian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BelSACI)
British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI)
In 1930 the Asthma Research Club was formed by a group of distinguished clinicians, by 1948 the society had been renamed the British Association of Allergists; and in 1962 it changed its name yet again to the British Allergy Society. Under the careful guidance of such distinguished members as Dr Bill Frankland, Professor Jack Pepys and Sir Cyril Clarke, interest in allergy amongst both clinicians and scientists grew. In the 1970s there was an explosion of interest in the immunological mechanisms of allergic disease and a need was perceived for widening the Society's scope and Clinical Immunology was incorporated into the title. Thus the BSACI was born in 1973. The BSACI's main objective throughout its existence is to improve the management of allergies and related diseases of the immune system in the United Kingdom, though education, training and research. As allergy embraces many subspecialties in medicine, the BSACI decided to set up special interest groups with a remit to promote understanding of the contribution of Allergy to diseases within these disciplines and thus improve management. In addition regular regional meetings are arranged across the UK for primary and secondary care professionals to raise awareness in Allergy and initiate education focused on the community practice of this specialty.
Bulgarian National Society of Allergology
Mission: The Bulgarian Society of Allergology’s aim is to promote teaching, training and research in the field of Clinical Allergology, as well as to provide periodical specialized materials and organization of educational meetings for allergists and other practitioners interested in Allergology and Immunopathology. All activities directly or indirectly related to these goals do belong to our primary tasks. The Bulgarian Society of Allergology is open to and willing to support initiatives compatible with its own goals. We promote better allergy care and in an alliance with patient charities, associations of medical students in Bulgaria, and some nationally represented pharmaceutical companies we maintain and popularize the World Asthma Day in Bulgaria. Many of our society members have given advice at Government enquiries into allergy care. One of our most valued aims is to keep and uphold the recognition of Allergology as a competitive specialty, as it is highly esteemed in the majority of the European countries and in the USA. This well established recognition leads to better training opportunities and ensures better patient care.
The Bulgarian Society of Allergology was founded back in the late 1973. Its aim was to be a legal partner for the practitioners. Our task in promoting better care for allergy patients was highlighted by the increasing number of allergy patients, their diversity in sensitization patterns, and the increasing severity of allergic diseases. Throughout the years the Bulgarian Society of Allergology was guided by Professor P. Kirchev, Professor G. Kosturkov, Professor J. Mileva, and Professor V. Dimitrov. Our current Society President is Professor Bogdan Petrunov.
In 1990, Clinical Allergology was recognized as a separate medical specialty which contributed to the better qualification of the allergy specialists in Bulgaria. Since 1991 the Bulgarian Society of Allergology became a member of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI). The Bulgarian Society of Allergology is a member in Good Standing of the World Allergy Organization (WAO) since 2001.
Croatian Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology
Czech Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (CSAKI)
Mission: Promoting high-quality standard treatment of patients with allergic and immunopathological diseases, participation in organizing education, defining diagnostic and treatment standards, and promoting high-quality research in the fields of allergology clinical immunology
Members are not only allergology and immunology professionals (including nurses and technicians) but also other medical specialists interested in the field, as well as researchers in theoretical immunology. As a professional medical organisation, it is a member of the Czech Medical Association of J.E. Purkyně. Its activities cover the promoting of high-quality standard treatment of patients with allergic and immunopathological diseases, participation in organising education, defining diagnostic and treatment standards, and promoting high-quality research in the field for allergists and immunologists in the Czech Republic. It is headed by an Executive Board, with independent sub-committees for laboratory clinical immunology and clinical immunology nurses, and for laboratory technicians.
The Society organises regular monthly scientific meetings and (with the Slovakian Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology) annual congresses which are alternately in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia.
Two prestigious awards are given every year. The Dr. Josef Liska Award is given every year for the best research publication and for the best monograph. The Professor Vladimir Zavazal Award is intended for persons who contributed substantially to the development of the field.
Danish Society for Allergology (DSA)
Mission: The Danish Society for Allergology is a scientific society with the aims of gathering allergology specialists and other people engaged in the field of allergology at scientific meetings, and to supporting and working for the development of basal and clinical
From the founding of DSA the aims have been very similar to WAO's purpose. The Danish Society for Allergology comprises medical doctors, researchers in Allergology, nurses and people from the industry with an interest in Allergology. The Danish Health Board abolished the specialty as a distinct entity against the advice of our society in 2004. Since then, the Danish Society for Allergology has established a 2-year sub-specialization in Allergology, and the pediatricians in Denmark already have a 3-year sub-specialization, according to UEMS (the European Union of Medical Specialists). The society organizes a two-day annual meeting in August and also a thematic winter meeting. The society has a home page (in Danish). The society tries to promote the importance of clinical allergy and allergy research in the public opinion and in health politics and offers advice to the Danish Health Board in issues regarding allergy.
The Danish Society for Allergy Research was founded in 1946. Other Nordic countries also had allergy societies and collaboration with them led to one of the first European scientific journals, Acta Allergologica (later Allergy). Given that in other European countries and in the US allergists were treating immunological diseases, the name of the society was changed in 1966 to the Danish Society for Allergology and Immunology. However, in Denmark immunological diseases were primarily treated by other specialties and, as a consequence, the name was changed again in 1985 to the Danish Society for Allergology. In the early years, it was a sister society of the Society for Immunology but, since 1992, it has been an independent society, and there is a separate Danish Society for Clinical Immunology.
Dutch Society of Allergology (NVvA)
Founded: April 8, 1948
The NVvA is a society for specialists (medical and non-medical) who are working professionally in the area of allergology. The main objective of the society is to improve scientific knowledge of allergic disorders. This will be achieved by:
- The Dutch Journal of Allergy and Asthma
- Organisation of two annual meetings (spring and autumn)
- Support education and symposia, like the Dutch Research School of Allergology
- Encouraging allergy research by the Dutch Allergology Prize (NAP), a poster prize and travel grants
- International collaboration with the WAO and the EAACI
The Society was founded in 1948 as an organization where both clininicians and researchers in the field of Allergology could meet and discuss. Today, the Society comprises almost 300 members, clinicians, researchers, dieticians and other people involved in the care of allergic patients.
The Society is very active in education organizing twice per year a full congress day for doctors, nurses, dieticians and other workers in patient health care. These days are also visited by researchers. Furthermore, the Society has recently published a new website, not only for the members but with up to date information for patients and general practitioners. Also, we continue to discuss with both governmental organisations, insurances and pharmaceutical companies to ensure we can give optimal therapy to our patients such as immunotherapy.
Finnish Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology
Mission: The main aim of the Finnish Society of Allergology and Immunology is to advance excellence in clinical care, research, education and training, through organizing scientific meetings twice yearly, and awarding research grants each year to members of the society. The Finnish Society of Allergology and Immunology is a member society of EAACI and WAO, and has representatives in UEMS. In addition, the society takes part in the activities of the Nordic association of Allergology (NFA).
Founded: January 18, 1946
The Finnish Society of Allergology and Immunology was established on January 18, 1946, by a group of physicians with a special interest in Allergology. The first chairman of the society was Dr. Zaida Eriksson-Lihr, who later became one of the founders and chief physician of the Allergy Hospital in Helsinki. The Allergy Hospital was one of the first hospitals in the world specializing in Allergology. Today, more than 400 physicians and experts of Allergology have joined the society, including pulmonary specialists, ENT-specialists, pediatricians, dermatologists, and immunologists. The society board consists of seven members who meet five to six times a year
French Society of Allergology
German Society for Allergology and Clinical Immunology (DGAKI)
Hellenic Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (EEaKa)
Mission: The Company has scientific purposes (research, educational, consultative) but also by any means defending the validity of its members, but also the specificity of Allergology.
HSACI is working to promote the specialty of Allergology in Greece, with the following activities and events:
- It is advisory body to the Greek state in matters within the scope of Allergology.
- Organizes scientific events and conferences for continuing education of its members, but also the entire Hellenic medical community
- Has established working groups in each main area of Allergology
- Organizes informative events for the public and publishes brochures for allergic patients
- Owns and maintains two websites (www.allergikos.gr and www.allergy.org.gr) with which promotes the purposes and actions.
Hungarian Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology
Icelandic Society of Allergy and Immunology
Italian Association of Territorial and Hospital Allergists (AAIITO)
Italian Society of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (SIAAIC)
Founding Date: 1953
The Italian Society of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (SIAAIC) is a scientific society strongly represented on the national territory with more than 600 active members working in University structures, Hospital departments and Territorial outpatients' clinics.
The main aim of SIAAIC is to improve Allergy and Clinical Immunology as a discipline, through integrated actions of specialistic and post-specialistic education, promotion of knowledge in Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and support of patients' organizations. These aspects are accomplished by giving the opportunity to its members (a third of which are Junior Members, with age less than 35 years) to attend several educational events (mainly the "Junior Members SIAAIC Interactive School SIS 'Luigi Fontana'", the "Junior Members Winter School" and the National Annual Congress), to participate in clinical/epidemiologival researches, and with patients-targeted informative events.
Moreover, many active SIAAIC members are worldwide well-known scientists and contribute to increase the knowledge in Allergy and Clinical Immunology into the international scientific community.
Latvian Association of Allergists
Norwegian Society of Allergology and Immunopathology
NFAI is an interdisciplinary association working to promote knowledge, research and clinical practice in allergology in Norway. We arrange meetings and encourage members to visit international congresses in allergology. The association is a member of EAACI and WAO.
Polish Society of Allergology (PTA)
Founded: November 15, 1982
Initiation of research in the field of epidemiology, etiopathogenesis, diagnostics, prophylactics, treatment and pharmacoeconomics of allergic diseases, applications to appropriate authorities concerning organization of programs of prevention and counteraction against allergic diseases in Poland, delegating representatives to the organs appointed according to applicable law, organization of public presentations, trainings, courses, lectures, scientific sessions, symposiums, conferences, congresses, and other forms of propagation of knowledge concerning experimental and clinical Allergology, development of education programs and professional development of doctors and nurses in the field of Allergology, active support of various forms of professional development of medical staff, in particular doctors allergologists, cooperation with Polish and foreign research and health care institutions and related societies, interested in the problems of fighting allergic diseases, publishing activities according to applicable regulations in this area, subsidizing research in experimental and clinical Allergology, to the extent allowed by resources at the Society’s disposal, founding awards and grants for younger members of the Society distinguishing themselves in scientific activity, in particular for doctoral dissertations presented and original papers published, development, propagation and updating of diagnostic and therapeutic standards in Allergology.
The Polish Society of Allergology was founded during the Conference of PTA Founding Members on November 15th, 1982 in Bydgoszcz. The meeting was chaired by Professor B. Romanski. The cooperation of general practitioners, pediatricians, dermatologists and laryngologists in the field of Allergology was considered the most important objective of PTA activity. It was resolved that planning of the Society’s work and activities should take into account the specific features of these medical specialties. This principle has been observed up to the present. PTA assembles specialists in many medical disciplines and that is why it is successful in its scientific, research and educational activities. Polish Society of Allergology currently has 13 Regional branches grouping almost 1000 Members. Regional Branches coordinate the activities of members of the PTA. The main task of regional offices is to organize meetings and training courses for its members and the development of allergy initiatives throughout its operations.
Portuguese Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (SPAIC)
SPAIC is a permanent promoter of the education scientific development in the field of allergy and clinical Immunology.
The Portuguese Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology - SPAIC was founded on 10 July 1950. SPAIC activities made major contributions to the beginning of allergy and clinical immunology as a medical specialization in Portugal and to the start of a national specialty training program in the three major university hospitals, which is now a regular 5-year training program sharing the same core curriculum. Over the last two decades, SPAIC members have played an active role in supporting the development of the Portuguese National Asthma Program and in giving ongoing support to epidemiology research in asthma, rhinitis and its control. SPAIC organizes an Annual Congress held at the beginning of October and a thematic spring meeting. Since 1991, SPAIC has had its own regular scientific journal in Portuguese: Revista Portuguesa de Imunoalergologia (RPIA) and, from the end of 2013, has also joined an international scientific journal, the European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Romanian Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (RSACI)
Serbian Association of Allergologists and Clinical Immunologists
Slovenian Association for Allergology & Clinical Immunology
Spanish Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (SEAIC)
Founded: November 1948
Our clinical practices and standards are guided by evidence-based medicine principles. Besides, we are in the process of starting up this year the educational materials, proceedings and administrative registries for continuous recertification of Spanish allergists. Also, all of our scientific working committees are currently engaged in the re-edition of the Textbook of Allergology, which we believe is the reference book on allergy practice in Spanish language. Also, SEAIC participates in the National Commission of Allergy, a consulting committee of the Spanish Ministry of Health that establishes the standards and programs for training in allergy in our country. Regarding research, through its Foundation, SEAIC grants every year several research projects carried out by Spanish investigators in the field of allergic diseases. Finally, this year SEAIC is engaged in the 2014 edition of the nationwide epidemiological study Allergology, which was carried out for the first time in 1992 and thereafter in 2005, and provides important information on prevalence of allergic diseases and clinical procedures and how these change through time.
The Spanish Society of Allergy was founded in November of 1948, being one of the oldest scientific societies in Spain, and its current name, Spanish Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, was coined in 1975. Its first meeting took place in 1949 and since 1978 our meetings are celebrated yearly, National Congresses and International Symposia alternating every other year. Its first working committees started in 1959 and nowadays SEAIC counts on 15 working committees specialized in the diverse fields of allergy, including a specific committee on nursing in Allergy. From 1986 to 2005 the Spanish Journal of Allergology and Clinical Immunology was our official journal, which was then closed and changed to the Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology, an open-access English-written journal that has notably increased its impact factor in recent years.
Swedish Association for Allergology
The Association was started in 1946 as a union of physicians and others with a special interest in allergic diseases. In 1976 Allergology specialty was established and since then the Association also has been formulating objectives for and promoting the specialist training within allergic diseases. The Association was involved in organizing ICACI XV-EAACI '94 meeting in Stockholm and EAACI 2007 meeting in Gothenburg.
Swiss Society of Allergology and Immunology (SSAI)
Mission: The Swiss Society for Allergology and Immunology (SSAI) brings together basic researchers, laboratory specialists and clinically active doctors and plays a pioneering role in achieving multidisciplinary biomedical progress. We establish new treatment methods and aim for scientific and medical excellence in our specialist fields. Our main tasks are to promote quality, education and collaboration by supporting our members and participating in national and international organisations.
Argentine Association of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (AAAeIC)
Argentine Society of Allergy and Immunopathology
Brazilian Society of Allergy and Immunopathology (ASBAI)
Recently, the partnership between WAO and ASBAI have been increasing spectacularly culminating with the WISC in Rio de Janeiro on December. It inspires ASBAI in its purpose to improve educational programing bringing information to all physicians interested in allergy and immunology practicing. ASBAI has promoted courses specially designed to specialists (intensive courses in atopic dermatitis, anaphylaxis, drug allergy, pe) and workshops directed to general practioner.
Chilean Society of Allergy and Immunology
Founded: April 15, 1946
The Chilean Society of Allergy and Immunology was founded in April 15th 1946, its first president was Dr. Eduardo Díaz Carrasco. The first Directory was integrated by Dres. Zoltan Von Bernath, Alejandro Reyes, Ricardo Guzmán and Juan Grau. During the first years they were dedicated to make the polinic calendar of Santiago city and to describe allergies associated with pollens. On June 7, 1978 the Society is re-founded and the actual statutes that regulate our Society were established
Colombian Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Association (ACAAI)
Cuban Society of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology
Mission: Our Society works to join all the professionals linked with the diagnosis and treatment of the allergic diseases and to encourage the interchange and their members investigation, to obtain the excellence in the care of the patients with allergic diseases. We are working together to improve the control and prevention of allergic diseases.
One of its goals for our society are the academic exchanges with specialist centers and trainings. Therefore, the Society looks for support for courses and grants in countries with advanced technology institutions. We worked in Pediatrics Text book confection and we are continuous working in this way. There are 11 controlled clinical trials on IT, with randomized design, all registered at the Cuban public registry for clinical trials. 9 of them are already finished, while the first on in children is still in progress: a dose –response study by SL route. All of them have used mite vaccines and having asthma as a target. We also have 3 studies on adverse events in IT. We are also working on our own guideline for allergen IT management. Also related, in 2009 and 2012, the Cuban Society of Allergology has endorsed and co-organized, with the Cuban Immunology Society, two international meetings on allergen vaccines.
When the Society was founded in 1948, few professionals were dedicated to the allergy field. With the specialty recognition in 1960 by the present Cuban Ministry of Public Health, the human resources training work started and the first specialists graduated in 1977. From that moment on, new professionals enter every year into the specialty, and the association changed its name into Cuban Society of Allergy, Asthma and Clinic Immunology in 2008. Currently, its goal is to incorporate all the specialty professionals, 260 Allergologists existing to date. It also schedules various training courses and events every year.
Ecuadorian Society of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (SEAAI)
Guatemalan Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology Association (ASGUAI)
Honduran Society of Allergy and Clincial Immunology (SHAIC)
Mission: To advance excellence in clinical care, education and training SHAIC members consider invaluable to belong to an international umbrella organization that provides excellent educational programs and lectureships that can help us to solve many of the challenges in clinic and medical education with a solid scientific basis.
Founded: April 8, 1986
April 8, 1986 there met a group of connoted medical specialists of Tegucigalpa, to organized the first provisional board of directors of what would become the Honduran Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (SHAIC). 6 September, 86: SHAIC's foundation is formalized. 24 March, 87: there was published in the official newspaper of Honduras the resolution recognizing SHAIC's legal status. Since then the SHAIC has stayed faithful to his mission, taking part in multiple Medical Education activities; SHAIC has successfully organized 17 National Congresses on Allergy/CI, 2 Congresses of the Central American Federation of Allergy/CI, at least 60 update workshops. We have also organized workshops of anaphylaxis, to fill a gap in the medical national community and we have participated in the 12 Congresses of the CA Federation of Allergy/CI. At present, we have established friendship with other scientific related societies at national and international level to achieve excellence in what we do.
Mexican College of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Mexican College of Pediatricians Specialized in Allergy and Clinical Immunology (COMPEDIA)
Mission: COMPEDIA is a group the Mexican pediatric allergists, experts in allergy issues that promote continuous medical education in allergy and pediatric immunology, with practical application of scientific medical evidence, through courses, congresses, symposiums. Disseminate updated and truthful information to health professionals and to parents and patients or the general public. Encourage research that contributes to solving pediatric allergy problems that represent a public health problem.
Founded: June 7, 1989
Panamanian Association of Allergology and Clinical Immunology
Paraguayan Society of Immunology and Allergy
Peruvian Society of Allergy and Immunology
Uruguayan Society of Allergology
Mission: To make continuing education on Allergy/Immunology and team with other specialty societies to make progresses in the health management of allergic patients in Uruguay. Also working on the practice of the allergy in the social security systems.
Founded: April 1, 1950
Venezuelan Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI)
Mission: The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is dedicated to the advancement of the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology for optimal patient care.
The evolution of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) dates back to the early 1920s with the founding of two professional organizations: the Society for the Study of Asthma and Allied Conditions (on the East Coast) and the American Association for the Study of Allergy (on the West Coast). In 1943, these two entities joined forces to become one stronger, integrated professional society called the American Academy of Allergy. Although its name has changed, the Academy’s mission has remained the same: the advancement of the knowledge of allergy, asthma and immunology for optimal patient care.
Publishing Cutting-Edge Research The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, (JACI) the official publication of the AAAAI, took root in 1929 with the first edition of The Journal of Allergy. Eight decades later, this journal is the most cited journal in the allergy / immunology specialty. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice (launched in January 2013) covers the spectrum of diseases in the allergy / immunology specialty, with an emphasis on practical clinical research and the latest recommendations for diagnosis and treatment.
Funding Research and Training The AAAAI has long recognized the need for development of academic leaders to attract and train future allergist / immunologists. In 1948, the Academy offered its first funding for four fellows-in-training with an annual stipend of $3,000 each. To date, the AAAAI has funded awards totaling more than $4 million, much of this through the Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Education and Research Organization, Inc.
Presenting the Latest Advances The Academy’s first Annual Meeting in 1944 was a two day event with four sessions and 23 presentations. Now more than 7,000 delegates gather annually from around the globe for hundreds of sessions presented throughout five days of learning and networking. Meeting High Standards Setting requirements and standardizations for training and practice, as well as certification in allergy and clinical immunology dates back to the 1930s. Today, the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI) establishes qualifications and examines physicians to become recognized specialists in allergy and immunology.
Recording History The AAAAI is proud to host the largest allergic disease archive in the world dating back to 1923.
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)
Mission: The College and its members are dedicated to improving patient care in allergy, asthma and immunology through research, education and advocacy.
Founded: November 23, 1942
The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology promotes excellence in the practice of the sub specialty of Allergy and Immunology. It fosters a culture of collaboration and congeniality in which its members work together and with others toward the common goals of patient care, education, advocacy and research. The core values of the ACAAI are high ethical standards in providing quality patient care while advancing the specialty and supporting the practicing allergist.
ACAAI Initiatives – For details of the following initiatives please go to the College’s website www.acaai.org and click on About Us.
Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CSACI)
Mission: The Canadian Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology advances allergy, asthma, and immunology knowledge to optimize patient care across Canada.