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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

Background:

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.

History

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.