Portuguese Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (SPAIC)
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.