Prof. Richard F. Lockey, MD, WAO Web Editor-in-Chief, reviewed premier March medical journal articles for practicing allergists. Read his top 3 picks below and for the other 11 reviews, click here.
1. CD4+ INVARIANT T-CELL-RECEPTOR+ NATURAL KILLER T CELLS IN BRONCHIAL ASTHMA
2. ß-ADRENERGIC RECEPTOR POLYMORPHISMS AND RESPONSE TO SALMETEROL
3. THEOPHYLLINE AND CETIRIZINE IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC IDIOPATHIC URTICARIA (CIU)
To read the additional reviews, click here.
Polish Society of Allergology (Polskie Towarzystwo Alergologiczne – PTA) is a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of basic and clinical research, encouragement of training and continuous education in allergy and clinical immunology, and promotion of allergology as a public health care problem. The PTA was founded in 1983 as a natural consequence of the steadily growing number of allergists gathered in the Allergy Interest Section of the Polish Medical Society. The Allergy Section within the Polish Medical Society was formed in 1964. It was mainly linked to internal medicine but subsequently spread to pediatrics, pulmonary medicine, laryngology and dermatology. The active engagement of the Allergy Interest Section of the Polish Medical Society resulted in allergy being established as an independent medical sub-speciality in Poland. In 1973, the first allergy examination was passed, and allergy specialization was awarded. The first academic allergy centers were founded in 1970 in Krakow headed by Prof. A. Szczeklik and in Bialystok headed by Prof. S. Chyrek-Borowska.
The PTA as an independent organization has been rapidly growing since 1983, and now has more than 1,000 members. The members of the PTA are specialists in different fields of medicine, including internal medicine, pediatrics, laryngology and dermatology. Three journals supported by the PTA are: Alergia Astma Immunologia, International Review of Allergology and Clinical Immunology and Pneumonologia i Alergologia Polska.
Every three years the PTA organizes a National Congress. The next National Congress will take place in Wisla in 2006. During each National Congress, the new president and executive committee are elected. The current president of the PTA is Prof. Marek Kowalski, and the president elect is Prof. Piotr Kuna.
Many members of the PTA belong to the EAACI, WAO and many other international societies. PTA, as an organization, cooperates with WAO and EAACI in the organization of joint meetings and educational programs. In 1997, a joint meeting of the PTA and EAACI was held in Katowice, while in 1999, the first Eastern Europe EAACI Summer School took place in Bialystok. In July 2004, the PTA organized a symposium with the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in Krakow.
Several meetings supported by the PTA each year are visited by delegates from other international organizations. In 2005, WAO representatives participated in the annual meeting in Lodz.
The main goals of the PTA are:
Contributed by Krzysztof Kowal, MD, on behalf of the PTA
2006 Seminars & Conferences Placements Announced
Seminars & Conferences, WAO's newest educational program, offers member societies the opportunity to apply for an international lecturer, who they would not otherwise be able to afford to invite to their annual allergy meeting. The 2006 placements include:
7th Malaysian Congress of Allergy and Immunology
IX International Congress of the Polish Society of Allergology
XVI Congress of the Venezuelan Society of Allergy and Immunology
17th Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy Annual Scientific Meeting
ALL-4-Kids Congress: Joint Meeting of Allergy Society of South Africa & the South African Pediatric Association
To apply for a WAO Invited Lecturer in 2007, please fill out the online application.
Global Alliance Against Chronic Respiratory Disease (GARD)
Carlos Baena-Cagnani, WAO Past-President, and G. Walter Canonica, WAO President-Elect, represented the World Allergy Organization at the Beijing launch of the Global Alliance Against Chronic Respiratory Disease (GARD), 28 March 2006. GARD is a voluntary alliance of 41 internationally recognized organizations, institutions, and agencies from both developing and developed countries aimed at sharing expertise, identifying problems, promoting solutions, coordinating activities and working towards the common goal of fighting chronic respiratory diseases. Responsibility for different areas of development is vested in Working Groups. G. Walter Canonica Co-Chairs the Allergy Diagnosis Working Group, while Carlos Baena-Cagnani is Chair of the Pediatrics Working Group. Allergy is recognized by the GARD coalition as a major cause of respiratory illness, and WAO will work tirelessly within GARD to promote the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of allergic respiratory disease on a global basis. Other eminent members of the WAO Board of Directors in Beijing for the GARD Launch were Jean Bousquet, GARD Chair and Ronald Dahl, Co-Chair, F. Estelle R. Simons, Ruby Pawankar and Takeshi Fukuda. More information about GARD is available from the WHO Web site.
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Allergy Book Review
New Perspectives in Monitoring Lung Inflammation: Analysis of Exhaled Breath Condensate
Reviewer: Mark C. Glaum, MD, PhD
Find more allergy book reviews on the WAO Website here.
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