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Junior Member News - June 2016

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The 7th drug hypersensitivity meeting was in Malaga, a beautiful costal city in the Andalusia region of southern Spain, in the month of April 2016. This meeting is held every two years in Europe, tailored for scientists with an interest in both basic and clinical drug hypersensitivity. The conference was organized by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) held at the Barcelo hotel in the heart of the city.     

Malaga beach, Costa del Sol

The meeting covered a range of topics related to drug hypersensitivity with symposium options for basic or clinical research interests. The meeting included several international expert speakers in the field of drug hypersensitivity. On the first day of the meeting, participants learned about drug-induced angioedema, mechanisms for severe cutaneous drug reactions and how drugs stimulate the immune system. The second day included talks on the geographical differences in beta-lactam hypersensitivity, drug allergy classification, mechanisms of drug hypersensitivity and anaphylactic reactions, drug determinant interactions with antibodies and immune cells, and controversial issues in drug allergy. On the third and last day of the meeting lectures included translational research from a drug hypersensitivity cohort, hypersensitivity to chemotherapeutic and biological, and NSAID hypersensitivity mechanisms.

During the meeting, there were over 50 countries represented in the meeting with over 500 participants. More than 190 abstracts were presented at the meeting including, case reports, clinical and basic research. Six meet the expert seminars were included in the meeting and over 20 poster walks    

I highly encourage allergists with an interest in the drug hypersensitivity to attend the next DHM meeting in two years

All the best,

Alexei Gonzalez, MD
WAO JM Steering Group