Junior Member News - September 2014

WAO Junior Members Newsletter

September 2014

Dr Veeresh K Patil, MBBS, MRCP
Clinical Research Fellow,
David Hide Allergy and Asthma Research Centre, IOW.
Southampton University, UK
Clinical Respiratory Trainee, East of England, UK

Congratulations to Southampton

First WAO Center of Excellence has been awarded to the asthma, allergy and clinical immunology department at Southampton. This is in recognition of the excellent work done at Southampton in epidemiology, research, education and patient care. The department boasts a number of world leading physicians and scientists in allergy and asthma.

There have been ground breaking research in Southampton and currently many projects are ongoing. I have been fortunate to work as clinical fellow at The David Hide Asthma and Allergy Research Centre on Isle of Wight which is linked to the Southampton department. It has been a good exposure and learning experience working with Professor`s Hasan Arshad, John Holloway and Graham Roberts who are my supervisors and Dr Ramesh Kurukulaaratchy, Dr Carina Venter and the research team at the center.

MSc Allergy at Southampton University is one of only two such courses in the world. The MSc Allergy programme provides a teaching programme at certificate, diploma, MSc or standalone module level for UK and international students. From personal experience, I would recommend the course to the junior members of WAO who wish to improve their understanding and management of allergic diseases. It is delivered in modules, can be tailored to individual career needs and is flexible which is important for potential students particularly when they have full time professional commitments. Dr Judith Holloway is the programme director of the MSc course and further information can be found with the link; www.southampton.ac.uk/medicine/allergy

Applications for 2014 WAO center of excellence award deadline has just ended (30 August) and the criteria and application details for future applications can be accessed at; http://www.worldallergy.org/wcoe/

Successful Allergy School

I attended (speaker) EAACI Allergy School "Investigating allergic effects of environmental exposures" which took place in Brindisi, Italy, 2 – 5 July 2014. The school focused on the knowledge and skills to investigate the relationships between the environment and allergies. The topics covered include biological mechanisms, clinics, genetics and epigenetics and environmental risks for allergies and their assessment in asthma, rhinitis, food allergy, eczema, urticaria, drug allergy and venom allergy. Programme included practical skills sessions as well and the whole meeting had a friendly environment providing a great environment for young researchers to interact with some of the leading researchers in the field. This school gives a great opportunity for the young researchers particularly working in epidemiology of allergic diseases.

WISC 2014

WISC 2014 is to be held in Rio de Janeiro, 6-9th December. Apart from a very interesting scientific programme, there are various practical courses which will be beneficial for the junior members of