Junior Member News - October 2015

In 2015, two events important for the development of Russian Allergology took place in Russia: the GA2LEN Allergy School in Smolensk and the EAACI Practical Allergy Diagnosis (ePAD) Allergy School in Moscow.

GA2LEN Allergy School on Urticaria - Smolensk, Russia (18-19 June 2015)

The school was held under the supervision of Igor Otvagin (Rector of Smolensk State Medical University) and Raisa Meshkova (Head of the Allergology Department). Marcus Maurer, Martin Church, and Karoline Krause, well-known specialists in urticaria field from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Germany), with the help of workshop coordinator Tatev Ohanyan gave talks on diagnosis and treatment of the urticarial diseases. In the evening, all participants met at the dinner table and had an opportunity to socialize with the members of the German team. In the end, all participants passed the test and were awarded the GA2LEN certificate of Excellence.

EAACI Practical Allergy Diagnosis (ePAD) Allergy School - Moscow, Russia (27-29 August 2015)

The school was organised by European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) in close collaboration with Russian Association of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (RAACI) and National Research Centre - Institute of Immunology of the Federal Medical-Biological Agency of Russia.

It conveyed a broad range of topics related to allergy diagnosis. The programme included four theoretical plenary sessions (molecular diagnosis of allergy, cellular diagnosis of allergy, diagnosing major allergic disease in secondary care and new concepts for monitoring and diagnosis of allergy), four practical courses (allergen microarrays in component resolved diagnosis, basophil activation test, m-Health technology in allergy diagnosis and severity of allergy at a glance: EVAnescence measurement, advanced provocation testing) as well as two poster walks during which fourteen posters were presented (practical allergy diagnosis in the clinic and practical allergy diagnosis in the laboratory). On the first day of the school the participants gained an insight into cutting-edge molecular allergy research and learnt how to use modern diagnostic techniques in the daily clinical practice.  The talks delivered on the second day focused on the use of basophil activation test in the clinical setting, diagnosis of drug, food, insect venom allergies and inhalant allergic diseases. Not only did the participants listen to the talks given by brilliant speakers, but they also had the opportunity to acquire valuable practical skills.

Highly enjoyable guided Moscow city tour and a social event made a wonderful addition to the programme. On the third and final day the light was shed on the emerging technologies enabling doctors and patients to collaborate more effectively in order to monitor and combat allergy.  In conclusion, each participant was asked to take a quiz to assess the knowledge they had received during the school.

All the best,


Pavel Kolkhir, MD, PhD
Member of WAO Junior Group Steering Committee


Dmitrii Pogorelov, MD
WAO Junior Member