Junior Member News - July, 2019

Invitation to WAC 2020 and information about food allergy in Japan

We invite you to attend World Allergy Congress (WAC) 2020 in Kyoto, Japan, from 17-20 September 2020.

This WAO Congress will be a joint congress held with the Japanese Society of Allergology (JSA), Asia Pacific Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (APAAACI), and Asia Pacific Academy of Pediatric Allergy, Respirology & Immunology (APAPARI). In this memorial congress, the JSA program, which is usually held in Japanese, will be primarily changed to English. We are expecting participants to take advantage of this opportunity as this congress will be a lively exchange of views about different managements and new evidence among allergists all over the world.

In Japan, the prevalence of food allergy has been increasing, with approximately 10% of infants developing food allergy. Oral food challenge (OFC) has been approved by nationwide insurance and is widely performed in Japan. Japanese food allergy guidelines recommend stepwise OFCs to avoid complete elimination of causable foods. (Allergol Int. 2017) This stepwise management has been reported to enable 2/3 of OFC positive patients to consume low or middle doses of causative foods. (JACI in practice. 2018)

Oral immunotherapy (OIT) has also been performed in many facilities in Japan. According to a national survey, 102 facilities currently perform OIT as clinical research. (Allergol Int. 2018) Recently, low-dose OIT for severe food allergy, which target lower doses than previous OIT, have been attracting attention in means of safety. Several reports from our county have contributed in establishing evidence on the efficacy and safety of low-dose OIT. (IAAI.2015) (IAAI. 2016) (PAI. 2018)

We hope you are able to explore allergic diseases and Japan further at WAC 2020. Kyoto is the center of Japanese traditional art, craft, culture and cuisine. During your stay in Kyoto, there will be many options for a great experience of the Japanese culture. For example, you can visit the traditional and beautiful temples and shrines, and enjoy Japanese food and drink at established Japanese restaurants. Also, there are many experimental tours such as Kimono dressing, visiting Sake breweries, learning the traditional Tea ceremony, etc.

The year 2020 will be the best year for us to welcome and entertain many foreign visitors through WAC. We are looking forward to seeing you in Kyoto!

If you are interested in attending and submitting your abstract to WAC2020 in Kyoto, please refer to this link (http://www.c-linkage.co.jp/jsawac2020/index.html).

Ken-ichi Nagakura MD
Department of Pediatrics, Sagamihara National Hospital
Delegate of Japanese Society of Allergology