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Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Ajou University Hospital (Suwon, Korea)

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Our mission is to provide the best patient care, dedicate for patient-oriented translational research and educate future allergists for world allergy improvement.

The Allergy & Clinical Immunology Department in Ajou University Hospital was founded in 1994. Although its history is not long, our department has achieved great work in patient care, research and education. Our medical services primarily focus on diagnosis, treatment and education of patients with allergic and other immunologic diseases, as well as immunodeficiency disorders, through comprehensive patient care by specialists in respiratory, skin, drug, food and hymenoptera venom allergies.

The department is achieving the best treatment results in Korea through environmental management, evasion therapy, drug treatment, immunotherapy and accurate diagnosis. At the same time, the department is doing its utmost to discover the causes of diseases and new treatment methods through active research activities. The department specializes in treating and researching diseases caused by hypersensitive immune response due to dust, mites, pollen, fungi, animal hair, food, drugs and other external substances.

Our department has five clinical and two research faculty members. The core faculty members consist of Hae-Sim Park MD, PhD, Dong-Ho Nahm, MD, PhD, Young-Min Ye, MD, PhD, Yoo Seob Shin, MD, PhD and Ga-Young Ban, MD, PhD as well as Seung-Hyun Kim, PhD and Young Woo Choi, PhD. All faculty members of our department are actively involved in both education and research. 

Prof. Hae-Sim Park is an outstanding allergy specialist, especially in severe asthma, occupational asthma and NSAID hypersensitivity. She is Director of Ajou Research Driven Hospital Project and the President of the Korean Academy of Asthma Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She served as a board member of the WAO from January 2008 to December 2011. She has contributed to the Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research (the official journal of the Korean Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology) as an editor-in -chief since 2014 and to J Allergy Clin Immunol, Clin Exp Allergy, Eur Respir Journal, blue J and other major journals as a reviewer. She has also participated as one of the leading authors of several major textbooks, including Middlton’s textbook of Allergy. Prof. Dong-Ho Nahm is a well-known expert in the field of atopic dermatitis. He has published several key articles on immunomodulating therapy for atopic dermatitis. He has served as an executive board member of the Korean Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology and has worked as a leader of atopic dermatitis and allergen specific immunotherapy work groups in Korea. He had also served as a reviewer of several major journals.

Therefore, recent key research topics of our team are NSAID hypersensitivity/aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD), occupational asthma (under the guidance of Prof. Hae-Sim Park), atopic dermatitis (Prof. Dong-Ho Nahm), urticaria/anaphylaxis and adverse drug reactions (Prof. Young-Min Ye), investigation of pathogenic mechansims of asthma using animal modelse (Prof. Yoo Seob Shin), primary immunodeficiency and omics approach to asthma  (Prof. Ga-Young Ban), and molecular pathogenetic mechanisms for asthma/adverse drug reactions (Prof. Seung-Hyun Kim). Since Korean government assigned our department a Research Driven Hospital Project under the topic of “New interventions of allergic and immunologic diseases” in 2015, we have been focusing on the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for difficult-to-treat allergic and immunologic diseases, including severe asthma and AERD in close collaboration with global and local bio companies and other associated research facilities. We have actively participated in global phase 2/3 clinical trials of major antiasthmatic drugs and biologics for the past 10 years.

Our department presently supports four international and two Korean postgraduate students, several researchers and research nurses. We have trained over 24 allergists/immunologists with a relatively short history. Most of them are currently working as active faculty members in academic centers in Korea and other countries, including China, Vietnam, Mongolia and Nepal.

In line with WAO’s mission to advance allergy/immunology education, research and patient care, the Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Ajou University Hospital is making every effort to train physicians, fellows, students, patients and their families and healthcare practitioners in the field of allergy and clinical immunology. We are supporting WAO’s educational mission by providing educational resources─in the form of scientific papers published in major journals and book chapters as well as personal education through international conferences and lectures─to different parts of the world with limited educational resources where education on allergy and immunology will be able to raise awareness of the importance of healthcare systems and thus improve patient well-being.