Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Ajou University Hospital (Suwon, Korea)
Our mission is to provide the best patient care, dedicate for patient-oriented translational research and educate future allergists for world allergy improvement.
The Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Ajou University Hospital was founded in 1995. 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 & immunologic diseases and immunodeficiency disorders, and the specialists in respiratory, skin, drug, food, and Hymenoptera venom allergies provide comprehensive patient care.
Our department specializes in treating and researching diseases caused by the hypersensitive immune response to dust, mites, pollen, fungi, animal hair, food, drugs, and other external substances. We have achieved the best treatment results in Korea in environmental management, avoidance therapy, medical treatment, allergen immunotherapy based on accurate diagnosis. At the same time, our department is doing its utmost to investigate the causes of allergic diseases and novel treatment methods by active research.
Our department has 6 clinical and 2 research faculty members. The core faculty members consist of Hae-Sim Park MD, PhD, Dong-Ho Nahm, MD, PhD, Young-Min Ye, MD, PhD, You-Seob Shin, MD, PhD, Youngsoo Lee, MD, and Jae-Hyuk Jang, MD as clinical faculty members, and Min-Sook Ryu, PhD and Young Woo Choi, PhD as research faculty members. All faculty members of our department are actively involved in both education and research as well as patient care.
Prof. Hae-Sim Park is an outstanding allergy specialist, especially in severe asthma, occupational allergy, and NSAID hypersensitivity. She is the Director of Ajou Research Driven Hospital Project and the President of Ajou University Medical Center. She had served as a board member of the WAO from January 2008 to December 2011, and contributed to the Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research as the editor-in-chief for the past 6 years. Prof. Dong-Ho Nahm is a well-known expert in atopic dermatitis and a leader of the Korean Atopic Dermatitis/Allergen Immunotherapy Workgroup; Prof. Young-Min Ye is currently the head of our Department and is leading the Korean Urticaria/Anaphylaxis Workgroup; Dr. You-Seob Shin (associate professor) is leading the Korean Allergen Immunotherapy Workgroup; Dr. Youngsoo Lee (assistant professor) is a key member of the Korean Severe Asthma Workgroup.
Recent key research topics of our team are NSAID hypersensitivity/aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD), occupational asthma (supervised by Prof. Hae-Sim Park), atopic dermatitis (by Prof. Dong-Ho Nahm), urticaria/anaphylaxis and adverse drug reactions (by Prof. Young-Min Ye), investigation of pathogenic mechanisms of asthma using animal models (by Dr. Yoo Seob Shin), real-world evidence studies on the long-term clinical outcome using big clinical data (Dr. Youngsoo Lee, Dr. Jae-Hyuk Jang), and the identification/validation of new biomarkers of asthma and the development of new immunomodulating drugs (Dr. Rhu MS, Dr. Choi YW). Since the Korean government has assigned our department a Research-driven Hospital Project under the topic of “New interventions of allergic and immunologic diseases” in 2016, we have been focusing on the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for difficult-to-treat allergic and immunologic diseases, including severe asthma, AERD and chronic urticaria in close collaboration with global and local bio-companies.
Our department presently supports 2 international and 3 Korean postgraduate students, several researchers, and research nurses. We have trained over 36 allergists/immunologists despite 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, Hong Kong, and Canada.
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.