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APAAACI Presidential Message: March/April 2021

Updated: Apr 30, 2021

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

This month APAAACI has reached several thousands for our Allergy week 2021. We express our sincere gratitude to you, all our member societies and our APAAACI community for coming together and delivering valuable contributions and for sharing this to the world. The APAAACI Allergy Week 2021 has achieved its intended target, and I am deeply grateful to all those of you who made this a reality. Allow me to summarize:

APAAACI Allergy Week: COVID-19: Allergies and Vaccines

APAAACI sucessfully hosted a special Live webinar on the theme COVID-19: Allergies and Vaccines, Understanding the Facts & Myths on 12th April 2021 via our APAAACI TV YouTube channel.

The webinar which was led by WHO leadership, a parliamentarian, global and regional leaders aimed to provide a better understanding of COVID-19 and allergies, the science of the vaccines, safe implementation, and improved physician understanding and public awareness on the benefits and safety of the vaccines. View Press Brief Now

With the line up of the high profile faculty, the event had a turn out of well over 2,000 attendees. We thank our distinguished speakers and the APAAACI task force for putting their efforts and time toward the success of this event. Watch Now


APAAACI Allergy Week: Member Society Activities

Malaysian Society of Allergy and Immunology (MSAI)

During the 20th MSAI Congress, on the 10th of April, MSAI jointly with APAAACI and Allergy and Clinical Immunology Society (ACIS) held a plenary session on COVID-19: A prelude to the APAAACI Allergy Week 2021 addressing the different aspects of the pandemic to vaccination and special aspects in PID patients. View Flyer

Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (PSAAI)

PSAAI organised a live press conference and webinar in line with APAAACI Allergy week on the 13th of April with several attendees and over 4,000 views. This brought the influential likes of Prof. Rommel Lobo, Dr. Stanley Fineman, Prof. Ruby Pawankar and Prof. Maria Carmen D. Ang. The session was moderated by Dr. Carmela Kasala.

View Flyer | Watch Now

Vietnam Society of Allergy (HSAACI)

The HSAACI organised a webinar in line with APAAACI Allergy week on the 14th of April. The theme was on Allergic Airway diseases in the pandemic: epidemiology to management.

View Flyer | Watch Now

Indonesian Society of Allergy and Immunology (ISAI)

ISAI organised a webinar in line with APAAACI Allergy week on the 15th of April. The keynote lectures featured Prof. Giorgio Canonica and Prof. Ruby Pawankar. This also brought along national experts including Prof. Iris Rengganis (President ISAI), Prof. Cissy Kartasasmita, Dr. Ansari Saifuddin Hasibuan and Dr. Eko Surachmanto.

View Flyer | Watch Now

Mongolian Society of Allergology (MSA)

MSA organised a live webinar in line with APAAACI Allergy week on the 17th of April. This featured key speakers, Prof. Ruby Pawankar, Dr. T. Oyunari, Dr. E. Choimaa, Dr. Ya. Saruulzul and Prof. S. Munkhbayarlakh. This event was attended by a broad audience. View Flyer | Watch Now

APAAACI Allergy Week India Chapter

India Academy of Allergy (IAA) hosted a webinar in line with APAAACI Allergy week on the 25th of April. The theme followed An Integrated Glocal Approach of Managing Allergies & Covid-19. The event was moderated by Dr. Soumya M. S. and featured keynote speakers including Prof. Ruby Pawankar and Prof. Randeep Guleria, Director of AIIMS and Advisor to the Government of India for Covid-19. This also featured national experts including Prof. Ashok Mahashiur and Dr. Raja Dhar. View Flyer | Watch Now

Taiwan Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (TAAACI)

TAAACI and TAPAAACI conducted activities in social media, multicentre public lectures and communication sessions for parents with allergic children regarding allergies in Taiwan and information on the COVID-19 vaccines.

Chinese Society of Allergology (CSA)

Prof. Luo Zhang, Past President of the Chinese Society of Allergy, and his colleagues held press briefs and public education activities and CMEs for the Allergy week.

Springtime pollen in China has put people on allergy alert. In response, Prof. Luo Zhang readily carried out patient education during the current pollen season. View Article

Other National Member Society Activities

APAAACI Allergy Week from other societies updated as we receive them.

APAAACI International Women’s Day: Women in Science

In honour of International Women's Day, APAAACI celebrated "Women in Science" by organising a LIVE panel intended to motivate and encourage young women into doing science. This session was broadcasted on 8th March 2021 at our APAAACI TV YouTube channel.

Our international panelists comprised of Prof. Kari Nadeau, Prof. Mariana Castells , Prof. Mubeccel Akdis, Prof. Ruby Pawankar, and was moderated by our young woman scientist Dr. Agnes Leung (Co-chair of our JM committee).

The webinar was widely attended and can be viewed on APAAACI TV. Watch Now


Allergy's Special China Issue: Press Brief

APAAACI is happy to announce Allergy’s special China Issue inaugurated in Beijing by the National Tongren Hospital, Capital University of China and Professor Luo Zhang, co-editor of the issue, the President of the National Tongren Hospital and Treasurer of APAAACI.

APAAACI TV Highlights

Adverse Reactions to COVID-19 Vaccines

Prof. Stanley Fineman is an Adjunct Associate Professor of the Emory University School of Medicine, and part of the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic in Atlanta, Georgia.

Watch as he presents the latest publication of research data on adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccines.

The webinar was followed by another discussion with Prof. Bernard Thong and Prof. Ruby Pawankar on comparisons of the situation experience in Asia. Watch Now

Chronic Urticaria - An Update & Tips and Tricks for Clinical Management

Prof. Marcus Maurer, is the a Professor of Dermatological Allergology and the Director of Research for Allergie-Centrum-Charité at the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

Watch this informative session as he discusses Cholinergic Urticaria (CU) treatment by HCP's.

This webinar was followed by a discussion, along with Prof. Ruby Pawankar, is valuable for the HCP's involved in the rollout of the vaccinations globally. Watch Now

Atopic Dermatitis Panel Session

In this APAAACI E-Learning session, Prof. Kent Woo, Prof. Jiu Yao Wang and Prof. Pham Le Duy look at various aspects of Atopic Dermatitis. Watch as they present the latest publication of research data on:

  • Current Concepts of Atopic Dermatitis and its relation to Food Allergy – Prof. Kent Woo, Malaysia

  • Role of Probiotics in Atopic Dermatitis– Prof. Jiu Yao Wang, Taiwan

  • Skin Moisturizing in Atopic Dermatitis and the Concepts that need to be reviewed – Prof. Pham Le Duy, Vietnam

The panel session is followed by a stimulating Q&A session moderated by Prof. Ruby Pawankar. Look forward to enriching your knowledge in this dynamic session! Watch Now

COVID-19 Updates

We have further developed the structure of our COVID-19 Resource Centre, the hub that hosts the latest news, publications, recommendations, and acknowledges the APAAACI COVID-19 task force who are working hard to keep our community informed on crucial first-hand news. View our Covid-19 Resource Centre now!

For more information, check out the:

APAAACI Community: Volunteering Opportunities

APAAACI continues to avidly seek volunteers to help grow and support the organization. We have opportunities to volunteer in:

1. Committees & New Member Activities

2. Junior Members

3. Conferences & Congresses

4. Webinars & Online Modules

5. Content & Community Development

For those interested, kindly email us at We look forward to your help and support in building our community!

APAAACI 2021 International Conference Joint TAAACI

We warmly welcome you to join us at the APAAACI 2021 International Conference Joint TAAACI that will take place in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan from October 15-17 this year. With an outstanding scientific program, well-woven combination of the most recent advances and practical clinical and key experts from the region and around the world, the conference will provide the latest advances in clinical, research, hands-on and problem-based learning.

Taking this wonderful opportunity, we sincerely invite you to submit your abstract which are open till May 20, 2021. In line with APAAACI’s mission to encourage and support the development of the discipline of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology in the region, proposals on Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology and others are welcome. We urge you to make your submission soon! Submit Now

APAAACI 2022 Congress PSAAI@50

Following ahead we are also preparing for the APAAACI 2022 Congress PSAAI@50 in Manila, Philippines, 1-4 October, 2022. This Congress will be jointly hosted by APAAACI and the Philippine Society of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (PSAAI). This will also be a golden jubilee celebration of the PSAAI. Together with PSAAI we will work towards an outstanding scientific program and a cultural treat. We look forward to seeing you all there next year. More details here


Most of the APAAACI Committees are currently at the midst of finalising their research, and developing papers based on their observational findings. We look forward to seeing our committee leaders and members develop consensus documents/state of the art review papers and implement other initiatives. Stay tuned on more updates to come!

Finally, I would like to once again thank our Board of Directors, the committee chairs and members for their hard work and dedication. I also thank our member societies and our entire APAAACI community for sharing their time and expertise in our various initiatives. We also like to hear from our membership new ideas for increased collaboration.

Stay tuned for our upcoming activities.

Professor Ruby Pawankar

APAAACI President

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