APAAACI Presidential Message: May/June 2022



Dear Friends and Colleagues,


My heartiest greetings to all of you!


Air pollution is one of the greatest environmental risk factors and a major public health challenge especially for Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) including chronic respiratory diseases like asthma. Over 8-9 million deaths are reported annually due to air pollution and the resulting climate change and over 91% of the premature deaths occurs in low and middle income countries in the Asia Pacific regions. Mitigating climate change and reducing air pollution is key to the prevention of NCDs.


Among our many scientific, educational and advocacy initiatives, APAAACI is committed to addressing the issue of climate change and air pollution, through increased awareness, research, and concerted efforts with governments and related NGO’s. In this context in month of May, APAAACI successfully organized APAAACI Allergy Week 2022.

Around this premise, we had an exciting line up of activities, please see below for more details.


APAAACI ALLERGY WEEK 2022 - Climate change a global challenge: impact on allergic diseases

APAAACI Allergy Week is held annually in April/May on a specific theme. The central premise of APAAACI Allergy Week is to draw attention to a particular aspect of allergic disease and to update healthcare professionals, to raise public awareness as well as to engage with global bodies.



In line with 'WHO's World Health Day 2022' ‘Our planet Our health’ and in line with APAAACI's mission to address climate change and air pollution, the theme of APAAACI Allergy Week 2022 was ‘Climate change a global challenge: impact on allergic diseases’


APAAACI Allergy Week 2022 was organized from 16th to 22nd May 2022.

APAAACI successfully hosted a special Live webinar on the theme Climate change a global challenge: impact on allergic diseases on 17th May 2022.


The webinar comprised of speakers from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Parliamentarians and other international and regional experts.






APAAACI Allergy Week 2022 : GLOBAL EXPERT INSIGHTS

In line with APAAACI Allergy week theme, APAAACI invited Global experts to provide their insights on this very important topic.





APAAACI Allergy week 2022 : Member Society Activities

APAAACI would like to sincerely thank all of the National Member Societies for celebrating APAAACI ALLERGY WEEK 2022 by conducting various activities to increase the awareness to address this important theme Climate change a global challenge: impact on allergic diseases.



Malaysian Society of Allergy and Immunology (MSAI)

In line with APAAACI Allergy week 2022, the Malaysian Society of Allergy and Immunology (MSAI) organized two forums, "Allergy Discussion Forum" & "Allergy Education Forum" on 20th May 2022, with the theme "Climate Change a Global Challenge"








Ho Chi Minh Society of Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Vietnam (HSAACI)

The Ho Chi Minh Society of Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Vietnam (HSAACI) organised a webinar in line with APAAACI Allergy week 2022 on the 29th of May 2022, with the theme 'Climate changes - Allergic Diseases are Altered'





Mata Chanan Devi Hospital, New Delhi, India

The Department of Pulmonology, Mata Chanan Devi Hospital, commemorated the Asia Pacific Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (APAAACI) Allergy Week with an academic session on 19th May 2022. The scientific session was inaugurated with lighting of the lamp and a short video address by Professor Ruby Pawankar, President of APAAACI.


Professor Ashok Shah (Former Director-Professor, Dept. of Pulmonary Medicine, Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, University of Delhi, and Former President, Indian College of Allergy, Asthma & Applied Immunology) was invited for a guest lecture on “Global warming, Climate change, Air pollution and Respiratory Allergies. Dr. Chandramani Panjabi (Head of Pulmonology, Mata Chanan Devi Hospital) also spoke on "Management of Allergic Rhinitis during COVID times".



This was followed by a Panel Discussion based on the APAAACI Allergy Week 2022 theme. The invited panelists were Heads of Respiratory Medicine & Interventional Pulmonology from prominent tertiary care hospitals of North and West Delhi - - Dr. Animesh Arya (Shri Balaji Action Medical Institute), Dr. Inder Mohan Chugh (Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh), Dr. Vikas Maurya (Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh), and Dr. Puneet Khanna (Manipal Hospital, Dwarka).

The academic session was chaired by faculty from Mata Chanan Devi Hospital, which included Dr. VK Goyal (Senior Consultant and Head, Internal Medicine), Dr. Sudhir Chhabra (Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine) and Dr. Harish Bhatia (Consultant, Pulmonology).




Mongolian Society of Allergology (MSA)

MSA organised a live webinar in line with APAAACI Allergy week on the 21st of May 2022. This featured key speakers, Prof. Ruby Pawankar, Prof. S. Munkhbayarlakh, Prof. G. Ankhbold, Prof. B. Dalai & Prof. N. Tuvshintur.



Indian College of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (ICAAI)

Indian College of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (ICAAI) hosted a live webinar in line with APAAACI Allergy week on the 22nd of May.

Program details below,





APAAACI MasterClass: Clinical Pearls in Allergic Rhinitis: Evidence to Practice

We have successfully organized a MasterClass on 23rd May 2022 with the theme: Clinical Pearls in Allergic Rhinitis: Evidence to Practice.


This forum was led by our international expert Prof. G. Walter Canonica (Italy) and our JAAFCA experts, Dr. Mongkol Sompornrattanapan (Thailand) & Dr. Yuan Zhang (China)

who delivered outstanding lectures. Forum was moderated by our regional expert Prof. Pongsakorn Tantilipikorn (Thailand)


We are extremely delighted to share that we have received an overwhelming positive feedback from 635 attendees who joined the event from 55 countries.







MOTIVATIONAL CONVERSATIONS WITH GLOBAL LEADERS: In conversation with Prof. You Young Kim

An exclusive interview with our Global leader Prof. You Young Kim,

President, APAAACI (1998 & 2002-2004)


Prof. You Young Kim, recalls highlights and explains life experiences that has shaped his career. Considering his vast experience, sharing his career journey will be a great motivation for our younger generation and inspiration for APAAACI community.




APAAACI publications in Asia Pacific Journal of Allergy and Immunology (APJAI)

APAAACI recently published its Asia pacific survey on Chronic Rhinosinusitis in APJAI

Shao S., Zheng M., Wang X., Latiff AH, Kim DY., Wang JY., Recto M., Lucas M., Sonomjamts M., Logi N., Lestari N., Irawati N., Tantilipikorn P., Bhargava S., MS S., Shimizu T., Leung TF., Kamchaisatian W., Pawankar R., Zhang L. Asia-Pacific survey of physicians’ perceptions and managements of chronic rhinosinusitis. Asian Pac J Allergy Immunol, 2022, 40(): (7.143)

We also heartily congratulate Professor Kiat Ruxrungtham, Editor in Chief of APJAI, official journal of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Association of Thailand (AAIAT) for the new impact factor of 7.143.





APAAACI MasterClass: Clinical Pearls in Peri-operative Anaphylaxis

We successfully organized another APAAACI MasterClass, on 21st June 2022, with the theme: Clinical Pearls in Peri-operative Anaphylaxis.


This forum was be moderated by Dr. Philip H Li (Hong Kong), comprised of lectures led by our regional and international experts, Prof. Mariana Castells (USA), Prof. Lene H Garvey (Denmark), Dr. Elaine Au (Hong Kong) & Dr. Jason Fok (Australia). We received great appreciation on the outstanding talks and content, webinar had over 300 delegates from 31 countries, from the region and beyond.








APAAACI Celebrates World Allergy Week 2022

APAAACI celebrated World Allergy Week 2022 with The Malaysian Society of Allergy and Immunology (MSAI) in a Live Webinar for World allergy week 2022: Malaysian chapter.


Prof. Ruby Pawankar, President, APAAACI, who was also served as President of World Allergy Organization (2012-2013) delivered a welcome note and an expert panel talk on "Current Concepts in Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma" in a live webinar organized by the Malaysian Society of Allergy and Immunology (MSAI).













APAAACI Symposium at 2022 International Congress of 50th Anniversary KAAACI

Korean Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology celebrated their 50th anniversary by successfully hosting their 2022 International Congress in Seoul, Korea from 6th-7th of May. APAAACI congratulate KAAACI on this very memorable and auspicious occasion of their 50th Anniversary. As you celebrate the past 50 years with pride on your achievements, we wish you continued success in the years ahead!

The KAAACI 2022 International Congress was held under the theme “Beyond the 50 years into New Horizons for Asthma and Allergy” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of KAAACI. In collaboration with KAAACI, APAAACI delivered a symposium on the topic ''Updated management of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS)''








Joint Symposium of MSA & APAAACI at the 2022 Annual Meeting of MSA

APAAACI congratulate MSA for celebrating their 20th Anniversary in which Mongolian Society of Allergology (MSA) & APAAACI conducted a joint symposium on the theme; Allergen Immunotherapy as a prototype of precision medicine in AR and asthma: impact of climate change, at the Mongolian Society of Allergology (MSA) Annual Meeting 2022 to celebrate 20th anniversary of MSA.







APAAACI Symposium at FOCIS 2022

22nd Annual Meeting of the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS 2022) took place, June 21-24, 2022, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

Each year, FOCIS invites their Member Societies to host symposia at the FOCIS Annual Meeting. This year APAAACI joined for the FOCIS 2022, by conducting a symposium on Asia Pacific perspectives in Allergy Asthma and Clinical Immunology

Program details below,

APAAACI Symposium on 21st of June 2022

Asia Pacific perspectives in Allergy Asthma and Clinical Immunology

1: Asia pacific perspectives of allergies, asthma and COVID ‐19

Speaker: Ruby Pawankar

2: Moonlighting proteins of Probiotics attenuates allergic asthma via immune‐metabolism change in macrophages

Speaker: Jiu Yao Wang

3: Immunological considerations in Covid‐19 Vaccinations

Speaker: Bernard Thong

4: Phenotypes of Chronic Rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps in Asia

Speaker: Luo Zhang







APAAACI 2022 Congress PSAAI@50

APAAACI will organise its biennial congress APAAACI 2022 Congress PSAAI@50 in Manila 5-8 December 2022. The Congress will be jointly hosted by APAAACI and the Philippine Society of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (PSAAI). With a greater element of prestige, it will also be a golden jubilee celebration of the PSAAI. We look forward to updating you on the congress details in the coming months. See you in Manila!






Highlights of the Allergy World


Asia-Pacific survey of physicians' perceptions and managements of chronic rhinosinusitis

Shao S., Zheng M., Wang X., Latiff AH, Kim DY., Wang JY., Recto M., Lucas M., Sonomjamts M., Logi N., Lestari N., Irawati N., Tantilipikorn P., Bhargava S., MS S., Shimizu T., Leung TF., Kamchaisatian W., Pawankar R., Zhang L. Asia-Pacific survey of physicians’ perceptions and managements of chronic rhinosinusitis. Asian Pac J Allergy Immunol, 2022, 40(): (7.143)


EAACI position paper on the clinical use of the bronchial allergen challenge: Unmet needs and research priorities

Agache I, Antolin-Amerigo D, de Blay F, Boccabella C, Caruso C, Chanez P, Couto M, Covar R, Doan S, Fauquert JL, Gauvreau G, Gherasim A, Klimek L, Lemiere C, Nair P, Ojanguren I, Peden D, Perez-de-Llano L, Pfaar O, Rondon C, Rukhazde M, Sastre J, Schulze J, Silva D, Tarlo S, Toppila-Salmi S, Walusiak-Skorupa J, Zielen S, Eguiluz-Gracia I. Allergy. 2022 Jun;77(6):1667-1684. doi: 10.1111/all.15203. Epub 2022 Jan 20.


Allergen immunotherapy and/or biologicals for IgE-mediated food allergy: A systematic review and meta-analysis

de Silva D, Rodríguez Del Río P, de Jong NW, Khaleva E, Singh C, Nowak-Wegrzyn A, Muraro A, Begin P, Pajno G, Fiocchi A, Sanchez A, Jones C, Nilsson C, Bindslev-Jensen C, Wong G, Sampson H, Beyer K, Marchisotto MJ, Fernandez Rivas M, Meyer R, Lau S, Nurmatov U, Roberts G; GA2LEN Food Allergy Guidelines Group. Allergy. 2022 Jun;77(6):1852-1862. doi: 10.1111/all.15211. Epub 2022 Jan 19.


Biologicals and Endoscopic Sinus Surgery for Severe Uncontrolled Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps: An Economic Perspective

van der Lans RJL, Hopkins C, Senior BA, Lund VJ, Reitsma S. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2022 Feb 26:S2213-2198(22)00218-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2022.02.017.


Contact allergens for the allergist

Fonacier L, Frankel D, Mawhirt S. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2022 Jun;128(6):629-644. doi: 10.1016/j.anai.2022.03.022. Epub 2022 Mar 25.



Optimizing topical management of atopic dermatitis

Butala S, Paller AS. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2022 May;128(5):48

8-504. doi: 10.1016/j.anai.2022.03.004. Epub 2022 Mar 12.


Neuroimmune communication regulating pruritus in atopic dermatitis

Martin Steinhoff, Fareed Ahmad, Atul Pandey, Angeliki Datsi, Ayda AlHammadi, Sara Al-Khawaga, et al. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2022;149:1875-98


COVID-19 vaccine in adult patients with inborn errorrs of immunity

Leanne P.M. van Leeuwen, Corine H. GeurtsvanKessel, Pauline M. Ellerbroek, Godelieve J. de Bree, Judith Potjewijd, Abraham Rutgers,et al. Immunogenicity of the mRNA-1273 J Allergy Clin Immunolo 2022; 149: 1949-1957


Trends in use of specialised formula for managing cow’s milk allergy in young children

Shriya Mehta, Hilary I. Allen, Dianne E Campbell, Karoline Fagerli Arntsen, Melanie Rae Simpson, Robert J. Boyle. Clin Exp Allergy. Epub 2022 May 29.


Bronchial inflammation biomarker patterns link humoral immunodeficiency with bronchiectasis-related small airway dysfunction

Ulrich M. Zissler, Aljoscha Thron, Jonas Eckrich, Shahrzad Bakhtiar, Ralf Schubert, Stefan Zielen. Clin Exp Allergy 2022; 52; 760-773


Alarmins and innate lymphoid cells 2 activation: A common pathogenetic link connecting respiratory syncytial virus bronchiolitis and later wheezing/asthma?

Giovanni A.Rossi, Stefania Ballarini, Pietro Salvati, Oliviero Sacco, Andrew A. Colin. Ped Allergy Immunol 2022 e13803


Website Editor: Prof. Bernard Thong

Website Co-Editor: Prof. Amir HA Latiff


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Professor Ruby Pawankar

APAAACI President

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