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APAAACI Presidential Message: November/December 2022



Dear Friends and Colleagues, Warm greetings from APAAACI! APAAACI 2022 Congress PSAAI@50 congress held from 5-8 December 2022 at SMX Convention Centre, Manila, Philippines was a grand success, and it was all thanks to you. Thank you for contributing and thank you for sharing! The rich program comprised of over 120 faculty, 36 symposia, 11 plenary lectures, practical workshops, an Allergy Training School and 4 days of great learning. The Congress was an outstanding success with a strong scientific program on a wide range of topics of cutting-edge science and practical aspects.


On behalf of APAAACI, I express our gratitude to all colleagues from our national member societies and around the world for their active participating and contribution to the Congress. Our heartfelt gratitude to our co-host, the Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (PSAAI) led by Prof Rommel C. Lobo and our APAAACI board and team for their dedicated efforts and for making this Congress an unforgettable memory in the history books. I also express my sincere gratitude to all our outstanding faculty, Past Presidents, Collaborating Sister Societies, Co- Chairs, all committees, National Member societies, and Industry Partners. I am pleased to share with you that we have received an overwhelming positive feedback and great appreciation on both the scientific content as well as the organization.



APAAACI 2022 Congress PSAAI@50 Highlights



APAAACI International Conference 2023

We invite you to join us at the APAAACI International Conference 2023, in collaboration with the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Society (Singapore), in Singapore, October 23-26, 2023, with the theme ‘The Innovation, Revolution: Allergy Asthma and Immunology’. We look forward to seeing you there in 2023.



APAAACI is proud to announce APAAACI CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE (ACE)


An APAAACI Center of Excellence (ACE) is a multidisciplinary academic medical institution /center in the Asia Pacific which is active in scientific and clinical innovation, education, research and advocacy in allergy, asthma and clinical immunology.

The ACE will create a platform for researchers and clinicians delivering excellence in education, training, research and patient care in allergy, asthma and clinical immunology.

ACE provides,

  • Clinicians and researchers with continuing education, research collaboration and access to interdisciplinary training programs

  • Training and education opportunities for Fellows in training

  • Opportunities to network and collaborate to enhance research, education and training in allergy, asthma and clinical immunology

Merits of becoming an ACE

  • Opportunity to collaborate with APAAACI on educational programs, resources, committees and congresses

  • Scientific support in the development and dissemination of publications / educational resources

  • Cross collaboration with other Centers of Excellence regionally and globally to form international multi-Center projects, joint mentorship, research fellowships

  • ACE recognition award plaque

Stay tuned for more details!



APAAACI MASTERCLASS on Addressing Severe Allergies: Webinar Series II

We successfully organized another APAAACI MasterClass, on 8th November 2022, with the theme: Addressing Severe Allergies.


This forum was led by our international leading expert, Prof. Jean Bousquet (France) and with lectures from regional leading experts, Prof. Pete Smith (Australia), Prof. Luo Zhang (China) & Prof. Pongsakorn Tantilipikorn (Thailand).

We received great appreciation on the outstanding talks and contents. Webinar had over 600 registrations from 51 countries, from the region and beyond.




Member Society Updates

It is with pleasure that we welcome our newest member society Ho Chi Minh Society of Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Vietnam (HSAACI). The Ho Chi Minh Society of Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology (HSAACI)’s mission is to provide a professional network to foster the development of specialties and promote people’s health. The major activities of HSAACI include the establishment of Asthma and COPD outpatient care unit (ACOCU), medical education through the training courses for medical staff, increase of patients’ awareness and a pursuit of scientific research in the fields of asthma, allergy, and clinical immunology. The annual congress of HSAACI is organized to create a platform for scientific communication throughout the country. We are very much looking forward to many future collaborations with HSAACI.

To learn more about HSAACI

Visit HSAACI website



Meet the New Editor-in-Chief of AP Allergy Journal

Please join me in welcoming Prof. Luo Zhang, to the position of Editor-in-Chief of the AP Allergy Journal.

Our heartiest congratulations for being elected as Editor-in-Chief of Asia Pacific Allergy (AP Allergy), the official journal of APAAACI.

We are proud to have him in the position to take the Journal to new heights in these times of rapid change in the publishing world.






Meet the New Publisher of AP Allergy Journal

It is with pleasure we announce that we have partnered with Wolters Kluwer to relaunch Asia Pacific Allergy (AP Allergy), the official journal of APAAACI.

In March 2023, APAAACI will release the new edition of Asia Pacific Allergy (AP Allergy). Stay tuned!








Upcoming Initiatives

APAAACI Individual Membership

In our efforts to build a wider platform of APAAACI community, in addition to our many APAAACI member societies, we invite active individuals to become APAAACI individual members. Individual members will have numerous opportunities to participate in many APAAACI activities and also to apply to become an APAAACI Fellow overtime.


APAAACI Fellowship

APAAACI Fellowships is an initiative to support and assist the career development of young clinician scientists in the Asia Pacific.

Stay tuned for more details.



Invite your friends and colleagues to become a JAAFCA Member

APAAACI expresses its deepest gratitude and congratulates all JAAFCA members especially the steering committee, for their continuous and active contribution to APAAACI. JAAFCA members are the soul of the organization.


Kindly invite your fellow colleagues who are below 45 years to join our JAAFCA Membership. Please share the link below. Sign up link here


APAAACI Board of Directors for 2023 & 2024

Please join me to congratulate the newly elected APAAACI Board of Directors for the term 2023-2024.


Considering their expertise and leadership in Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology, we are honored to have them as our new board members of APAAACI.


APAAACI Collaborates with World Immune Regulation Meeting XVII

APAAACI collaborates with WIRM and invites colleagues from the region to register in this highly scientific meeting.



Register Now




Highlights of the Allergy World

The Association of Prenatal C-Reactive Protein Levels with Childhood Asthma and Atopy Yih-Chieh S. Chen, Kathleen A. Lee-Sarwar, Hooman Mirzakhani, George T. O’Connor, Leonard B. Bacharier, Robert S. Zieger, et al. The Association of Prenatal C-Reactive Protein Levels with Childhood Asthma and Atopy. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 2022; 10: 3213-9 Magnitude and Time Course of Response to Abrocitinib for Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis Kristian Reich, Peter A. Lio, Robert Bissonnette, Andrew F. Alexis, Mark G. Lebwohl, Andrew E. Pink, et al. Magnitude and Time Course of Response to Abrocitinib for Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 2022; 10: 3228-37 Effectiveness of Hydroxychloroquine and Omalizumab in Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria: A Real-World Study Najeeb Khan, Tolly G. Epstein, Ilona DuBuske, Maria Strobel, David I. Bernstein. Effectiveness of Hydroxychloroquine and Omalizumab in Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria: A Real-World Study. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 2022; 10: 3300-5 Effect of ozone on allergic airway inflammation Mehrdad Arjomandi, Hofer Wong, Rachel Tenney, Nina Holland, John R. Balmes. Effect of ozone on allergic airway inflammation. J Allergy Clin Immunol Global 2022; 1: 273-81 Vaccination counseling with and without excipient skin testing in patients with suspected allergic reactions to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and patients with atopy Dilawar Khokhar, Kelly M. O’Shea, Cem Akin, James L. Baldwin, Mariel R. Benjamin, Rajan Ravikumar et al. J Allergy Clin Immunol Global 2022; 1: 209-16 Drug allergy: A 2022 practice parameter update David A. Khan, Aleena Banerji, Kimberly G. Blumenthal, Elizabeth J. Phillips, Roland Solensky, Andrew A. White, et al. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2022; 150: 1333-93 The abundance of Ruminococcus bromii is associated with faecal butyrate levels and atopic dermatitis in infancy Mari Sasaki, Clarissa Schwab, Alejandro Ramirez Garcia, Qing Li, Ruth Ferstl, Eugen Bersuch, Cezmi A. Akdis et al. Allergy 2022; 77: 3629–3640 Effects of regular soy formula intake between 1 and 2 months of age on food sensitization in infancy Tetsuhiro Sakihara, Kenta Otsuji, Yohei Arakaki, Kazuya Hamada, Teruaki Matsui, Shiro Sugiura, Komei Ito. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2022; 33: e13898 High Inborn Errors of Immunity Risk in Patients with Granuloma Merve Süleyman, Oğuzhan Serin, Büşra Koçali, Diclehan Orhan, Elmas Ebru Yalçın, Uğur Özçelik, et al. J Clin Immunol 2022; 42: 1795–1809 Trajectories of cough without a cold in early childhood and associations with atopic diseases Amandine Divaret- Chauveau, Frederic Mauny, Alexander Hose, Martin Depner, Marie-Laure Dalphin, Vincent Kaulek, et al. Clin Exp Allergy. 2022;00:1–14 The hygiene hypothesis for allergy – conception and evolution Michael R Perkin, David P Strachan. Frontiers in Allergy 2022.1051368 Exposure to environmental air pollutants as a risk factor for primary Sjogren’s syndrome Kevin Sheng-Kai Ma, Li-Tzu Wang, Weikun Chong, Cheng-Li Lin, Aimin Chen, James Cheng-Chung Wei. Frontiers in Immunology 2022.1044462


Website Editor: Prof. Bernard Thong Website Co-Editor: Prof. Amir HA Latiff








Professor Ruby Pawankar

APAAACI President

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