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Plenary II: Allergies and Asthma – A Rapidly Growing Disease
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Plenary Session co-hosted and organized by European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Zurich, Switzerland
CO-CHAIR: Cezmi AKDIS, Director, Swiss Institute for Allergy and Asthma Research SIAF and Past-President, European Academy of Allergy Clinical Immunology EAACI, Switzerland
CO-CHAIR: Maria Antonella MURARO, Head of the Veneto Region Food Allergy Centre of Excellence for Research and Treatment, University of Padua, Italy
Maria Antonella MURARO, Head of the Veneto Region Food Allergy Centre of Excellence for Research and Treatment, University of Padua, Italy Presentation Title: "Food allergy and anaphylaxis: The new epidemic of 21st century."
Ioana AGACHE, EAACI Vice-President Communication & Membership, Associate Professor, Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Transylvania University, Brasov, Romania Presentation Title: "The asthma epidemic: How did we come to worldwide 600 Million patients?"
Claude FAVROT, Professor, Head of the dermatology Unit, Vetsuisse Faculty in Zürich, Switzerland Presentation Title: "Allergic diseases of animals and potential interactions with humans"
Peter SCHMID-GRENDELMEIER, Head of the Allergy Unit, Department of Dermatology, University Hospital of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland Presentation Title: "Allergic diseases in Africa"
Allergies and Asthma are not just public health problems for developed countries; the prevalence of allergic diseases is also increasing in developing countries. As negative and aggravating side effects of our technological progress with its overwhelming pollution of the atmosphere, the hydro-, bio-, and geosphere, the potential for allergic reactions of people, animals and plants is substantially increasing and the human and economic burden associated with these conditions getting worse. It is estimated that up to 30 percent of pets are suffering from allergies. But also changes in life style and food production may partially account for this increased prevalence. Allergies are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the medical problems that may be triggered or worsened by all the substances people and animals can come in contact with. The costs to society could be reduced to a large extent through concerted national and international actions.
This session discusses the drivers for the rise of prevalence, explores the interconnections between human and animal allergies, and presents solutions for today’s challenges in research and treatment of allergies and asthma patients in human and veterinary medicine.
Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis: The New Epidemic of 21st Century