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ACAAI 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting
Explore Faces and Facets
of Allergy & Immunology

As allergists/immunologists practicing in the 21st century, we are truly holistic specialists. Instead of focusing on one organ of the human body, we focus on the entire immune system. Imagine if you will a mirror ball. All of the facets on a mirror ball reflect out like a prism to the different areas we, as allergists/immunologists, are involved in. We treat diseases ranging from the very common (allergic rhinitis and asthma) to the exceedingly rare (primary immune deficiency) and a variety in between (atopic and contact dermatitis, urticaria, food, stinging insect and drug allergy), which include various organ systems (respiratory tract, eyes, skin, gastrointestinal) in patients from infancy to the elderly. Additionally, we are faced with the changing health care delivery system and challenges of the business side of running our clinics and practices.

Our specialty, patients and practices have set the perfect stage for the focus of this year’s 71st ACAAI Annual Scientific Meeting, entitled Faces and Facets of Allergy & Immunology

Our meeting begins on Thursday with our compelling full day conference, D-Day for Skin Deep Allergies. Experts will discuss improved diagnostic techniques, consensus and controversies of guidelines, and treatment breakthroughs for common allergies.

The popular Friday Annual Literature Review, Everything You Should Have Read Last Year, But Didn’t, will return this year. The entire meeting will be packed with valuable workshops, symposia and plenaries addressing a wide array of topics including COPD and asthma; overlap syndrome; immunotherapy; climate change; emerging allergy treatments and the unique challenges we face in treating all age demographics. All of the topics will include compelling clinical information and research that you can apply and take back home to better treat your patients.

One of the highlights of the meeting will be the Great Raft Debate: “The Allergy Epidemic – a Root Cause Analysis” moderated by William K. Dolen, MD, FACAAI and Maeve E. O’Connor MD, FACAAI and featuring a five star line-up of debaters: Stanley J. Szefler, MD, FACAAI, Jay M. Portnoy, MD, FACAAI, Thomas A.E. Platts-Mills, MD, FACAAI, Dennis Ownby, MD, FACAAI, and David Peden, MD, FACAAI. You will not want to miss this stimulating discussion.

New this year, we will also have three special workshops being presented by scientists from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These will take place on Friday, Sunday and Monday.

The meeting will conclude with a compelling presentation on Monday from the world’s experts in food allergy. Here we will learn about oral and sublingual immunotherapy for food allergy treatment and the use of allergen components in diagnosis. With food allergy slightly increasing among children annually, it’s critical we stay abreast of the latest testing and treatment options.

If you visualize that mirror ball again, imagine how our specialty is also reflecting out at other faces aside from our patients, including that of our business and clinical staff and non-physician providers. This meeting has been designed with them in mind as well. Designated workshops will shed light on complex areas to help educate them so they too can better help patients.

We will be acknowledging the accomplishments of our fellow colleagues during the awards ceremony on Saturday evening which will be followed by the President’s Welcome Reception. I hope to see you all there. Be sure to attend the fundraising event featuring seven time Grammy Award winner, Al Jarreau. He is one of the few artists to win Grammys in three different categories: jazz, pop and R&B and is sure to entertain us.

The ACAAI House of Delegates (HOD) invites all attendees to the Town Hall Meeting on Friday. Topics that will be discussed include the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the practicing allergist, an update on state sterile compounding legislation, JCAAI update and more.

This year’s meeting is sure to provide you with the knowledge and expertise you need to improve the faces and facets of allergy and asthma in your community.

 
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