ASCIA Newsletter March 2017

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ASCIA Update aims to provide current information to the community about allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.
 
  ASCIA UPDATE - March 2017  
 
 
 

ASCIA Update aims to provide current information to the community about allergic diseases, primary immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.

 
 
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WORLD ALLERGY WEEK 2-8 APRIL 2017  

AIFA wear a red spot

This global campaign of the World Allergy Organisation (WAO) aims to raise awareness of the impact of allergy in our communities. This years' theme is 'The Agony of Hives - what to do when hives and swelling don’t go away'.

AIFA and ASCIA (as a member society of the WAO) are supporting this initiative in Australia and New Zealand through our new 'wear a spot of red' campaign. We encourage our supporters to help raise awareness and funds to support research into allergy, by wearing a spot of red or holding an event in their home, school or workplace.

Why not organise a 'wear a spot of red' mufti day at work, decorate your workspace or classroom using 'a spot of red' or host a 'spot of red' morning tea or bake sale? Make sure you take some photos and post them to social media using #WorldAllergyWeek.

For more details on how to join this initiative visit www.allergyimmunology.org.au/support-aifa/WorldAllergyWeek  

 
 

AIFA GRANTS ARE NOW OPEN     

AIFA GrantsExpressions of interest for AIFA research grants are now open and are due by 2 June 2017. To apply for an AIFA grant please review the eligibility criteria and download an EOI form at www.allergyimmunology.org.au/grants.  

Research projects previously funded by AIFA grants include Jack Jumper Ant allergy treatment, understanding FPIES and the AusPollen project. For more details about these projects visit www.allergyimmunology.org.au/projects  

 
 

NEW ASCIA ALLERGIC RHINITIS E-TRAINING FOR PHARMACISTS  

This is the latest course that ASCIA has developed for pharmacists and is available free of charge at http://etrainingpharm.ascia.org.au/ ASCIA anaphylaxis, food allergy and allergic rhinitis e-training courses for pharmacists have all been accredited and attract CPD points.

ASCIA ALLERGIC RHINITIS E-TRAINING FOR PHARMACISTS

 
 

NEW ASCIA IMMUNODEFICIENCY RESOURCES FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS  

ASCIA PID Clinical Update - This new ASCIA primary immunodeficiencies (PID) Clinical Update is paper is now available open access at www.allergy.org.au/health-professionals/papers/pid.    This Clinical Update complements ASCIA PID e-training for health professionals, available free of charge at https://immunodeficiency.ascia.org.au/

ASCIA HAE Position Paper - A recently updated version of the ASCIA Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) position paper is now available open access at www.allergy.org.au/health-professionals/papers/hereditary-angioedema.  Information on HAE is also available in ASCIA PID e-training for health professionals. 

 
 

POSSIBLE BEE VENOM SHORTAGE IN SECOND HALF OF 2017 

It is recommended that patients who are on maintenance bee venom immunotherapy should contact their GP to seek advice from the Allergy/Immunology specialist who initiated the treatment course to discuss options. For further details go to www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/info-updates/682-possible-bee-venom-shortage-in-second-half-of-2017  
 
 

MEETINGS AND EVENTS 2017 

Saturday 18 March 2017: Immunology and Allergy 2007 to 2017 - a decade of remarkable progress Macarthur Series in Immunology, Western Sydney University (WSU), Campbelltown NSW.  Register online by 10 March 2017 at https://onestop.westernsydney.edu.au/OneStopWeb/SOM_006

Saturday 18 March 2017: The Alfred Allergy Symposium, AMREP Seminar Room, The Alfred Hospital VIC www.semphn.org.au/event/alfred-allergy-symposium

Friday 17 to Saturday 18 March 2017: Epidemic Thunderstorm Asthma Symposium, Rydges Melbourne, VIC Register at www.eventbrite.com.au/e/epidemic-thunderstorm-asthma-symposium-tickets-31818945322

Thursday 30 March to Saturday 1 April 2017: Henry Kunkel Society Meeting: Human Immunology and PID - Rockefeller University, New York (Chaired by Prof Stuart Tangye) www.henrykunkelsociety.org/upcoming-meeting

Saturday 20 to Sunday 21 May 2017: ASCIA TAPID Meeting - RCH Melbourne

Friday 23 June 2017: Autoinflammatory Diseases Workshop for researchers, clinicians and patients - Garvan Institute of Medical Research – Register by 31 May at https://register.gimr.garvan.org.au/autoinflammatory 

Saturday 29 July 2017: ASCIA Advanced Training Meeting (Environmental Allergy), RACP Education Centre Sydney

Monday 10 to Tuesday 11 August 2017: Rhinoscopy Workshop - St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney www.svhs.org.au/home/research-education/education/courses-workshops-and-conferences/medical/rhinoscopy-workshop-2017

Tuesday 12 September 2017: CFAR Symposium – Viaduct Events Centre Auckland

Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 September 2017: ASCIA 2017 Conference – Viaduct Events Centre Auckland www.allergy.org.au/conferences/ascia-annual-conference#s2017

Saturday 16 September 2017: ANZAAG Symposium – Maritime Room Auckland www.anzaag.com/Events.aspx

A detailed list of other events is available on the ASCIA website: www.allergy.org.au/conferences/calendar  

 
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ASCIAThe mission of ASCIA is to advance the science and practice of allergy and clinical immunology, by promoting the highest standard of medical practice, training, education and research, to improve the health and quality of life of people with allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and other immune diseases.
 
 
 
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