ASCIA Annual Conferences

ASCIA 2019 Conference Report

ASCIA 2019 Conference

  pdfASCIA 2019 Program Book6.42 MB

The 30th ASCIA Annual Conference was a great success, with more than 600 registrations and an acclaimed program. Congratulations and thank you to Prof Michaela Lucas and the organising committee (Dr Chris Bundell, Rachael Dunn, A/Prof Mina John, A/Prof Richard Loh, Prof Dominic Mallon, Dr Tracy Markus, Dr Patricia Martinez, Dr Andrew McLean-Tooke, Valerie Noble, Dr Richard Nolan, Ingrid Roche, Sandra Vale). 
 
Thank you to the ASCIA staff led by Jill Smith (Rikki Dunstall, Michelle Haskard, Nadene Dorling) and ICMSA staff led by Rebecca Smith, who all worked tirelessly behind the scenes on the event logistics. Whilst ASCIA Annual Conferences are challenging to organise, they are also exciting events which provide an international standard of education and networking opportunities that ASCIA members can look forward to each year.

Highlights of the ASCIA 2019 Conference included:

The ASCIA 2019 Conference was held in conjunction with the highly successful sixth annual CFAR Symposium, the eighth Australian and New Zealand Anaesthetic Allergy Group (ANZAAG) Symposium and the third ASCIA-DAA CAL (Centre for Advanced Learning) Food Allergy and Intolerance Course for Dietitians. 

We look forward to your participation in next year's ASCIA Annual Conference in September 2020 in Melbourne.

For preliminary information go to www.ascia2020.com 

ASCIA acknowledges artist Valerie Sparks for use of her artwork ‘Emergent’ 2015 for the ASCIA 2019 Conference. 

ASCIA 2018 Conference Report

ASCIA 2018 Conference DL card

pdfASCIA 2018 Program Book3.45 MB

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Congratulations and thank you to the ASCIA 2018 conference co-chairs A/Prof Katrina Randall and Dr Elizabeth da Silva, as well as their organising committee (listed below). The ASCIA 2018 Conference in Canberra was a great success, with more than 600 registrations, an outstanding program and a fabulous gala dinner at Old Parliament House. The positive feedback received from delegates has indicated that the ASCIA Annual Conference was once again a highlight of the year for ASCIA members and other health professionals who work in allergy and immunology.

Thank you also to the following international speakers who presented at the conference:

Prof Antonella Muraro was unfortunately unable to travel due to an acute illness. We thank A/Prof David Fleischer for agreeing to present in the Food Allergy Plenary and Prof Dianne Campbell for presenting in the CFAR Symposium.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank:

More than 100 abstracts were received for the ASCIA 2018 Conference, comprising:

Congratulations to the clinical grand rounds case and poster award winners who are listed on the ASCIA website www.allergy.org.au/hp/awards-grants/ascia-award-grant-scholarship-recipients#s1  

The winners were announced at the ASCIA 2018 Conference closing function, as well as the 2018 AIFA research grant recipient www.allergyimmunology.org.au/news/aifa-2018-research-grant-announcement

All abstracts will be published online in the Internal Medicine Journal by the end of this month, with a link from the ASCIA website www.allergy.org.au/conferences/ascia-annual-conference/published-abstracts-ascia

The ASCIA Annual General Meeting for 2017-2018 was held during the ASCIA 2018 Conference on Thursday 14 September. In case you missed it, the Minutes are available at www.allergy.org.au/members/ascia-agm  

The AGM included ASCIA Council elections, so we thank all outgoing members and welcome new Directors and Council members, who are listed on the ASCIA website www.allergy.org.au/members/committees#counc

We look forward to your participation in the ASCIA 2019 Conference in Perth next September, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of ASCIA. For preliminary information visit www.ascia2019.com

ASCIA 2017 Conference Report

ASCIA 2017 conference

pdfASCIA 2017 Program Book6.01 MB

28th ASCIA Annual Conference, Viaduct Events Centre Auckland, 13-15 September 2017

The ASCIA 2017 Conference was a great success, with more than 680 registrations, an outstanding program, an interactive conference app and a spectacular venue located on the stunning Waitematā Harbour in Auckland.  

The positive feedback received from delegates has indicated that it was a highlight of the year for ASCIA members and other health professionals with an interest in allergy and clinical immunology.  

Thank you to the ASCIA 2017 conference:

Thank you also to the following 8 international speakers who presented at the conference:

Congratulations to the clinical grand round, primary immunodeficiency case and poster award winners who are listed on the ASCIA website www.allergy.org.au/health-professionals/awards-grants/ascia-award-grant-scholarship-recipients 

A total of 92 posters were displayed and these are available to view on the conference app. You can access the app, even if you didn't attend the conference.  For instructions go to http://ascia2017.com.au/ascia-2017-app/  All abstracts have been published in the online Internal Medicine Journal and these are archived on the ASCIA website www.allergy.org.au/conferences/ascia-annual-conference/published-abstracts-ascia

The social functions were also a highlight of the conference, including a karanga (Maori welcome call) performed by a kapahaka group at the Welcome Function, and a spectacular Gala Dinner at St Matthew-in-the-City.  Photographs from these events will soon be available on the ASCIA website.

The ASCIA 2017 conference was held in conjunction with:

The ASCIA Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2017 was held during the ASCIA 2017 Conference on Thursday 14 September. In case you missed it, the AGM Minutes are available on the ASCIA website: www.allergy.org.au/members/ascia-agm

We look forward to your partcipation in the ASCIA 2018 Conference in Canberra next September. For more information visit www.ascia2018.com

ASCIA 2016 Conference Report

27th Annual Conference of ASCIA, 14-17 September 2016 Gold Coast Convention Centre

pdfASCIA 2016 Program Book6.81 MB

27th ASCIA Annual Conference, Gold Coast Convention Centre, 14-17 September 2016

The ASCIA 2016 conference provided 786 delegates with a unique opportunity to hear from 6 international experts and more than 30 local experts on a wide range of areas in allergy and clinical immunology. The conference also included 79 posters, 48 poster presentations and 16 clinical grand rounds presentations.

Congratulations and thank you to Dr Susan Perel (Chair), A/Professor Jane Peake and Dr David Gillis for organising an outstanding program for the ASCIA 2016 Conference. Thank you also to Kathy Beck and Anna Sullivan for coordinating an excellent Nurses' and Dietitians' Update and Professor Katie Allen for another successful CFAR Symposium.
 
Congratulations to the poster and clinical grand rounds award winners, who are listed at
www.allergy.org.au/health-professionals/awards-grants/ascia-award-grant-scholarship-recipients 
To access poster and clinical grand rounds abstracts published in the Internal Medicine Journal go to
www.allergy.org.au/conferences/ascia-annual-conference/published-abstracts-ascia 
To access posters go to www.ascia2016.com/posters.php 

Thank you to the 6 international speakers who travelled so far to share their expertise:

Thank you also to our Basten Orator Dr Graham Solley who presented the 11th annual Basten Oration, a tradition since it was introduced in 2006: 
www.allergy.org.au/conferences/ascia-annual-conference/annual-ascia-basten-oration 

This is the third time that Professor Abbas has presented the Postgraduate Immunology Course at an ASCIA Conference, for which we are extremely grateful. This course was the culmination of 5 days filled with opportunities to learn and interact with colleagues.  The slides from this course are available on the members section of the ASCIA website: www.allergy.org.au/members/postgraduate-education 

The ASCIA 2016 conference included several innovations:

Thank you to the team at ICMSA for organising the logistics of the conference, as well as sponsors and exhibitors, who continue to provide ongoing support for ASCIA Annual Conferences and other ASCIA educational initiatives.

The main aim of ASCIA Annual Conferences is to provide an international standard of continuing professional development and opportunities to update knowledge for ASCIA members and other health professionals working in the areas of allergy and clinical immunology. We believe that this conference achieved this aim and exceeded expectations.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 28th ASCIA Conference next September in Auckland, New Zealand. 
  

ASCIA 2015 Conference Report

26th Annual Conference of ASCIA, 9th - 12th September 2015 Adelaide Convention Centre  

pdfASCIA 2015 Program Book5.11 MB 

26th ASCIA Annual Conference, Adelaide Convention Centre, 9-12 September 2015

Congratulations and thank you to Dr William Smith and Dr Anthony Smith for co-chairing this highly successful conference, which has received excellent feedback from delegates.

Thank you also to:

A total of 94 abstracts were submitted, comprising 78 posters and 16 clinical grand rounds. All abstracts are published online in the Internal Medicine Journal and this can be accessed via the ASCIA website: www.allergy.org.au/conferences/ascia-annual-conference/published-abstracts-ascia 

Congratulations to the poster and clinical grand rounds award winners - listed on the ASCIA website: www.allergy.org.au/health-professionals/awards-grants/ascia-award-grant-scholarship-recipients

Innovations to the program in 2015 included:

The social program was well attended, including the Gala Dinner, held in the spectacular setting of the Adelaide Oval, a short walk across the bridge from the Adelaide Convention Centre. 

ASCIA 2014 Conference Report 

pdfASCIA 2014 Program Book6.57 MB

25th ASCIA Annual Conference, Melbourne Convention Centre, 10-13 September 2014

Congratulations and thank you to the ASCIA 2014 Conference Chair, Professor Jo Douglass and her organising committee on a highly successful conference.  We have received excellent feedback about the program and venue. In her welcome message Professor Douglass stated:

"This is the 25th ASCIA annual conference and we celebrate today those people who considered, 25 years ago, that the synergies from joining the Clinical Immunology Group of the Australasian Society for Immunology with the Australian College of Allergy were worth more than our differences.  With more than 400 delegates at this conference this shows that this is the case.

In welcoming you to this conference I suggest we are here to achieve the following 3 things:

1. Update on the clinical and scientific basis of our practice            Thank you in advance to our 4 international speakers, to CFAR for jointly sponsoring 2 of these speakers, and to local speakers who bring their work and passion to our conference.

2. Update on our local research                                                      This is the largest number of posters ever displayed and presented and I thank all of the authors for their efforts.

3. Celebrate our collegiality                                                                 Our annual conference is an opportunity to renew and refresh our relationships with our professional colleagues and industry partners in this dynamic environment.

Thank you to all for coming, welcome, and enjoy!"

Congratulations to the poster and clinical grand round (CGR) award winners, who are listed on the ASCIA website: www.allergy.org.au/health-professionals/awards-grants/ascia-award-grant-scholarship-recipients

All 111 abstracts that were submitted for posters and CGR cases are also published online, in the Internal Medicine Journal (IMJ): www.allergy.org.au/conferences/ascia-annual-conference/published-abstracts-ascia

I would also take this opportunity to thank all of the following:

International speakers - Prof Bobby Gaspar, Prof Robert Lemanske, A/Prof Kari Nadeau, A/Prof Wayne Shreffler.

Basten Orator - Prof James McCluskey   www.allergy.org.au/conferences/ascia-annual-conference/annual-ascia-basten-oration

Organising committee - Prof Katie Allen, Dr Sara Barnes, Dr Jeremy McComish, Vicki McWilliam, Dr Kate Nicholls, Prof Robyn O'Hehir, Dr Joanne Smart, Prof Mimi Tang, Dr Dean Tey, Leone Thiele.

Other speakers and chairs - 40 speakers and 44 chairs in total.

Delegates - 420 delegates in addition to 100 exhibitor delegates.

Sponsors and exhibitors - for their continued support of ASCIA annual conferences and other ASCIA educational initiatives.

ASCIA and ICMSA staff - Sandra, Rikki, Michelle, Rebecca, Helane.

Highlights of the ASCIA 2014 Annual Conference included:


 ASCIA 2013 Conference Report 

pdfASCIA 2013 Program Book 3.1 MB

24th ASCIA Annual Scientific Meeting, Perth Convention Centre, 10-14 September 2013

Congratulations and thank you to the ASCIA 2013 Chair, Dr Richard Nolan for coordinating a very successful meeting, both in terms of the scientific and social programs, which have received excellent feedback. Thank you also to the:

Highlights of ASCIA 2013 included:


ASCIA 2012 Conference Report

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23rd ASCIA Annual Scientific Meeting, Wellington Town Hall, 5-8 September 2012

Congratulations and thank you to the organising committee of ASCIA 2012; Dr Shannon Brothers, Dr Marianne Empson and Pauline Brown, led by the ASCIA 2012 Chair, Dr Miriam Hurst. Thank you also to the staff at ICMSA (Rebecca and Helane), ASCIA staff (Michelle and Sandra), all speakers and chairs, delegates, sponsors and exhibitors for their support of ASCIA 2012.

In particular we would like to thank our keynote international speakers, Professor Andrew Cant, Professor Ulrich Wahn, Dr Jorg Kleine-Tebbe and Professor Carlos Camargo for their informative and entertaining presentations throughout ASCIA 2012.

Feedback has been extremely positive, especially regarding the following highlights or innovations that were introduced at ASCIA 2012: 

ASCIA 2012 included very popular social functions on each evening from Wednesday to Friday and a traditional "Powhiri" welcome. The ASCIA 2012 Gala Dinner was held at the spectacular Te Papa Museum, a highlight of Wellington.


ASCIA 2011 Conference Report

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22nd ASCIA Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney Convention Centre, 6-10 September 2011

Congratulations and thank you to the ASCIA 2011 Chair, Prof Connie Katelaris and members of the ASCIA 2011 organising committee, Prof Brad Frankum, Dr Preeti Joshi, Dr Karuna Keat, Dr Frederick Lee, Dr Brynn Wainstein and Pamela Burton.

Thank you also to all speakers and chairs, delegates, sponsors and exhibitors for their support of ASCIA 2011.

In particular we would like to thank our international speakers, Prof Abul Abbas (USA), Prof Pascal Demoly (France), Dr George Du Toit (UK), Prof Gunnar Johansson (Sweden), Dr Montserrat Fernandez-Rivas (Spain), Dr Steven Holland (USA), Dr Marc Riedl (USA) and Prof Yehuda Shoenfeld (Israel).  

The ASCIA 2011 scientific program included a record number of:

Congratulations to the poster and CGR award winners, who are listed on ASCIA Awards and Grants.  Thank you to all the sponsors of these awards and travel scholarships for advanced trainees. 

For the first time in Australasia, a postgraduate immunology course was held as part of the meeting, expertly run by Prof Abul Abbas, who is the current (2011-2012) President of the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS).  This course was very popular, with 82 delegates participating on the Saturday, after attending the 3 day ASCIA 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting. 

ASCIA 2011 included social functions on each evening from Tuesday to Friday. Highlights from these events included: 

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