APAAACI Newsletter - 2017

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We warmly welcome you to APAAACI and our website.

The Asia Pacific region is vast in geography and population, diverse in language, and rich in culture and history. APAAACI as our regional academic and professional organisation reflects all these elements which constitute both our strength and our challenge.

Our member societies are at various different stages of development, from small and emerging societies in developing nations, to large societies in technologically advanced developed nations. We face many challenges not least in vastness of our geography and diversity in our healthcare systems and delivery. We confront global challenges of climate change, environmental pollution, and the rapid evolution from communicable to predominant non-communicable diseases. Nevertheless, what we share in common is far greater than our differences. We have a common purpose to promote our specialty through education, research and public advocacy. Our profession has a pivotal role in tackling the rising epidemic of allergies, asthma and immunological diseases in our region. Our member societies’ different stages of development mandate that we assist each other in progressing from relationships of dependence and independence to the maturity of interdependence. There is much work to be done but we will continue our journey through building a spirit of mutual trust, respect and collaboration.

We stand as partners with our regional sister organizations in Europe, North and Latin America, the Middle East and Africa and with the World Allergy Organization in our work. It is only through collaboration through which we will realise our potential of the 21st century being the Asia Pacific century, and achieve the vision of our founders. We invite you to join us in that journey through our Congresses, journal and website publications, educational and research activities.

Professor Frank Thien
President APAAACI
on behalf of the Executive Officers and Board of APAAACI

Joint Congress of Asia Pacific Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (APAAACI) and Asia Pacific Association of Pediatric Allergy, Respirology & Immunology (APAPARI) 2016 17th -20th October 2016 • Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Conference Summary

Joint Congress of Asia Pacific Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (APAAACI) and Asia Pacific Association of Pediatric Allergy, Respirology and Immunology (APAPARI) 2016 is organized and Hosted by Malaysian Society of Allergy and Immunology (MSAI) and would be held during Oct 17 - 20, 2016 at Shangri-La Hotel Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia.

The aim of the Joint Congress of APAAACI and APAPARI 2016 is to create a platform for the exchange of new and cutting edge knowledge on allergy, asthma, and clinical immunology in this region. It is MSAI's hope that the Congress would encourage study, prevention and treatment of allergy, asthma and immune-mediated diseases, with particular emphasis on problems specific to the region.

With the theme “The Era of Allergy: Local and Global Insights and Intervention”, MSAI wishes to see delegates at this congress cultivate friendship and networking with one another, with regional organisations as well as international organisations in the study of allergy, asthma and clinical immunology. Globalisation and the advent of the social digital media signals an increased accesibility between the health profesionals to communicate their experience towards improving the care of patients with allergic and immunolgic diseases.

The Scientific Programme will reflect advances in research, diagnosis and treatment of allergic and immunologic diseases (e.g. primary immunodeficiencies) as a result of various partnerships.

Reports by Congress Chair of Prof. Dr. Amir Hamzah Abdul Latiff MMED, MRCP, FACAAI, FAAAAI

Dear friends
Thanks once again for the opportunity given to MSAI to host and organise the Joint Congress of APAAACI-APAPARI 2016 in KL last year. We have been blessed with a superb team of Committee members from the COC, SPC, LSPC and the LOC, plus society members of APAAACI in a mega-collaboration. This huge collaboration which essentially revolves around friendship among us had lead to an excellent Scientific Programme ably led by the Co-Chairs, Ruby and Takao and supporting Kent as Chair of the LSPC. With the excellent Scientific Programme came along too world leading experts who graciously converged to our Congress to share their knowledge and experience. The opportunity to mix and network among the delegates was telling and there was in addition interaction with the sponsors of the Congress from various industries - be it local, regional and global offices. It was fantastic that the LOC managed to rope in the Metallic Sponsors, and with great assistance from Ruby too who secured sponsors from the global office, the overall outcome was that the Congress made a commendable profit that will benefit APAAACI, APAPARI and MSAI. I thank you all in the Executive Board of APAAACI and APAPARI for entrusting MSAI to work superbly with our chosen local PCO, and I trust the Executive Board of both Associations will continue the momentum of future Joint Congresses, to an even higher standard. I believe the experience we had with Ruby on our SPC and pulling in global office sponsorship, she would now as the President-Elect of APAAACI, would be a great team member for the future Joint Congresses, starting with the next one in Bangkok 2018.

I wish both APAAACI and APAPARI continuing success in your biennial Joint Congress, and with great friendship plus supporting host society members working with their own local PCO, I believe this simple formula will work nicely in achieving all objectives of the Congresses.

Thank you and all the best for Bangkok 2018. See you there.


Prof. Dr. Amir Hamzah Abdul Latiff MMED, MRCP, FACAAI, FAAAAI

Consultant Clinical Immunologist/Allergist (Adults & Pediatrics) &
Consultant Paediatrician
Allergy & Immunology Centre
Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysian Society of Allergy and Immunology (MSAI)
Board Member
Asia Pacific Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (APAAACI)
Editorial Board Member
AP Allergy
European Medical Journal - Allergy & Immunology

Mongolian Society of Allergology and APAPARI/APAAACI joint conference in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (29 June – 2 July, 2017)

Mongolian Society of Allergology (MSA) was found in April, 2002 initiated by group of young researchers, university professors and allergy doctors and held our first meeting in June 2002. Currently, MSA have over 100 active members of allergists, dermatologists, internists, pediatricians, ENT and immunologists. Since MSA was found, we conduct regular annual meetings for the members and organize continuing medical educational courses.

The mission of MSA is to being leading organization in field of allergy and clinical immunology in Mongolia.

In this time, on 29 June – 2 July, 2017, the Mongolian Society of Allergology (MSA) organized “14th Annual Meeting of MSA and APAPARI/APAAACI joint conference” in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. More than 80 Mongolian and foreign specialists participated. Minister of Health Prof. Tsogtsetseg Ayush and President of MSA Prof Munkhbayarlakh Sonomjamts gave a welcoming speech at the Opening Ceremony.

A special feature of the Conference program for 2017 was “Sharing knowledge and experience in common allergies”. The program included the latest findings of basic research in immunology and allergology, as well as rare allergies in Mongolian practice. Within the framework of the Conference, actual issues of practical medical experience were also discussed.

A major part of the Conference program was devoted to the issues of common allergies, specially in children, and were covered in plenary reports, including reports by Professor Ruby Pawankar (President-Elect of APAAACI), Professor Jiu-Yao Wang (Vice President of APAAACI) and Professor Hugo van Bever (Board of Directors of APAPARI). Practical and rare topics were presented by Professor Yoon-Seok Chang (Secretary General of APAAACI) and Arja Viinanen (Honorary member of MSA).

Mongolian researchers and specialists conducted postgraduate training for doctors and senior fellows, and highlighted the latest data in the frame-work of plenary lectures. This year Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences (MNUMS) has started new postgraduate training for allergists. Therefore, particular attention was paid to the issues of teaching and postgraduate training of specialists.

On Sunday, 2 July, Mongolian and Taiwan research team participated in Joint workshop at Core laboratory of MNUMS. The researchers from both country discussed about preliminary report of joint research project between Mongolia and Taiwan. Professor Munkhbayarlakh Sonomjamts from MNUMS and Professor Jiu-Yao Wang from National Cheng Kung University Taiwan lead the discussion and approved future plans. Core laboratory facilities and equipment were introduced after discussion.

Purevsuren Losol
Member of MSA

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