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ASCIA 2019 Conference Week: Sponsored dinner meetings

2 August 2019
In addition to the outstanding ASCIA 2019 Conference scientific program, the ASCIA 2019 Gala Dinner and the ASCIA Welcome/Closing Functions, the following  sponsored dinner meetings are being held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights during the ASCIA 2019 Conference week. Whilst there are no fees for these events, registrations are required, as shown below.

TUESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2019

DBV: Update on Investigational Epicutaneous Immunotherapy (EPIT) in Clinical Trials
Tuesday 3 September 2019, 6:00-9:00 pm
Fraser’s Restaurant, Kings Park
Speakers: Prof Hugh Sampson, Prof Dianne Campbell, Maria Said
To register email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 23 August 2019
 
Mylan: Allergic Diseases of the Airways – Novel Insights
Tuesday 3 September 2019, 6:30-9:15 pm
Kailis Bros, 101 Oxford Street Leederville
Speakers: Prof Peter Hellings, Prof Pete Smith
To register email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 61 419 644 563
 
Abbott:  Eosinophilic Oesophagitis (EOE) Symposium
Tuesday 3 September 2019
Speakers: A/Prof Carina Venter, Prof Evan Dellon
This event is full, so no more registrations are possible.

WEDNESDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2019

The following events are being held directly after the ASCIA 2019 Conference Welcome Function (including poster rounds) on Wednesday 4 September 2019, 4:30-6:00 pm
 
ASCIA 2019 Conference Dinner Meeting for Trainees and Supervisors 
Supported by CSL Behring
Wednesday 4 September 2019, 6:30-9:30 pm 
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Liberty Bar
To register email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 12 August 2019
 
Abbott: Allergy Nurses Dinner Meeting
Optimising eczema care to reduce the risk of food allergy: A multidisciplinary approach
Wednesday 4 September 2019, 6:00-9:00 pm
Parmelia Hilton Hotel
Speakers: Dr Meera Thalayasingam, Jemma Weidinger
To register email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Novartis: Targeted Immune Pathways in Asthma – an Immunology Update
Wednesday 4 September 2019, 6:30-9:00pm
Parmelia Hilton Hotel
Speakers: Dr Li Ping Chung, Prof Jo Douglass, Prof Philip Thompson
To register email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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FRIDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2019

Abacus dx: Allergy dinner
Friday, 6th September 2019, 6.00-8.00pm (The night before ASCIA Immunopathology Day)
Room 6, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre 
Light dinner and drinks will be provided
For expressions of interest for topics and speaker volunteers, please contact Maria Bello (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
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ASCIA 2019 Conference deadlines have been extended to 22 July

In response to several requests, the ASCIA 2019 earlybird registration and abstract submission deadline has been extended by one more week, to midnight on Monday 22nd July. Please note that no further extensions will be possible.

To register at the discounted earlybird rate go to https://www.ascia2019.com/registration.php

To submit an abstract go to https://www.ascia2019.com/abstracts.php  

Abstracts are invited for:

  • ASCIA 2019 posters (displayed from Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 September 2019)
  • ASCIA 2019 clinical grand rounds oral presentations (for advanced trainees only)
  • ASCIA 2019 short oral presentations for ASCIA 2019 Conference (clinical research)
  • CFAR Symposium short oral “hot publication” presentations (for food allergy research recently published or accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal). 

Acceptance of abstracts will be confirmed in August and they will be published online in the Internal Medicine Journal (IMJ) in September 2019.

ASCIA-ANZAAG Drug Allergy Symposium 

This Symposium is being held on Friday afternoon, as part of the ASCIA 2019 Conference.  The 8th Australian and New Zealand Anaesthetic Allergy Group (ANZAAG) Symposium on “Perioperative allergy – A sensitive subject” is also being held in Perth, on Saturday 7 September 2019. To register for the Saturday Symposium go to http://www.anzaag.com/Events.aspx

Dietitians’ Course and Day

ASCIA-DAA Centre for Advanced Learning (CAL) Dietitians Course is a two day course on food allergy and intolerance will be held on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 September 2019. Pre-requisites for this course include completion of ASCIA anaphylaxis, food allergy, and food service etraining courses, all of which are available online free of charge. For information and to register for this course go to 

https://daa.asn.au/member-community/blog/centre-for-advanced-learning/food-allergy-and-intolerance/

The ASCIA Dietitians Day is being held on Thursday 5 September as part of the ASCIA 2019 Conference.  There are no pre-requisites, but it is generally of most benefit to dietitians with experience with food allergy. Delegates can register just for this day, or combine it with day registration for Wednesday 4 September, registration for the CFAR Symposium on Tuesday 3 September and registration for the ASCIA-DAA CAL course (see above). 

To view the program go to https://www.ascia2019.com/downloads/ASCIA2019_Program_Dietitians_Day.pdf

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ASCIA 2019 Conference earlybird registration and abstract submission closes next Monday 15 July

8 July 2019: 

Discounted earlybird registration and abstract submission both close at midnight AEST next Monday 15 July 2019.

To register go to https://www.ascia2019.com/registration.php

To submit an abstract go to https://www.ascia2019.com/abstracts.php

To view the program go to https://www.ascia2019.com/program.php

This conference will to be a highlight of the year for ASCIA members and other health professionals, with a venue located on the spectacular Swan River in Perth and a program featuring the following confirmed 10 international speakers:

Prof Mark Boguniewicz, Prof Kaan Boztug, Prof Mariana Castells, Prof Evan Dellon, Dr Tomaz Garcez, A/Prof Matthew Greenhawt, Prof Peter Hellings, Prof Hugh Sampson, A/Prof Carina Venter, Prof Timothy Craig. 

Speaker bios can be found here. pdfASCIA 2019 Speaker Bios International1.58 MB

ASCIA 2019 Conference abstracts are invited for:

  • ASCIA 2019 posters (displayed from Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 September 2019)
  • ASCIA 2019 clinical grand rounds oral presentations (for advanced trainees only)
  • ASCIA 2019 short oral presentations for ASCIA 2019 Conference (clinical research)
  • Short oral presentation for CFAR Symposium (food allergy research)

CFAR Symposium 2019:  CFAR food allergy research abstracts will be selected to be included in the CFAR Symposium "Hot Publications" sessions. These will feature 3 minute presentations summarising food allergy research recently published or accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Please submit an abstract and citation information (journal name, date accepted) in order to be considered. Selection will take into account journal impact factor and novelty of the work.

ASCIA-DAA Centre for Advanced Learning (CAL) Dietitians Course: This two day course on food allergy and intolerance will be held on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 September 2019. Pre-requisites for this course include completion of ASCIA anaphylaxis, food allergy, and food service etraining courses, all of which are available online free of charge. For information and to register for this course go to 
 
ASCIA Dietitians Day: This event is being held on Thursday 5 September as part of the ASCIA 2019 Conference.  There are no pre-requisites, but it is generally of most benefit to dietitians with experience with food allergy. Delegates can register just for this day, or combine it with day registration for Wednesday 4 September, registration for the CFAR Symposium on Tuesday 3 September and registration for the ASCIA-DAA CAL course (see above). 

ASCIA-ANZAAG Drug Allergy Symposium: This Symposium is being held on Friday afternoon, as part of the ASCIA 2019 Conference.  The 8th Australian and New Zealand Anaesthetic Allergy Group (ANZAAG) Symposium on “Perioperative allergy – A sensitive subject” is also being held in Perth, on Saturday 7 September 2019. To register for the Saturday Symposium go to http://www.anzaag.com/Events.aspx

ASCIA social events and sponsored dinners during the ASCIA 2019 Conference

TUESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2019

Sponsored dinner meetings:

  • Abbott: EOE Symposium (Speakers to include A/Prof Carina Venter, Prof Evan Dellon)
  • DBV: Update on Investigational Epicutaneous Immunotherapy (EPIT) in clinical trials (Speakers to include Prof Hugh Sampson, Prof Dianne Campbell, Maria Said)
  • Mylan: Allergy/respiratory diseases (Speakers to include Prof Peter Hellings)

WEDNESDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2019

ASCIA events:

  • ASCIA 2019 Conference Welcome Function
  • ASCIA Presidents Dinner (for ASCIA 2019 directors, organising committee and international speakers)
  • ASCIA 2019 Conference Trainee and Consultants Dinner, supported by CSL Behring 

Sponsored dinner meetings:

  • Abbott: Nurses Allergy Dinner meeting
  • Novartis: Targeted Immune Pathways in Asthma – an Immunology Update

THURSDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2019

ASCIA event:

  • ASCIA 2019 Gala Dinner

No sponsored dinner meetings should be held on the same night as the gala dinner.

We look forward to your participation in this conference, and to seeing you in Perth this September.

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New ASCIA article on Egg Allergy and Influenza Vaccination

5 July 2019

People with egg allergy may be safely vaccinated with the influenza (flu) vaccine. Vaccination is an important method to reduce the risk of developing infectious diseases, including the flu, which is a major cause of illness and deaths worldwide. With the flu season well underway, medical professionals are receiving many queries about flu vaccinations in people with egg allergy. To assist with these queries a new document is now available on the ASCIA website.

www.allergy.org.au/patients/food-allergy/egg-allergy-flu-vaccine

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New ASCIA article on Food Protein-Induced Allergic Proctocolitis (FPIAP)

5 July 2019

Food protein-induced allergic proctocolitis (FPIAP) is a type of delayed inflammatory non-IgE mediated gut food allergy. Symptoms usually start at one to four weeks of age and range from having blood and/or mucous in bowel movements, to blood stained loose stools or diarrhoea. Infants with FPIAP are usually otherwise healthy and growing well. FPIAP mostly occurs in breastfed infants, but can also occur once a cow’s milk or soy based formula is commenced. The main triggers are cow’s milk or soy. 

To provide more information about FPIAP, a new document is now available on the ASCIA website at

www.allergy.org.au/patients/food-other-adverse-reactions/proctocolitis-fpiap

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Nip Allergies in the Bub for food allergy prevention

3 July 2019

Last week the National Allergy Strategy launched the Nip Allergies in the Bub food allergy prevention project, which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

The Nip Allergies in the Bub website www.preventallergies.org.au and other resources have been piloted over the past year in Western Australia. Feedback about the resources has been collected and improvements made, before the national launch.  As well as online resources, face to face education of general practitioners, child maternal health nurses and pharmacists has been provided to inform and support health professionals, in preparation for the national launch. 

The Nip Allergies in the Bub project aims to implement the ASCIA guidelines for infant feeding and allergy prevention, which can be found here: www.allergy.org.au/hp/papers/infant-feeding-allergy-prevention

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Novalac Allergy infant formula supply update

14 June 2019

Bayer Australia Ltd (Bayer) is advising healthcare professionals and consumers that limited stock of Novalac Allergy rice protein based formula will be available and released to pharmacies in Australia during June, July and August. Intermittent supply and limited availability in pharmacies across Australia will continue until supply returns to normal levels.

Parents and carers with concerns about formula for their infant should speak to their healthcare professional about alternatives. All other Bayer Novalac products are not suitable for infants diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy. GPs, allergy specialists and paediatricians can contact the Bayer Medical Information Team on behalf of patients to discuss compassionate / critical medical cases on 1800 008 757 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

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Order of Australia award for Professor Constance (Connie) Katelaris AM

11 June 2019

It is with great pleasure that we confirm that an Order of Australia has been awarded to Professor Constance Katelaris AM, in recognition of her significant service to medicine in the field of immunology and allergy.

Professor Constance Katelaris AM has made substantial contributions to the fields of allergy and clinical immunology, the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and international allergy/immunology organisations. She has also authored and co-authored numerous publications on a wide variety of allergy and clinical immunology topics, is a regular invited speaker at national and international meetings and is acknowledged as an outstanding mentor to physicians training in allergy and clinical immunology.

Professor Katelaris has held several positions within ASCIA and international organisations, including:

  • Past President of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA);

  • Secretary-General of the World Allergy Congress 2000 held in Sydney:

  • Chair of the ASCIA 2011 Conference held in Sydney;

  • Past President of the Asian Pacific Association of Allergology, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (APAAACI);

  • Editor of the Asia Pacific Allergy Journal;

  • Executive positions on the World Allergy Organisation (WAO) Board.

As well as being Professor of Immunology and Allergy at Western Sydney University, and Head of Unit and Senior Staff Specialist at Campbelltown Hospital, Professor Katelaris is currently:

  • Chair of the ASCIA HAE and CSU working parties;
  • Deputy Chair of the ASCIA Drug Allergy committee;
  • ASCIA representative on the Australian Prescriber journal as Immunology and Allergy sub-editor;
  • Convenor of the Western Sydney University Graduate Certificate in Allergic Diseases;
  • Chief investigator for Auspollen, the Australian Pollen Allergen Partnership.

We are therefore delighted that Professor Connie Katelaris has received an Order of Australia Award, in recognition of her significant contributions to improving the care of patients with allergy and other immune diseases.

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