EAACI Congress: Exclusive interview with Executive Committee President Antonella Muraro
EAACI President Antonella Muraro in an exclusive interview about this and next year’s hot topics of the European Allergic Congress.
Thank you for your patience to give us an
interview, could you give us a brief overview over the figures of the attendees
this year, how many people from how many nations will be here?
Antonella Muraro: We are able to welcome
8.000 delegates from 44 countries this year
What is new, what are the main topics this
Antonella Muraro: The main goal is to
present the resent findings on the several manifestations of allergic diseases:
food allergic, allergic rhinitis, asthma and clinical immunology, but also to
keep a stronger community between allergologists and patient organizations, in
order to facilitate interactions between the scientific word and the social
How important is this networking for those
Antonella Muraro: It is very important, as we
can translate our knowledge in a way which makes it accessible to patients in
the daily practice of our clinical allergist.
But there aren’t any patients here at this
Antonella Muraro: No, we have a patient organization
committee and we have patient representatives here. We have 29 patient organizations
represented in our patient committee.
So you are celebrating 60 years anniversary
of your organization?
Antonella Muraro: Yes, our organization has
been established in 1956 in Florence (ITA), with congresses we started 3 years
later, we were a small group back then. Now we count about 10.000 members.
The congress was now the second time in Vienna
and will take place in Helsinki next year. What will be the big topics there?
Antonella Muraro: The big topic will be “Roadmap
to prevention and healthy living” as the concept is a shift from treating the
disease to caring for the patient in an holistic approach. Caring for the
patient, when he/she has a disease, clinical manifestations, but also in his daily
life in school, in the community. The goal is facilitating and improving his
quality of daily life.
Nowadays here in Austria we have the
feeling that doctors are only responsible for the clinical diagnosis, but for
your daily life you have to go to a patient organization. So this will be next year’s
Antonella Muraro: This is already a topic this
year. We give this concept a try trough the patient organization committee, which we established three
years ago. We believe that
this type of alliance with the patient will result in a better patient management and more successful clinical doctors. Next year the moto is
to promote good health style.
Where are the research hotspots
of allergic diseases worldwide?
Muraro: Mainly in Europe, they
are based in several centers across European countries, each country has a
center for excellence for research. The top five countries are Austria, Germany,
Switzerland, United Kingdom and France. It depends on the topic, e.g. for upper
airway diseases you have to go to Germany or Belgium. For food allergy for example
to Spain, Italy or Germany. For clinical allergy, or for a basic research in
food allergy I would recommend Austria and again Germany, for Asthma United
Kingdom, Germany and France.
Mrs. Antonella Muraro, thanks a lot for
your time and this interview.