EAACI/GA2LEN Allergy School

Organisers: EAACI Dermatology Section and Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow
"Everyone knows how eczema looks like, yet no one knows what eczema is."
Heinrich Adolf Gottron (1890-1974)
Diseases from the spectrum of dermatitis and eczema are among most frequent diseases plaguing the mankind. Still not enough is being done in order to study, understand, and combat these diseases. Too many doctors are treating eczema and dermatitis without trying to understand what they are dealing with. Various types of eczema may co-exist, overlap, be replaced with one another, and this too frequently without being noticed by patient and doctor. Too many cases of allergic contact dermatitis or seborrhoeic dermatitis are misdiagnosed as atopic eczema (especially in children), too many cases of irritant contact dermatitis are misdiagnosed as the allergic form and vice versa. Despite the similar look, the diversity of underlying mechanisms require diverse and complex approaches. The understanding of this complex field is even more difficult because researchers from different countries understand different things when they say "eczema" or "dermatitis", even if they all communicate in English. For example, some believe that these terms should be regarded as synonym, while others fiercely oppose this view. This school is aimed at young adepts of allergy devoted to, or just interested in this fascinating topic. Prominent researchers and excellent speakers from all over Europe will participate with the intention of sharing their expertise with, but also learning from the participants, in the hope that the lectures, workshops and free discussions will bring about a deeper understanding and better communication in this field, and fresh ideas will arise for clinical practice and research of this challenging, yet beautiful topic.
The aim of the Allergy School "Dermatitis & Eczema" is to educate and stimulate the scientific and social contacts between young physicians from all over Europe interested in diagnosis and treatment of allergic skin diseases, as well as in clinical and basic research in this field.
Upon completion of this course participants shall:
1. Better understand the terminology (dermatitis, eczema, neurodermitis, etc.) with pointing on differences and context of use in various countries,
2. Better understand the broad and multifaceted spectrum of non-infectious inflammatory dermatoses that fit into clinical spectrum of dermatitis and eczema, including allergic ones (atopic eczema, allergic contact dermatitis, photoallergic dermatitis) and their non-allergic differentials (irritant contact dermatitis, seborhoeic dermatitis, phototoxic dermatitis).
3. Have a deeper insight into mechanisms of skin inflammation in allergic and non-allergic diseases,
4. Be familiar with therapeutic approaches and preventive measures.
Scientific Programme
The course will include lectures which communicate basic and advanced knowledge (basic principles, epidemiology, clinical manifestations, indications for allergy testing, diagnostic methods, interpretation of results, novel diagnostic tests, prevention, therapy), workshops with interactive practical demonstration of skin tests and discussion of clinical cases. All sessions will be held in English.
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Target Audience:
Young physicians working in the field of allergy. In order to achieve an intimate and collegial atmosphere, to leave plenty of space for discussion and obtain optimum conditions for practical aspects, the number of participants will be limited to 60.
CME Accreditation
The event will be CME accredited.
The location
Krakow: Cracow, Krakau, Krakovja, Cracovia, Kroke, Krakova, Krakowo, Cracovie, Krakko, Krokuva, Krakov... Ever wondered, why this magic city has got so many names? Krakow will be an unforgettable discovery to you! The second largest city in Poland (population: approx 1 million), a former capital of Poland is home for a beautiful collection of treasures from Royal Polish, Austro-Hungarian, German, and European-Jewish history. The Jagiellonian University of Krakow (founded 1364) is the second Europe's oldest university still functioning. Many historical personalities studied at the University, from Nicolaus Copernicus to Wislawa Szymborska (Nobel Prize in Literature 1996). Nowadays, Krakow is still developing and gaining on importance as a centre of culture, education, technology and industry. With plenty of architectural monuments and many tourist attractions around, Krakow is among the top business and leisure destinations in Europe, attracting 8 to 10 million visitors each year. With so much culture and science concentrated in one place, Krakow is the perfect location for international meetings. August is the best time for visiting Krakow. This is the month with mild temperatures (average day/night: 13-24 C), the highest number of sunny days. There are no other dermatology or allergy meetings announced for this time.
Krakow (Cracow) is very well connected with Europe and the rest of the world - via air, road and railway. Please check detailed instructions about the arrival that will be posted 2 weeks before the School.
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Venue and Accommodation
The Allergy School will take place in Chopin hotel in Krakow. The Hotel is located in the centre of Krakow, opposite the Krakow Opera and close to shopping and financial centres. Only 900 m away from the Central Railway Station and one kilometer from the Old Town, the hotel is in walking distance from the city centre and easily accessible by public transport or by car. For more information please visit http://www.chopinhotel.com/en/location/.
Accommodation during the School is included in the registration fee. In order to arrange additional nights in the hotel, please contact directly the reception of Hotel Chopin:
31-547 Krakow, Poland
ul. Przy Rondzie 2
Tel.: +48 12 299 00 38
Fax: +48 12 299 00 01
Social activities
Krakow itself is a big attraction and you will cherish every moment spent in this beautiful place. Moreover, we plan the following attractions for the participants:
A round trip onboard of a vintage tram with drinks and live music. The route: Krakow Old Town, Royal Castle, Old Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz, and return to the Old Town, followed by a dinner in a traditional Polish restaurant. After that, participants may continue sightseeing or socialising in pubs and discos in the Old Town (the distance to the conference hotel: 15 min by foot, or 2 stops by tram).
A trip to the medieval Salt Mine of Wieliczka near Krakow (UNESCO class 0 monument). Walk through the underground passages and salt chambers with internal lakes, sculptures and artefacts of salt.
Registration fee
The registration will be open until 15 July 2011. We expect participants from all over Europe.
Please note that the registration will be closed before 15 July in case that the expected number of registrations (60) is reached.
EAACI Junior Member    EUR 250
EAACI Member        EUR 350             
Non Member        EUR 500
The registration fee includes accommodation in a shared double room (3 nights), social events and all meals (except dinner on Saturday, 20 August).
Click here to download the registration form.
Travel grants
A limited number of travel grants will be provided. Priority will be given to participants from low income countries and EAACI Junior members. If you wish to apply for a travel grant you need to present an abstract.
Click here to download the travel grant application form.
Abstract Submission
Submission of abstracts is not obligatory but encouraged. Only abstractsfrom the field of dermatitis and eczema research will be considered. Both scientific work and case presentations are welcome.
For abstract submission guidelines and abstract submission click here.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Krakow.
For more information on logistic aspects please contact:
Sladjana Scepan                
Genferstrasse 21, 8002 Zurich
Tel: + 41 44 205 55 33
Fax: + 41 44 205 55 39
E-Mail: allergyschools@eaaci.net 
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