As you may have noticed, registration has begun for the College’s upcoming Annual Scientific Meeting at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center on Oct. 26-30. Located in Boston’s Back Bay, the venue is the perfect size and location for the College meeting. We are especially excited this year because we will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the College while embracing the theme of “Precision Medicine in Allergy Practice”.
Come to Boston to Learn!
Led by Brad Chipps, MD, FACAAI, the Annual Program Committee has worked tirelessly with the help of key staff at the College office to create a fantastic educational program. This year’s Thursday Program promises to kick off our precision medicine theme with practical, evidence based, and cutting-edge information you can immediately apply to individual patient care decisions. This will include a half day morning session highlighting the new Atopic Dermatitis Yardstick, followed in the afternoon by “New Horizons in Food Allergy”. Friday will feature the all-day literature review course, along with symposia focusing on rhinosinusitis, hereditary angioedema, mastocytosis, childhood asthma, and atopic dermatitis.
The Opening Ceremony on Saturday morning will be followed by a special plenary session entitled “The College: Celebrating 75 Years of Excellence”. In this session, we will hear about the history of the College from Bob Lanier, MD, FACAAI, the role of the College in today’s health care environment from Gailen Marshall, MD, FACAAI, and we are particularly pleased to feature Susan Rudd Bailey, MD, FACAAI speaking on “The College and the Future of Health Care”. A past Bela Schick plenary speaker for the College, Dr. Bailey is a prominent voice in the politics of health care in the U.S., including in her current role as Speaker of the AMA House of Delegates.
The core of the meeting will occur on Saturday through Monday, and adheres to the precision medicine theme throughout. For example, there will be a session entitled “Demystifying Early Introduction of Food to Prevent Food Allergy”. In this session, the speakers will go beyond the data to describe practical ways of implementing these concepts in everyday practice. Other plenary sessions will focus on chronic cough, sleep-disordered breathing, regulatory changes that affect allergists, biologic therapy for severe or difficult to control asthma, and non-infectious complications of primary immune deficiency.
In addition to plenary sessions, we are of course planning a full range of symposia, pro/con debates, workshops, and meet the professor breakfasts for attendees. This is the second year that meeting content was obtained primarily from electronic submissions from College members, so on behalf of the Annual Program Committee, I thank all of you for helping!
Come to Boston for fun too!
Plan to attend the FIT Bowl followed by the President’s Welcome Reception on Saturday, and the College Foundation Fundraiser on Sunday evening. This year’s Fundraiser entertainment features singer Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., winner of the 2011 America’s Got Talent competition. Known as “the young man with dreadlocks who sings like Sinatra”, Mr. Murphy embodies a rags-to-riches story whose performances have brought many to tears.
If you need an escape from meeting activities, Boston’s Back Bay has ample shopping and sightseeing opportunities, plus literally hundreds of restaurants within walking distance of the convention center.
Please join us for what promises to be an amazing experience this October!