The path to the future is clear at the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting

April 1, 2017

Our allergy and immunology community is grounded in a rich history – and together, we can build on what we know to create a strong future. With precision medicine helping you to take the best science available and put it into practice every day, the future of allergy looks bright. And this year, the College has created an Annual Scientific Meeting that is all about that bright future.

Join us Oct. 26-30 in Boston! Registration opens in late July. We’re bringing you cutting-edge research from around the globe, and access to the newest treatments and technologies. The program is perfect for the stage you are at in your journey – whether you are a veteran allergist or a Fellow-in-Training. From our Thursday program on food allergy and atopic dermatitis to in-depth practice management sessions, the College is covering all the topics you want. Come see speakers who will inspire you and while you’re there, connect with colleagues at fun networking events.

“This year’s meeting is all about keeping up with what’s new in our field and applying evidenced-based medicine to our daily practices,” said Bradley Chipps, MD, FACAAI, program chair and president-elect. The track structure from the 2016 meeting is back, and the sub-committees have reviewed submissions from you – the College members – and made their recommendations to the Program Committee. This way, the meeting is created by, and for, College members, on the topics that matter most to you. “The committee is working hard to build a program tailored to your needs,” said Dr. Chipps. “The process is very collegial.”

Arrive ahead of schedule

This year’s Thursday program on Oct. 26 will focus on two hot topics – food allergy and atopic dermatitis. The Thursday morning session is just on atopic dermatitis, covering infectious complications, the role of contact allergy, pathophysiology, epidemiology, and the newest treatments. If you’ve been wondering about the new guidelines that have been issued involving food allergy, make sure you attend the Thursday afternoon session. Mechanisms, prevention, epidemiology and more will be discussed. One ticket to the Thursday program lets you attend both – you can get all the info you need on the many changes in recommendations for these diseases.

Celebrate our history

The College turns 75 this year – you didn’t think we’d let this occasion pass without some celebration, did you? At the opening plenary on Saturday, Oct. 28, we’re going to be remembering our past, exploring the present and looking forward to the future. It’s a great place to be if you’re looking to find what the College can do for you or how to get more involved. We’ll be talking about how the College is uniquely positioned to serve, grow and lead the specialty. “It’s a great time to get together with colleagues,” said Todd Mahr, MD, FACAAI, vice president. “Come celebrate our 75th anniversary with us.”

All about asthma

Ever since the College added “asthma” to our name in 1994, we’ve been striving to educate the public that allergists are the experts in asthma treatment. At this year’s Annual Meeting, we’re going to give you more skills for your toolbox than ever before. What can you do about difficult-to-treat asthma? How do you “step up” when patients fail one of the steps? What are the latest treatments? We’ll cover it all. Plus, stay until Monday, Oct. 30 to catch a special session debating the use of biologics in asthma (And so many other fantastic sessions are waiting for you on Monday.). We already know you’re the best and your intervention helps outcomes – these sessions are ggooiing to give you an extra edge.

A variety of special sessions

We have a lot of sessions this year on specific diseases that you encounter in practice. On Oct. 27, join us for a symposium on chronic rhinosinusitis. We’re covering host microbial interactions, inflammatory endotypes and treatment paradigms for patients. On Oct. 30, come to a plenary on mastocytosis and mast cell activation syndrome – we want to demystify these conditions and offer you ways to develop a treatment plan. Plus, you can get an update on techniques for immunotherapy – the cornerstone of your practice. “You’ll get the up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines for diagnosis and therapy for these diseases,” said Dr. Chipps. “It’s all in an evidence-based format – once you have a diagnosis you can then develop a treatment plan that is directed toward precision medicine.”

Come to this year’s Annual Meeting ready to learn and ready for surprises.

We’re focusing in on taking your practice into the future, so you’ll want to get on board. From biologics and precision medicine to navigating new regulations, the College is here to support you. And together, we can foster a strong community to help the specialty thrive.