International Relations: Georgia
The College was well represented at the VIII Georgian National Congress of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology June 25-27 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Sami Bahna, MD, DrPH, FACAAI, participated in the Opening Ceremony and provided an overview of ACAAI, its objectives and goals. He spoke on the value of joining the College, invited qualified allergists/immunologists to apply for International Affiliate Membership and encouraged attendance of the ACAAI Annual Scientific Meeting. Dr. Bahna also presented two lectures: “The allergist as a detective” and “Severe food allergies without eating.”
The Congress president, Professor Revaz Sepiashvili, MD, PhD, an ACAAI International Distinguished Fellow award recipient, repeatedly expressed appreciation of the College’s role in the program. Professor Tinatin Chikovani, Dean of Tbilisi State Medical University served as co-chair. Local and national speakers were joined by presenters from Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine and the U.S. The meeting was attended by more than 400 physicians, most of them young physicians.
Following the program, many attendees visited the city of Tskhaltubo to participate in the 25th Anniversary of the Institute of Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences.
For more information on College international relations, read “It’s a small, small world” by ACAAI President James Sublett, MD, FACAAI.