Report: International Conference "Topical Issues and Practical Aspects of Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergy: Standards of Medical Care”

The scientific and practical international conference “Latest Issues and Practical Aspects of Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergology: Standards of Medical Care” was held in Kyiv, Ukraine, on April 6-7, 2017. The Conference was organized by the State Institution “Institute of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine”, National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, Ministry of Health Care of Ukraine, Ukrainian Association of pediatricians with the support of NGO “Movement for the Nation’s Health”.

Among the main topics of the Conferences were the latest issues of providing medical care for children with acute and chronical respiratory diseases, diagnostics and therapy of pediatric allergy, drug allergy, molecular diagnostics and specific immune therapy of allergy, allergic children’s diet . The Conference was consisted of four plenary meetings, two international symposia, research and applied seminar “Drug Allergy: Multidisciplinary Approach” as well as the Symposium for young scientists with poster and oral sessions and lasted two working days.

More than 400 visitors participated in the Conference. Among them – leading researchers, pediatric pulmonologists and allergists, and family doctors with wide specialization. Moreover, Conference organizers invited well-known scientists from Austria, Lithuania, Spain and United Kingdom to make speeches on the Conference:

1. Prof. Victoria Garib, Division of Pathophysiology and Allergology, Department of Immune Pathology, Medical University of Vienna, Austria, founder of the International Network of the Universities of Molecular Allergology and Immunology (INUNIMAI) made a speech “Molecular March of Allergy” in frames of the International scientific symposium “Applied Aspects of Pediatric Allergology”. In her speech, Prof. Garib told about the advances in molecular allergology. This novel yet extremely important branch of allergy research provides the new view to the mechanisms of allergy development with the reveal of molecular interactions between pollen and food allergy. It contributes to the identification of the risk groups of patients with the tendency of the development of severe systemic disorders and to the rational choice of vaccines for immune therapy and follow-up. The latest studies show with high confidence that sensitization profiling in early childhood can predict clinical forms of allergy in teens. 

2. Havier Alkover, PhD, Director of the innovation group of the research laboratory “Diater” (Spain) made a speech “The central role of C. albicans aeroallergens and S. aureus superantigens in sublingual immunotherapy.”

3. Prof. Odilija Rudzeviciene, Head of the center of pediatric pulmonology and allergology, University Hospital, Vilnius, Lithuania, The Department of Medicine, Vilnius Medical University, made a speech “Applied aspects of pediatric food allergy diagnosis and prophylaxis” in frames of the International symposium “The Novel Standards of medical care for children with food allergy”. 

4. Prof. Alla Nakonechna, Leading Consultant, allergist and immunologist of the Clinic of allergy and immunology, Royal Hospital of the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, gave a speech “Anaphylaxis: Renewal of Novel Standards of Diagnostics and Therapy”. 

It is worth noting that all speeches on the Conference were made on the highest scientific level, and recommendations given by speakers were based on the positions of evidence medicine. 

All Conference visitors actively participated in discussions and colleagues from abroad shared their clinical and research experience. 

In addition to the main program of the Conference, the meeting of main freelance pediatric allergists and pulmonologists from the regions of Ukraine was held. Among the topics discussed during the meeting were the results of 2016 activity of respective Ukrainian services in pediatric allergy and pulmonology, problems in organization of medical care for children with respiratory and allergy pathologies, renewal of actual clinical recommendations for follow-up of children with bronchial asthma.

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