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Developments in the field of allergy in 2009 through the eyes of Clinical and Experimental Allergy


Prof. Andrew Wardlaw, Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, Institute for Lung Health, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester LE3 9QP, UK.


In 2009 the journal published in the region of 200 papers including reviews, editorials, opinion pieces and original papers that ran the full gamut of allergic disease. It is instructive to take stock of this output to determine patterns of interest and where the cutting edge lies. We have surveyed the field of allergic disease as seen through the pages of Clinical and Experimental Allergy (CEA) highlighting trends, emphasizing notable observations and placing discoveries in the context of other key papers published during the year. The review is divided into similar sections as the journal. In the field of Asthma and Rhinitis CEA has contributed significantly to the debate about asthma phenotypes and expressed opinions about the cause of intrinsic asthma. It has also added its halfpennyworth to the hunt for meaningful biomarkers. In Mechanisms the considerable interest in T cell subsets including Th17 and T regulatory cells continues apace and the discipline of Epidemiology continues to invoke a steady stream of papers on risk factors for asthma with investigators still trying to explain the post-second world war epidemic of allergic disease. Experimental Models continue to make important contributions to our understanding of pathogenesis of allergic disease and in the Clinical Allergy section various angles on immunotherapy are explored. New allergens continue to be described in the allergens section to make those allergen chips even more complicated. A rich and vibrant year helpfully summarized by some of our associate editors.

Cite this as: H. W. Chu, C. M. Lloyd, W. Karmaus, P. Maestrelli, P. Mason, G. Salcedo, J. Thaikoottathil and A. J. Wardlaw, Clinical & Experimental Allergy, 2010 (40) 1611–1631.

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