The history of pediatric allergy in Europe – From a working group to ESPACI and SP-EAACI

Authors

  • Sten Dreborg,

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    • Department of Pediatric Allergy, Women's and Children's Health, University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden
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  • Graham Roberts,

    1. Human Development and Health Academic Unit, University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine, Southampton, UK
    2. The David Hide Asthma and Allergy Research Centre, St Mary's Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight, UK
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  • Susanne Lau,

    1. Department of Pediatric Pneumology and Immunology, Charité Medical University, Berlin, Germany
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  • Alexandra F. Santos,

    1. Department of Pediatric Allergy, Division of Asthma, Allergy & Lung Biology, King's College London, MRC & Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma, London, UK
    2. Department of Immunoallergology, Coimbra University Hospital, Coimbra, Portugal
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  • Susanne Halken,

    1. Department of Pediatrics, Hans Christian Andersen Children's Hospital, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark
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  • Arne Høst

    1. Department of Pediatrics, Hans Christian Andersen Children's Hospital, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark
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Correspondence Sten Dreborg, MD, PhD, Professor Pediatric Allergology, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University, SE-751 85 Uppsala, Sweden.

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E-mail: sten.dreborg@kbh.uu.se

Abstract

A Working Group on Pediatric Allergology was formed in 1984, which rapidly developed to become the European Society on Pediatric Allergology and Clinical Immunology (ESPACI) in 1988 with its own journal, Pediatric Allergology and Immunology. ESPACI worked together with the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) to form a Section of Pediatrics within EAACI (SP-EAACI) in 1996. The ESPACI and the SP-EAACI formally merged in 2001. Within the EAACI organization, the Pediatric Section has continued to grow. The Pediatric Section is working to develop pediatric allergology across Europe, focusing on postgraduate education, facilitating the research agenda and advocating for children and adolescents with allergies.

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