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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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TIPSHEET
2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

WHAT:
The 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) brings together leading allergists and immunologists from around the world.

WHEN:
March 2-6, 2012

WHERE:
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.

WHO:
Scientists supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are among those presenting their latest research findings at the AAAAI Annual Meeting. For more than 60 years, NIAID has supported allergy and immunology research at U.S. and international institutions and conducted studies within its own laboratories to improve the health of millions of people.

Press Conference: Standardizing Research with the Asthma Outcomes Report
Asthma is a chronic disorder of the airways affecting more than 25 million people in the United States. NIH supports clinical research to understand what causes asthma and to develop new ways to treat and prevent the disease. These studies have provided valuable insights into the diagnosis and management of asthma, including severe asthma in children and adolescents. However, asthma studies have lacked common outcomes that use standardized definitions and data collection methods to enable better comparisons across studies. To address this need, NIAID and the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute organized the Asthma Outcomes Workshop in March 2010. The workshop also was supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, other NIH Institutes and the Merck Childhood Asthma Network. This press conference will provide an overview of the workshop report that appears in the March issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

When:   Saturday, March 3, 2012, 2:00–3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Where:  Convention Center, S210C, Level II

Presentation Highlights
The following are selected presentations, workshops and symposia describing NIAID-funded research.

Allergy and Asthma

Oral Abstract Session: Food Allergy
When:  Saturday, March 3, 2012, 2:00–3:15 p.m. Eastern Time
Where:  Convention Center, S230CD, Level II

Interest Section Forum: Mechanisms of Asthma and Allergic Inflammation
When:  Sunday, March 4, 2012, 3:30–5:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Where: Convention Center, S330AB, Level III

Plenary: Anaphylaxis in the New Millennium
When:  Monday, March 5, 2012, 8:15–9:45 a.m. Eastern Time
Where:  Convention Center, South Hall A1, Level I

Symposium: Mast Cell Activation Syndromes
When:  Monday, March 5, 2012, 10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Where:  Convention Center, S330CD, Level III

Oral Abstract Session: Genetic and Other Mechanisms of Atopic and Skin Diseases
When:  Monday, March 5, 2012, 2:00–3:15 p.m. Eastern Time
Where:  Convention Center, S330AB, Level III

Late Breaking Oral Abstract Session: Association of Gene Variant in IL12B Gene with Atopic Dermatitis Complicated by Eczema Herpeticum (ADEH)
When:  Monday, March 5, 2012, 2:15–2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Where:  Convention Center, S329, Level III

Late Breaking Oral Abstract Session: IL-25 Down-regulates Epidermal Barrier Proteins and Enhances Viral Replication
When:  Monday, March 5, 2012, 2:30–2:45 p.m. Eastern Time
Where:  Convention Center, S329, Level III

Symposium: Lessons from the Inner City Environment on the Immunologic Basis and Treatment of Allergy and Asthma
When:  Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Where:  Convention Center, S320AB, Level III

Workshop Q & A: Experimental Models of Allergic Rhinitis: What is Their Clinical Relevance?
When:  Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 3:30–4:45 p.m. Eastern Time
Where:  Convention Center, S330EF, Level III

Workshop Q & A: Anaphylaxis and Mastocytosis: The Spectrum of Clonal and Non-Clonal Systemic Mast Cell Activation
When:  Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 3:30–4:45 p.m. Eastern Time
Where:  Convention Center, S320AB, Level III

Immunology

Workshop Q & A: New Immunological Insights from the Study of Primary Immunodeficiency Disease
When:  Saturday, March 3, 2012, 4:45–6:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Where: Convention Center, S320GH, Level III

Interest Section Forum: Basic and Clinical Immunology
When:  Sunday, March 4, 2012, 3:30–5:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Where:  Convention Center, S320AB, Level III

Symposium: Macrophages: More than an Alternative in Airway Diseases
When:  Monday, March 5, 2012, 10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Where:  Convention Center, S230GH, Level II

Symposium: What You Need to Know About STATs
When:  Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Where:  Convention Center, S330AB, Level III

Information for members of the media about the AAAAI Annual Meeting may be found at http://annualmeeting.aaaai.org/press. More information on sessions and presenters may be found at http://annualmeeting.aaaai.org/.

CONTACT:
For more information on NIAID-supported research presented at the AAAAI Annual Meeting, contact the NIAID Office of Communications at (301) 402-1663 or niaidnews@niaid.nih.gov.


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Last Updated March 07, 2012

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