Cezmi Akdis: Editor in Chief
Prof. Dr. Cezmi Akdis, MD is the Director of the Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF), Davos, Professor in Zurich University Medical Faculty, and one of the directors of the Christine Kühne-Center for Allergy Research and Education, Davos, Switzerland. He was the President of the European Academy of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (11’000 members) between 2011-2013. Executive Committee Member between 2003-2015 and Vice President between 2007-2011. Prof. Akdis’ research has been focused on immune tolerance mechanisms in humans, developing novel vaccines and treatment modalities, and regulation and role of tissue cells and epithelial barrier in asthma and allergies. He has strongly contributed to the initiation of disease endotypes and precision medicine concepts in allergies and asthma. He has been continuously performing vaccine, human immunology, lung and skin research to find solutions for allergies and asthma. Prof. Akdis has published more than 450 articles and 50 books and book chapters. H-index: 81, total number of citations more than 22’500 (Web of Science), (h-index: 101 and 38’700, Google Scholar). He is selected to ISI Web of Science, Thomson Reuters (Clarivate) Highly Cited Researcher, Most Innovative Minds List during the last three years. He is the editor of three Global Atlases. Allergy (written by an international group of 183 opinion leaders, and includes 274 illustrations and 100 tables), Asthma (written by an international group of 80 opinion leaders, and includes 147 illustrations and 46 tables) and Allergic Rhinitis and Chronic Rhinosinusitis (written by an international group of 218 opinion leaders, and includes 269 illustrations and 92 tables). These atlases have been downloaded more than 70’000 copies and 25’000 copies distributed in print. They are translated to Chinese and Spanish. He served in the JACI as Editorial Board member (2003), Associate Editor (2007-2015), Co-Editor-in-Chief 2015-2018. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Allergy. Prof. Akdis is the founder and organizer of World Immune Regulation Meetings, Davos I-XII (600-1000 participants). One of the founders and Past Chairs of International Coalition in Allergy and Asthma (iCAALL), a presidents’ network between 4 main organizations in the area of allergy and clinical immunology, European Academy, American Academy, American College and World Allergy Organization, and one of the founders and executive committee member of Global Allergy and Asthma European Network (GA2LEN). He was honoured with several international honors and awards, such as Ferdinand Wortman Prize, 1996; Hoechst Marion Roussel Award, 1998; Professor Hans Storck Award, 1998; Dr.-Karl Heyer-Preis, 1998; Sedat Simavi Medicine Award, 1998; Allergopharma Award, 2001; European Allergy Research “Gold Medal”, 2004; TUBITAK Exclusive Award, 2007; BUSIAD Award 2012; World Allergy Organization Award, 2013; AAAAI, Elliott Middleton Memorial Lecture, 2014; World Immunology Day Lectures, 2014 and 2017 and EAACI Paul Ehrlich Award 2016; Honors given by the Ozbekistan Academy of Sciences, 2015 and Capital University of Beijing, 2015, Swiss Society of Allergy Immunology, 2017. He is an honorary Professor in Capital Medical University, National Tongren Hospital, Beijing Institute of Otolaryngologology, China. Prof. Akdis is a Senate Member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences and an honorary member of the Swiss Society of Allergy Immunology (SGAI-SSAI).
Maria Torres: Deputy Editor
Professor, MD, Ph.D.
Maria Torres is the Deputy Editor, an allergy expert, and medical doctor. She is currently the head of the Allergy Department of Malaga Regional University Hospital where she also teaches and supervises resident allergists. She is also an Associated Professor at the medicine department in the University of Malaga, where she has directed 12 doctoral theses. She has high level experiences in investigation, focusing on drug allergy, and is a member of a number of committees on drug allergy in the Spanish Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (SEAIC) and the Executive Committee of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI). She is the principal investigator for 15 national projects, obtained in competitive calls from public and private funding bodies and collaborates in over 25 national and European projects. She is a co-author in over 180 publications in international journals and has submitted more than 200 communications and presented work at over 40 conferences. She has received 6 prizes for investigation and has worked as a reviewer for the highest impact journals in the field of allergy. She also works as an evaluator for ANEP projects and is the coordinator for the panel of evaulators for research projects for the Andalucian government in the area of respiratory illness and immunology. She is the coordinator of the Spanish National Network on Asthma and Allergy.
Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann: Associate Editor
Professor, MD, Ph.D.
Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann is a Professor of Environmental Medicine at the Medical Faculty, Technical University of Munich. Her science mainly aims at molecular mechanisms of human-environment interaction and in particular at allergic diseases. She also holds a position as the Director of the Institute of Environmental Medicine, Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health. Here, Traidl-Hoffmann´s research focus lies on the consequences of climate change and effect with regards to plant pathologies, but also on immunological mechanisms of rare diseases. Professor Traidl-Hoffmann is board certified for Dermatology, Veneorology, and Allergology. She has been appointed Head Physician at the Outpatient Clinic for Environmental Medicine, Klinikum Augsburg. Thus, a translational platform exists where she specifically investigates chronic inflammatory skin diseases and in general non-communicable diseases or atopies. Her research is funded by both public domain and third parties. Major support comes from Christine Kühne – Center for Allergy Research and Education, Davos (CK-CARE), where Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann belongs to the Board of Directors. The various research and clinical institutions under her directorship collaborate on an interdisciplinary basis in order to provide for the best possible diagnosis, therapy, and prevention methods. To achieve this, Professor Traidl-Hoffmann manages five major research fields: microbiology, immunology, aerobiology, bioinformatics, and clinical studies.
De Yun Wang: Associate Editor
Professor, MD, Ph.D.
Prof. Prof. Wang De Yun is currently Professor/Director of Research of the Department of Otolaryngology at the National University of Singapore. He trained and practiced as an ENT surgeon in China until his appointment as a research associate at the ENT department of the Free University of Brussels (AZ–VUB, Belgium) in 1989. He obtained his Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (Free University Brussels, VUB) in 1995 and was appointed Director of Rhinology and Clinical Immunology Research at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Ghent, Belgium in 1996, where he stayed until 1997. He joined the Department of Otolaryngology, National University of Singapore in 1997. Prof Wang has published over 250 papers in peer-reviewed journals and over 30 book chapters. He is a member of expert committees for several international and European guidelines and consensus report in allergic rhinitis and rhinosinusitis, for instance, European White Paper in Allergy, WHO Initiative – Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma (ARIA 2001 and 2008), European Position Paper on Rhinosinusitis and Nasal Polyps (EPOS 2007 and 2012), International Consensus Statement on Allergy and Rhinology: Rhinosinusitis (2016), and the International Consensus Statement on Allergy and Rhinology: Allergic Rhinitis (2018).
Heimo Breiteneder: Associate Editor
Kari Nadeau: Associate Editor
Professor, MD, Ph.D.
Allergy Associate Editor Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is the Naddisy Foundation Endowed Professor of Pediatric Food Allergy, Immunology, and Asthma at Stanford University. She is the director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research and the FARE Center of Excellence at Stanford University. For more than 30 years, she has devoted herself to understanding how environmental and genetic factors affect the risk of developing allergies and asthma, and the molecular mechanisms underlying the diseases. Her diverse team of specialists—in areas from immunology to chemical engineering—was the first to show that high dimensional immunophenotyping of T cells involved in allergy could be used in therapies for patients. Her team also showed that blocking antibodies in conjunction with allergen immunotherapy produced desensitization even in patients with up to five food allergens. She has overseen more than 40 clinical trials and enrolled more than 2,000 patients in allergy studies. Her work has changed the lives of many who, for the first time in their lives, are able to control life‐threatening food allergies. Dr. Nadeau received her MD and PhD from Harvard Medical School. She completed a residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and a clinical fellowship in asthma and immunology at Stanford and at University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Nadeau has served as a reviewer for National Institutes of Health (NIH) Study Sections and is a member of the medical board of the American Lung Association in California. She serves on the environmental health policy committee for the American Thoracic Society, is a fellow in the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). Her work has been recognized with numerous grants and awards, and her research is part of a prestigious Clinical and Translational Science Award from the NIH. Through FARE, CoFAR, the United Nations and other partnerships, she collaborates with colleagues from institutions around the globe.
Liam O'Mahony: Associate Editor
Professor, Ph.D., PD
Prof. Liam O’Mahony is a Professor of Immunology at the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology, APC Microbiome Ireland, National University of Ireland, Cork, Ireland. His research interests are focused on the molecular basis for microbe and metabolite modulation of mucosal inflammatory responses. In particular, Dr. O'Mahony is researching the role of the microbiome and diet in allergy, asthma and obesity. He is a member of the EAACI executive committee.
Luo Zhang: Associate Editor
Professor, MD, Ph.D.
Luo Zhang is a Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Beijing TongRen Hospital and Beijing Institute of Otolaryngology (Beijing, China). He is Director of the Beijing Institute of Otolaryngology (BIO) and the Executive President of the Beijing TongRen Hospital. Meanwhile, he is President of the Chinese Allergy Society (CAS). He is also a director member of World Allergy Organization, a member of Collegium Internationale Allergologicum, and a member of Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum (CORLAS). His work has focused on the pathophysiology of chronic rhinosinusitis, the regulation of airway ciliary activity, mechanisms of specific-allergen immunotherapy of allergic rhinitis, and surgical techniques of endoscopic sinus surgery. His research has resulted in more than 140 peer-reviewed publications and several prizes in China, including the National Outstanding Scientist Prize (2010, nominated prize of top 10), the Eleventh China Youth Science and Technology Prize (2009), and National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars.
Oliver Pfaar: Associate Editor
Professor, MD, Ph.D.
Oliver Pfaar is an Associate Editor and Associate Professor in the Dept. of Otorhinolaryngology, HNS at the Medical Faculty Mannheim, University Heidelberg, Germany. He also holds the post of the scientific medical head at the Center for Rhinology and Allergology, Wiesbaden, Germany. As board certified ORL-specialist and allergist, Dr. Pfaar’s research and clinical interest is primarily on airway diseases such as allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, non-allergic rhinitis, rhinosinusitis and bronchial asthma. A major focus of his research is on allergen immunotherapy (AIT) in IgE-mediated allergic diseases with more than 200 publications in this field. Dr. Pfaar is member of the Executive Committee of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and of the (ext.) Board of Directors of the German Society for Allergology and Clinical Immunology (DGAKI). He has coordinated and has been involved in multiple national and international guidelines in the field of allergy.
Robyn E. O'Hehir: Associate Editor
AO, Professor, FAHMS, FRACP, Ph.D., FRCP, FRCPath
Robyn E. O’Hehir is an Associate Editor and an academic clinician-scientist with a focus on innovative translational research. She is Professor/Director of Allergy, Clinical Immunology and Respiratory Medicine (Research) at Central Clinical School, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. She has a long-standing clinical and research interest in immunomodulation and has published on subcutaneous and sublingual allergen immunotherapy and, more recently, on novel T-cell epitope-based peptide immunotherapy. She has served as State President of the Australasian Society for Clinical Immunology and Allergy, as well as a non-executive Director on the Board of Cabrini Health, and as a member of the Menzies Foundation Council. Furthermore, she is an Officer of the Order of Australia, a Fellow of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science, and a Life Governor of Asthma Victoria. Professor O’Hehir has a sustained record of success in competitive grant funding and has published more than 270 peer-reviewed publications.
Thomas Eiwegger: Associate Editor
Professor, MD, Ph.D., PD
Thomas Eiwegger earned his doctoral degree at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, where he also completed his paediatric training. He did his post Doc at the Swiss Institute of Asthma and Allergy in Cezmi Akdis’ group (2008-2010) and after returning to the Medical University of Vienna he completed his training in Pediatrics, paediatric allergy and pediatric respiratory medicine. He habilitated in 2012 in Paediatrics. Thereafter he completed the fast track tenure at the Medical University of Vienna and worked as principal investigator, group leader and staff physician at the level of an associate Professor at the Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent medicine. In summer 2015 he moved to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto where he holds a staff position at the Division of Allergy and Immunology and Scientist position at the Research Institute and is a faculty member (Assoc. Prof) at the Department of Paediatrics and the Department of Immunology at University of Toronto. His research focuses on mechanisms of IgE-mediated allergy. In particular he is interested in mechanisms of tolerance development to food allergens, markers thereof and the development of new treatment approaches for food allergy. Moreover, he shows strong interest in the use of biologics in the context of atopic disease and is acting secretary of the biologics working group within the EAACI.
Wytske J. Fokkens: Associate Editor
Wytske J. Fokkens is a Professor at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. Her main focuses are sinus/skullbase surgery and mucosal pathology of the upper and lower airways. She is the secretary general of the European Rhinologic Society. She is the Chairman of the European Position Paper on Rhinosinusitis and Nasal Polyps (EPOS). Dr. Fokkens is a member of the executive committee of ARIA and the author of more than 350 papers on rhinology and allergy that have been published in peer-reviewed journals. She is the author of the textbook Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery, From the Lab to the Operating Room – An Evidence Based Approach, (Thieme). Recently she received the EAACI Paul Ehrlich award for improving experimental research. She is an honorary member of EAACI, the Spanish and Roumanian Rhinologic Society.
Zuzana Diamant: Associate Editor
Professor, MD, Ph.D.
Ioana Agache, Mübeccel Akdis, Evangelos Andreakos, Lorenzo Cecchi, Adam Chaker, Yoon-Seok Chang, Gennaro D'Amato, Stefanie Eyerich, Peter Hellings, Domingo Barber Hernandez, Mark Hew, Martin Himly, Karin Hoffmann-Sommergruber, Alan Irvine, Uta Jappe, Tuomas Jartti, Marek Jutel, Ludger Klimek, Edward Knol, Gerard Koppelman, Susanne Lau, Marcus Maurer, Gunnar Nilsson, Natalija Novak, Kimihiro Okubo, Oscar Palomares, Hai Qi, Claudio Rhyner, Peter Schmid-Grendelmeier, Carsten Schmidt-Weber, Jürgen Schwarze, Bulent Sekerel, Dagmar Simon, Mohamed Shamji, Helen Smith, Milena Sokolowska, Gunter Sturm, Kazunari Sugita, Peter Valentin Tomazic, Bernard Thong, Sanna Toppila-Salmi, Thomas Werfel, Willem van de Veen, Cornelis van Drunen, Marianne van Hage, Menno van Zelm, Susanne Vijverberg, Andreas Wollenberg, Stephan von Gunten, Önder Yildirim, Liu Zheng
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