History of the World Allergy Organization: The Miyamoto Years of 1991-1994, ICACI XIV in Kyoto, 1991
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Published: 15 June 2011
History of the World Allergy Organization: In 1951, the leaders in allergy from all over the world came together to form the International Association of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (IAACI). For the next 60 years, the allergy world converged at the IAACI triennial meetings, which became biennial in 2003. The international meetings, originally named the International Congress of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (ICACI), are now the World Allergy Congress (WAC) hosted by the World Allergy Organization (WAO). Everyone who has aspired to have worldwide recognition has played a part in IAACI-WAO. The History of the World Allergy Organization traces the global arc of the allergy field over the past 60 years.
The current officers of WAO elected to focus on this rich history, inviting prominent leaders who are interested in being part of this history project to write about their time with IAACI-WAO. This series will be presented in Cancún, México as part of the XXII World Allergy Congress (December 4-8, 2011). Leading up to the Congress in Cancún, the World Allergy Organization Journal is presenting segments of the History as part of the "Notes of Allergy Watchers Series," starting with this issue. Please enjoy.
--Michael A. Kaliner, MD
Historian, and Past-President (2006-2007)
World Allergy Organization
At the House of Delegates Meeting of the 12th International Association of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (ICACI) (October 20-25, 1985) in Washington, DC, 5 countries (namely, Australia, Mexico, Sweden, Spain, and Japan) raised their hands to bid to be the host country for ICACI in 1991. Through a vote of the members of the House of Delegates representing the member societies of World Allergy Organization (WAO), Japan was selected to be the host country of ICACI in 1991. From that point forward, members of the Japanese Society of Allergology (JSA) devoted their time preparing to host a successful ICACI XIV (Kyoto 1991).
Members of the Scientific Committee of ICACI XIV were asked to propose titles of symposia and potential candidates as speakers. On July 12, 1990, the Program Committee (namely Prof. T. Tada, Chairman of the Japanese Scientific Committee), myself (from JSA), and invitees (Prof. J Charpin, Prof. A. de Weck, Prof. SGO Johansson, and R. Iber) held a meeting in Munich. At ICACI 1991, we had a total of 1146 abstracts from various countries. The Scientific Committee finalized the titles of the symposia, symposium speakers, and the chairpersons, and the second letters and the invitation letters were sent to the speakers and chairs for their possible acceptance. On April 13 and 14, 1991, the Program Committee held a meeting at Hotel New Otani in Tokyo. Prof. Oehling, Prof. A Kaplan, Prof. R. Goldstein, R. Iber, and the Japanese Scientific Committee members attended the meeting, and the Scientific program for ICACI 1991 was finalized. Young investigators were selected as grant awardees. Because Prof. Charpin resigned from the presidency of IAACI resulting from his physical problems, Prof. A Oehling took over his position to become the new President. The Program was finalized by then, and 5000 copies of the final announcements were mailed out at the end of August 1991. In the meantime, the various local committees met several times to make the Congress quite successful and enjoyable.
The Scientific Program comprised of 6 Plenary Lectures, 15 concurrent Symposia, 1 Evening symposium, 46 Meet the Professor sessions, 581 oral presentations, and 583 poster presentations. Forty-five pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies participated in the exhibition to make the Congress more attractive.
During my Presidency, the notable initiative that I and my colleagues at IAACI undertook was the publication of the Membership Directory of IAACI. This project was originally planned by Prof. Charpin, Past President of IAACI. With the collaboration of members of the Executive Committee of IAACI and the help of the member societies, the Membership Directory was published by Hogrefe and Huber in 1992. The publication was supported by a generous contribution from Marion Merrell Dow which enabled the development of the project. In addition, the IAACI Secretariat provided kind assistance in this project. The Directory included a variety of practical items and information that have been very useful and helpful.
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