iPAC is launched !
Between the 18 th and 20 th October 2007, a group of leading academic pediatric allergists together with scientists from the industry gathered in Guincho , Portugal . The aim of the meeting was to provide a state-of-the-art of research in pediatric allergy and immunology and to define new ideas and trends. This meeting has been financed by EAACI, AAAAI and the EAACI- Clemens von Pirquet Foundation, with unrestricted grants from the industry (Mead Johnson, Nestlé Nutrition Institute, Phadia, Schering Plough Spain).
The meeting was organized in small work groups addressing basic research and atopy prevention, atopic dermatitis, IgE and non IgE-mediated food allergy, anaphylaxis as well as respiratory allergy. Furthermore, plenary discussions developed ideas for future research. A summary of the discussions will be published soon in Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.
In addition, we recognized that pediatric allergy and immunology is an area in which many black boxes subsist. Furthermore, most of the current knowledge in particular in early allergic events is gathered from observational data but that interventional studies are strongly needed. It was also recognized that networking is essential for good science. Several initiatives already exist but they are mostly addressing specific diseases such as food allergy or respiratory diseases. The group coming from various parts of the world including Europe, the U.S.A., Canada and Australia identified a strong need for International collaboration.
At the issue of the discussions, it was decided to found an international consortium for promotion of research in pediatric allergy. iPAC (international Pediatric Allergy and Asthma Consortium) will provide a research platform for promoting specific research projects in the field of pediatric allergy. iPAC is a joint initiative of the pediatric section of EAACI and AAAI, and will be managed by the EAACI-Clemens von Pirquet Foundation. It will favor collaboration with the industry, it will aim to provide public money for research in the field, as well as to promote private donations.