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Annual General Meeting (AGM)
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Each year the EFA Secretariat organizes an AGM in a city corresponding to an EFA member organisation who volunteers to assist in hosting the event by making recommendations for a venue and other activities. The most recent AGM in 2012 was co-hosted with the Asthma Society of Ireland in Dublin, Ireland and took place on the 11 May. All EFA members are invited to participate, as their votes make key decisions during the AGM, such as the election of

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RED MEAT ALLERGY
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Background: We have observed patients clinically allergic to red meat and meat-derived gelatin. Objective: We describe a prospective evaluation of the clinical significance of gelatin sensitization, the predictive value of a positive test result, and an examination of the relationship between allergic reactions to red meat and sensitization to gelatin and galactose-α-1,3-galactose (α-Gal). Methods: Adult patients evaluated in the 1997-2011 period

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TSLP DURING ALLERGIC INFLAMMATION
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Originally shown to promote the growth and activation of B cells, TSLP is now known to have wide-ranging impacts on hematopoietic and nonhematopoietic cell lineages, including DCs, basophils, eosinophils, mast cells, CD4(+), CD8(+), and NK T cells, B cells, and epithelial cells. Whereas the role of TSLP in the promotion of TH2 responses has been studied extensively in the context of lung- and skin-specific allergic disorders, it is becoming increasingly

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INTRALYMPHATIC IMMUNOTHERAPY
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Background: Subcutaneous allergen-specific immunotherapy frequently causes allergic side effects and requires 30 to 80 injections over 3 to 5 years. Objective: We sought to improve immunotherapy by using intralymphatic allergen administration (intralymphatic immunotherapy [ILIT]) and by targeting allergen to the MHC class II pathway. Methods: Recombinant major cat dander allergen Fel d 1 was fused to a translocation sequence (TAT) and to part

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EFA Members “Meet and Greet” EU Institutions Training
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Starting in 2007, the EFA Secretariat has organised an event in Brussels called the “EFA Members ‘Meet and Greet’ EU Institutions Training,” which serves the purpose of educating EFA members on the legislative processes of the European Union, while allowing them to interact personally with policymakers. In 2013 EFA hosted its fourth ‘Meet and Greet’ Training, which took place over one and a half days from 15-16 October. EFA Members gained

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EFA at the Forum on active and healthy ageing

In the framework of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, the Committee of Regions organised a forum to provide local and regional stakeholders with an opportunity to discuss their contributions and related issues on the 14th of February in Brussels. EFA was represented at the forum by Roberta Savli. After a general overview of the subject, given by key EU officials, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and

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EFA at the launch of the European COPD Coalition

Susanna Palkonen together with some EFA members took part in the launch event of the ECC at the European Parliament, hosted by MEP Glenis Wilmott. The new Coalition aims to raise awareness and advocate on behalf of COPD at European level in broad partnership, and presented its call to action at the event. The current members are the European Respiratory Society, the European Lung Foundation, BoehringerIngelheim, GSK, Pfizer and a new member announced

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Patient group involvement during EAACI Annual Conference

The EAACI (European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology) annual conference is to be held this year from June 16th to 20th in Geneva, under the official theme “At the Crossroads of Research, Practice and Education”. At the conference, the EAACI Patient Organisation’s Committee meeting will be held, with the participation of EFA president Breda Flood. This Committee was recently set up to bring some patient organisations together to facilitate

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EU adopts new health warnings for tobacco packaging

On March 7, the European Commission adopted a Directive introducing a set of 14 new written health warnings due to appear on tobacco packaging in the near future. The 14 warnings were chosen following a Eurobarometer survey conducted across the 27 Member States to test European perceptions of the dangers of tobacco, and establish how more effective risk warnings can be communicated to discourage uptake and encourage cessation. The survey showed that

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Mid-term evaluation of EU Health Programme

The EU Health Programme is one of the EU’s main instruments for improving European public health. It proposes various funding schemes for European health initiatives, and after close examination of applications, offers funding and grants for conferences, so-called joint actions and other initiatives in the health field. The mid-term evaluation of the current EU Health Programme, which runs from 2008 to 2013, has recently taken place to assess if

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Open dialogue between EU institutions and citizens

The EU Health Programme is one of the EU’s main instruments for improving European public health. It proposes various funding schemes for European health initiatives, and after close examination of applications, offers funding and grants for conferences, so-called joint actions and other initiatives in the health field. The mid-term evaluation of the current EU Health Programme, which runs from 2008 to 2013, has recently taken place to assess if

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EFA at Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) Open Info Day

On February 27th, David Brennan represented EFA at the IMI Open Info Day for its 5th Call for proposals in order to learn about the revised scientific research agenda. Due to the current involvement of EFA in the IMI project U-BIOPRED (Unbiased BIOmarkers in PREDiction of respiratory disease outcomes), it is in our interest to follow how the IMI evolves in its future calls. The updated structure of the strategic research agenda includes additional

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