Message From The President
Welcome to the website of the Collegium Internationale Allergologicum.
The founders of our organization wished to establish a society that would promote and celebrate excellence in basic science and clinical investigation in allergy and related fields. When the Collegium was founded in 1954, the Constitution stated (in Article 1):
"The Collegium is an international group for the study of scientific and clinical problems in allergy and related branches of medicine and immunology. The Collegium aims to promote the humble spirit of scientific enquiry, friendly cooperation, good fellowship and professional relationships in the field of allergy"
This spirit has guided the activities of the Collegium to the present day. With an active membership that is limited to 250 people, the Collegium has a unique role as both an international honorary society comprised of many of the best scientists in allergy and clinical immunology, drawn from both academic and biopharmaceutical settings, and a forum which fosters scientific and professional interactions among its members. From the beginning, the Collegium has paid special attention to identifying promising young scientists as candidates for election, and in recent years there have been additional efforts to increase the diversity of its membership, which now includes men and women from all continents but one.
The Collegium is a small and highly interactive association, and is not burdened by the bureaucracy that characterizes many large international scientific societies. Our biannual meetings provide opportunities for each member of the Collegium, and invited guests, to deliver oral or poster presentations organized into a scientific program that has no parallel sessions. This permits all attendees to enjoy each of the presentations. We also strive to allow ample time for informal interactions, and to offer an attractive social program that permits attendees and accompanying persons to take advantage of the wonderful meeting venues. Indeed, the combination of scientific excellence and warmly collegial atmosphere, experienced in meetings held in places of exceptional interest and attractiveness, are fundamental characteristics of this organization.
Our next meeting will be held on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea (14 - 19 October 2012). Located off the Southern Coast of the Republic of Korea, Jeju Island is a place of great physical beauty and cultural and historical significance, as well as a popular venue for scientific and medical meetings. Please continue to visit our website for updates about the program.
With kind regards,
Stephen J. Galli