Message From The President
Welcome to the website of the Collegium Internationale Allergologicum CIA
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 across the globe.
The Collegium is deliberately designed to be a small and highly interactive association not burdened by the bureaucracy and anonymity that characterises many large international and professional scientific societies today. Our biannual meetings provide opportunities for each member of the Collegium, and their invited guests, to deliver oral and poster presentations organised into a scientific program that deliberately has no parallel sessions. This permits all attendees to enjoy and learn from each of the presentations as well as fostering interdisciplinary interactions, so important in tackling modern disease problems.
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 location where the meetings occur. Indeed, the combination of scientific excellence and warmly collegial atmosphere, experienced in places of exceptional interest and attractiveness is a fundamental characteristic of the CIA.
With these key features in mind, our next meeting, Allergy across the life course - from origins towards prevention, will be held in Palma, capital of the Spanish Island of Mallorca on the 30 September – 5 October 2018. As we look forward to building the programme for our 32nd CIA meeting, please continue to visit our website for updates. I greatly look forward to welcoming you to Palma di Mallorca.
With kind regards,
Stephen T. Holgate
President, Collegium Internationale Allergologicum
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