Research and Outreach Committee

The Research & Outreach Committee

  Mohamed Shamji

Mohamed Shamji

Research & Outreach
Committee Chair
Ioana Agache

Ioana Agache

Research and Outreach
Committee Secretary

Research & Outreach Board Members
Tomás Chivato
Cezmi A. Akdis
Domingo Barber
Walter Canonica
Stefano del Giacco
Karin Hoffman-Sommergruber
Marek Jutel
Edward Knol

Research & Outreach Committee Members
Milena Sokolowska
Matteo Bonini
Helen Brough
Charlotte Mortz
Ludger Klimek
Radoslaw Gawlik
Joana Vitte
Oliver Price
Audrey DunnGalvin
Antonella Cianferoni
Grzegorz Brozek
Katja Bärenfaller

Jürgen Schwarze
Sylwia Smolinska
Stephan Vieths
Liam O'Mahony
Oscar Palomares

Joaquin Sastre
Markus Ollert

Alexandra Santos
Marina Atanaskovic-Markovic
Montserrat Alvaro
Mohamed Jeebay
Bernardette Eberlein
Anna Sediva
Alessandra Vultaggio
Serge Doan
Liz Angier
Gunter Sturm
Roberto Albertini
Isabella Pali-Schöll

Advisory Board

Harald Renz
Hans-Jürgen Hofmann
Kenji Izuhara
Chrysanthi Skevaki
Paolo Matricardi
Alkis Togias
Kari Nadeau
Isabella Anessi-Maesano 
Erika von Mutius
Patrick Holt 
Stephen Holgate 
Alberto Papi 
Helen Reddel 
Alvaro Cruz
Param Nair
Knut Brockow
Jean-Christoph Caubet

Sebastian Johnston 
Luis Perez de Llano
Jame Gern 
Leonard Bacharier
Michael Schatz
Omer Kalayci
Thomas Casale 
Peter Barnes 
Nicola Hanania
Nikolaos Papadopoulos 
Adnan Custovic 
Peter Gibson
Marek Kowalski 
George du Toit 
Omar Usmani
Mariana Castells 
Elizabeth Philips

Kian-Fan Chung
Avraham Beigelman 
Vibeke Backer 
Christer Janson
Ronal van Ree
Clare Lloyd
Hirohisa Saito
Hideaki Morita 
Cem Akin
Alberto Mantovani 
Victoria del Pozo
Henry McSorley 
Gunnar Nielsson 
Mario Cazzola 
John Holloway
Sevim Bavbek
Dean Naissbitt
Tari Haahtela
Gary Wong 
Philippe Eigenmann 
Marcus Maurer
Jan Gutermuth
Motohiro Ebisawa
Emma Guttman-Yatsky
Peck Ong
Barbara Ballmer-Weber
Margitta Worm
Thomas Werfel 
Montserrat Fernandez Rivas
Sejal Saglani
Paul Turner
Deborah Jarvis
Antonino Romano 
Didier Ebo 

Hae-Sim Park
Andrea Matucci 
Peter Ghazal 
Mikaela Odemyr 
Breda Flood
Carla Jones 
Carina Venter
Isabel Skypala
Sergio Bonini
Ronal Rabin
Vera Mahler 
Andreas Bonertz
Karin Sipido 
Sirpa Pietikainen
Joao Fonseca
Munir Pirmohamed 
Pau Greenberg

Alberto Alvarez-Perea 
Florin Dan Popescu 
Stephanie Dramburg
Giorgio Colombo
Job van Boven
Ralph Moesges 
Derek Chu 
Musa Khaitov 
Jonathan Corren 
Andre Moreira
Otto Spranger 
Bruno Giacomo 
Holger Schunemann
Ian Adcock
Maria Torres
Bernard Thong
Mona Kidon
Frederic de Blay

ROC Groups

Basic and Clinical

Mohamed Shamji,
Cezmi Akdis

Ioana Agache,
Matteo Bonini

Marek Jutel,
Ioana Agache


Tomas Chivato,
Sylwia Smolinska

Domingo Barber,
Oscar Palomares

Giorgio Walter Canonica,
Holger Schunemann


Stefano Del Giacco,
Stefan Vieths


Joaquin Sastre,
Isabella Annesi-Maesano

Markus Ollert,
Barbara Ballmer-Weber


Ludger Klimek

Food Allergy

Alexandra Santos,
Isabel Skypala

Nikolaos Papadopoulos

Drug Allergy
Maria Torres


About the Committee

Allergy, asthma and clinical immunology research has many challenges, including complex European regulations, funding opportunities, data gathering and overall quality control. To address these unmet needs, the newly formed EAACI Research and Outreach Committee (EAACI ROC) will develop an innovative research and knowledge exchange network, which will ensure the position of the EAACI as the global leader in promoting and supporting Research and Development.

- Facilitate allergy, asthma and clinical immunology research through the coordination and support of the research community.
- Support high quality and reproducible data by leveraging resources into a joint information exchange network while boosting top-notch experimental research through multicenter collaborations and strengthen the validity of the experimental medicine results.
- Deliver new forms of translation of key research findings, to better meet the needs of clinicians and more quickly develop precision approaches to improve and cure allergic disease and asthma.
- Facilitate basic and clinical research career development by expanding the funding opportunities for EAACI fellowships,  develop educational and training programmes on cutting edge research methodologies,
- Facilitate access of EAACI members to research funding opportunities
- Inform public policy on research priorities in allergic diseases and asthma via public engagement and outreach activities.
- Build an infrastructure that will monitor, analyse and interpret science and research data to identify trends, barriers and opportunities, and strategic imperatives, forecast needs and directions.


Research Agenda 2021-2022
We propose the following strategic research direction to be prioritised for EAACI funding and support:

1. Environmental science/Planetary Health
2. Real World Evidence. Registries. Health Economics
3. Translational research. Applied clinical research (patient-oriented). Research under the state of emergency
4. Mobile Health. Telemedicine
5. Omics. Big data. Artificial Intelligence
6. Prevention of allergic diseases and asthma
7. Quality assessment



Shamji et al. EAACI Research and Outreach Committee: Improving standards and facilitating global collaboration through a Research Excellence Network

Paoletti G, DiBona D, Chu DK, Firinu D, Heffler E, Agache I, Jutel M, Klimek L, Pfaar O, Mösges R, Dunn Galvin A, Genuneit J, Hoffmann HJ, Canonica GW. Allergen Immunotherapy: the growing role of observational and randomised trial "Real-World Evidence". Allergy. 2021 Feb 14. doi:10.1111/all.14773. Epub ahead of print

Sokolowska M, Eiwegger T, Ollert M, Torres MJ, Barber D, Del Giacco S, Jutel M, Nadeau KC, Palomares O, Rabin RL, Riggioni C, Vieths S, Agache I, Shamji MH. EAACI statement on the diagnosis, management and prevention of severe allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccines. Allergy. 2021 Jan 16. doi:10.1111/all.14739. Epub ahead of print


EAACI Scientific Network (ESN) Platform

The EAACI Research and Outreach Committee is currently working on the development of an Open Access EAACI Scientific Network (ESN) Platform. The ESN Platform aims to be a facilitator for communication between members and centers providing information on research facilities, capacities, accreditations/certifications/research protocols across EU.


Pan European Health Economics Registry for Allergic Diseases (HEAD)

EAACI, in cooperation with the NAS, is building the first European Registry for the Health Economics of Allergic Diseases. The project is meant to facilitate standardised data collection across different European countries in order to facilitate the in-depth understanding of the burden of allergic diseases and asthma.


Scientific collaborations

BioMed Alliance In vitro Diagnosis Working Group
The EAACI ROC is part of the BioMed Alliance In Vitro Diagnosis Working Group which was established based on decisions in the BioMed Alliance Taskforce on Regulatory Affairs and Medical Devices in 2019. Since a new EU regulation on In Vitro Diagnostics will come into effect in 2022 and will have a major impact on the evaluation and approval process of IVDs, this Working Group has been formed to  facilitate member society cooperation on the regulatory aspects of in vitro diagnostics.

BioMed Alliance Academic Clinical Trials Task Force
This task force exists to provide a 
platform for discussions on academic clinical trials. It facilitates an exchange of best practices and pinpoints the challenges that researchers face in this field. It also aims to better communicate the value of researchers’ work in society and the value of academic clinical trials. It is committed to providing recommendations to reduce inconsistencies in the regulatory framework and advocates for adequate funding.
The EAACI ROC is proudly participating in those activities by being a member of the Task Force. 

Moving forward from drug-centered to patient-centered clinical research
Last updated 05 March 2021
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