The EAACI Working Groups are established as part of the Interest Groups or Sections. Each chair of the Working Group sits automatically as an additional board member in their respective Interest Group or Section board. The EAACI Working Groups represent relevant and growing scientific areas for the academy and have a clear link or common interest to their Interest Group or Sections.
Immunodulation & Nutrition
Immunonutrition involves the study of the direct and indirect effects of nutrients and foods, on immune system development, functionality, and responsiveness. It is important to understand the long-term effect of nutrients and food on chronic disease prevention and management. The recent development of “omics” and the multi-disciplinary range of EAACI members will enable our task force to advance the study of nutrition on allergic disease outcomes now and in future. In addition, we will support the education of EAACI members in best practices for nutritional considerations in optimal patient care.
The aims of this group are to bring together the expertise of dieticians, clinicians, scientists and researchers across multiple disciplines including allergy, nutrition, immunology, genetics and the microbiome to:
(i) Identify the gaps in our knowledge on the effects of nutrition, both deficiencies and excesses, on immune development and function;
(ii) Provide updated knowledge and scientifically validated advice, via position papers and conference symposia, on the use of specific nutrients in allergy prevention and treatment;
(iii) Advance the field of Immunonutrition by coordinating grant applications and research collaborations between members of the working group;
(iv) Support the education of patients and the public on the importance of dietary choices for healthy immune development, during all stages of life.
The academy has established the EAACI Sections on Basic & Clinical Immunology, Asthma, Pediatric, Dermatology and ENT. The sections are represented in the Executive Committee by their chairs and have the opportunity to propose task forces as well as joint sessions with appropriate specialised societies. Every 2 years, new board members, chair and secretary and ExCom members are elected.
The EAACI Interest Groups represent an area of more specific interest within allergology. Additionally, Interest Groups provide a focus for scientists and clinicians interested in particular aspects of allergic diseases. The Interest Group forms a focus for discussion at EAACI scientific meetings, provides input to the scientific programme, and can make proposals for the task forces. Every 2 years, new board members, chair and secretary and ExCom members will be elected.
Task forces are projects that deal with specific topics that are relevant, controversial or new in the field. All EAACI members can apply for a specific task forces in alignment with the chair and secretary of a specific section or interest group. All task forces are supported by EAACI and have been approved by the Executive Committee.
Task Forces can be found on the Knowledge Hub.