Allergy Centre of the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin to host three international scientific conferences

Mast Cell and Basophil Meeting, 26 to 27 November 2012
International Urticaria Consensus Meeting, 28 to 29 November 2012
Skin Allergy Meeting, 29 November to 1 December 2012

The Allergy Centre of the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin will host three international scientific conferences in the upcoming week. According to Prof. Marcus Maurer, Associate Director of the Allergy Centre at the Clinic for Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology: "Allergological issues have been gaining in importance among clinical physicians." Prof. Mauer explains that all three conferences are focused on enabling scientific exchange about basic allergy research: "Our intent is to offer clinical physicians the opportunity to learn something about the cells, the basis for allergological illnesses. On the other hand, we wish to show researchers how these illnesses appear on the patient, outside of the laboratory."

The most recent research demonstrates that mast cells from the body's own immune system can protect against certain allergy illnesses. On Monday, 26 November and Tuesday, 27 November, scientists from all over the world will meet at the International Mast Cell and Basophil Meeting (IMCBM) to discuss how these results can be used to treat or prevent allergies.

At the International Urticaria Consensus Meeting on Wednesday, 28 November and Thursday, 29 November, members of dermatological societies worldwide will meet to revise internationally valid guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of hives, also known as urticaria. Delegates will develop the new guidelines in panels, and the guidelines will then be approved by the approximately 250 conference participants.

The Skin Allergy Meeting (SAM), from Thursday, 29 November to Saturday, 1 December, is hosted by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI). The goal of this year's meeting is to present the most recent clinical state of knowledge about the treatment of allergological skin illnesses. A large number of physicians from Asia will also take part in this conference, in order to disseminate their knowledge about new differential diagnoses and therapies across Europe.

All events will take place in the Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus, Luisenstraβe 58/59 in 10117 Berlin. Participants should register on the website of the conference they wish to attend.

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