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Konsul Th C Bergh Symposium 2015

The Konsul Th C Bergh Foundation will organise a scientific symposium in collaboration with the Centre for Allergy Research on 7th May 2015 with the title ”Asthma and allergy prevention”. Speakers include international and Swedish researchers and the symposium aims at clinically active physicians and clinical personnel. Venue: the Swedish Society of Medicine, Stockholm.

The following speakers will present at the symposium 7th May: Patrick Holt, Australia; Adnan Custovic, UK; Karin Lødrup Carlsen, Norway; Maria Jenmalm, Jönköping; Johan Alm, Stockholm; Lars Hellman, Uppsala. Chair persons: Gunilla Hedlin, Marianne van Hage, Björn Bloth and Lars Hellman.

Read more about the programme and how to register on the website of the Konsul Th C Bergh Foundation. Registration deadline 23rd April. Registration fee 300 SEK.

World Spirometry Day 2-3 October 2014

CfA spirometrievent 2014

The spirometry event took place on 2-3 October at the Central Station of Stockholm. The event was a success. In total 1360 persons had their lung function tested during two days. We've seen in initial analyses that around 13% of those had pathological values and were referred to their primary care centres for more tests.

The event was organised by the Centre for Allergy Research, the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Medicine (CAMM) at the Stockholm County Council, and the Heart Lung Foundation. Personnel from 21 primary care centres and specialist clinics, from several departments at the Karolinska Institutet (IMM, MEB, MedS, MedH and MTC), from CfA and from CAMM helped out during the day. Sponsorship was received from a number of organisations and companies, and many of those were present during the event, among which Svensk Ventilation, Electrolux and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation. For a complete list of sponsors please see our Swedish site.

The event was built up in the main hall of the Central Station of Stockholm and contained eight spirometry booths and one doctor's booth. There was also an exhibition area.

We had some media coverage and appeared on the local ABC news on SVT 2nd October (no longer available to watch) as well as on Sveriges Radio: Listen to it here (in English).

The event was part of the world-wide Healthy Lungs for Life campaign, and the theme was "Clean Air". A symposium on that theme was held the same week on 30th September. A summary of the symposium and the presentions are available here.

The balloon challenge attracted participants to be photographed with a personal message, which was posted on social media using #AndasRent

We want to thank all who helped out to make this event a success!

The aim of public spirometry tests is to raise awareness of airways diseases such as asthma and COPD, and the importance of measuring lung function with spirometry if you are part of a risk group.

More information is available on our Swedish site.

CfA Allergy Research Day 28th March 2014


More than 60 allergy and asthma researchers gathered at the Nobel Forum on 28th March, to interact with each other, to find out about the latest science, and to discuss CfA's future.

A number of good ideas and suggestions regarding the future of CfA as well as to improve the interaction and communication were received. We will work on implementing these during the coming months.

We thank all for a successfull day!

Five poster award winners

Five posters were awarded at the CfA Allergy Research Day. The winners were:

- Anna James: Regulation of bitter taste receptor expression in human airway smooth muscle cells
- Johan Kolmert: Global histamine turnover by determination of urinary 1-methyl-4-imidazoleacetic acid in human urine
- Viktoria Konya: The EP1 receptor agonist 17-phenyl trinor PGE2 promotes pulmonary endothelial barrier integrity
- Martijn Manson: Bitter taste receptor agonists mediate vasodilation in human and guinea pig vascular smooth muscle independent of L-type calcium channels
- Jennifer Protudjer: Puberty and asthma in a cohort of Swedish children

The posters were evaluated for scientific quality, layout, and oral presentation by the presenter.