In 2016, the BSACI Meeting had speakers from the UK, Europe, the US and even Australia. A staggering 575 delegates attended, all were keen to further develop their knowledge and debate the latest findings in the world of Allergy attended over the course of the three days. We are extremely grateful to all the speakers for their excellent talks and to the exhibitors and sponsors for their continued support of the meeting.
The Presidential Plenary (flag-waving, motorcade …) session saw us comparing best modalities and mechanisms for allergen immunotherapy. Following this there were sessions covering gastrointestinal disease, occupational skin disease, hymenoptera stings, and quality improvement in allergy services in primary care. The afternoon poster judging session was packed and lively. We’re grateful to all delegates submitting posters and for judges generously giving up their time. We are keen that high quality research and innovation should continue to be presented at future meetings. We enjoyed spending our paper money in the casino during the opening reception and managed to win enough to finance something different next year. The exhibition floor was busy throughout the meeting, with interactive displays, interesting talks and tasty samples. The Passport for Prizes scheme was a success, and the state of the art Virtual Hub allowed delegates to catch up with talks they missed or revisit key moments. If delegates didn’t get a chance to use it during the meeting, they were able to see a number of key talks by logging onto the BSACI website after the meeting, as well as viewing some great photographs from the meeting also.
Day two had many excellent sessions, including oral abstracts and the popular Grand Round sessions. There was an excellent Jack Pepys lecture from Prof Angela Simpson about our evolving understanding of asthma epidemiology. In his Harry Morrow Brown Memorial Lecture, Prof Gideon Lack gave a lovely plotted summary of how his patients provided inspiration for his insights into mechanisms of food sensitisation (or how he became the true Nutty Professor). Congratulations also to Professor Anthony Frew for receiving the William Frankland award, which was presented by the 104 year old man himself.
The President’s dinner was an impressive occasion, seated below the aircraft of the Cosgrove RAF museum. The highlight was undoubtedly the auction, raising £2,000 for Allergy UK and The Anaphylaxis Campaign, led by the incomparable Prof Chris Corrigan. There was an impressive range of lots up for grabs, including some specialist items for EastEnders fans. We are very grateful to Dr Sophie Farooque for providing many of the most popular items.
In some ways, day three proved to be the climax of the meeting, with a variety of excellent lectures, including the Year in Review session featuring a trio of the most distinguished international clinician scientists in the field including both Dr Wesley Burks, doyen of oral food immunotherapy and Prof Tom Platts-Mills, discussing tick bites, meat anaphylaxis and more.
To get a flavour of this year’s meeting, please take a look at some photos and video clips from the event:2016 Gallery