Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology was launched in 2001. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The fields of allergy and clinical immunology are divided into 14 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal's Section Editors for this issue.
Susan M. Tarlo
Dr Susan M. Tarlo MB BS FRCP(C) is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is a respiratory physician at the University Health Network, Toronto Western Hospital, Canada and at the Gage Occupational and Environmental Health Unit and Centre of Research Excellence in Occupational Diseases of St Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Canada. Her main areas of clinical practice and research are in occupational and environmental lung diseases and allergic responses, especially occupational asthma. She initially graduated from medical school at London University, England, and underwent postgraduate training in England for four years before coming to Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada for a year as a fellow in allergy and clinical immunology, followed by respiratory medicine residency for two years at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. She has been in Toronto as a staff physician at the Toronto General Hospital and then at Toronto Western Hospital as well as at the Gage Occupational and Environmental Health Unit since 1976 as well as holding academic positions at the University of Toronto since that time.
Dr Maestrelli, MD, completed his medical degree at University of Padova, Italy, and then specialised in occupational medicine and in pulmonology. He completed a two year post doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Occupational Medicine, University of Padova, and then a two year research fellowship at the Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology of Cardiothoracic Institute, London, U.K.
Dr Maestrelli has written over 150 scientific papers and book chapters, and has lectured nationally and internationally. He has been Chairman of the Interest Group on Occupational Allergy of European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology for three years.
He is currently Professor of Occupational Medicine at University of Padova, Department of Cardiologic, Thoracic and Vascular Sciences, Italy, and Head of the Laboratory of Lung Pathophysiology of the Unit of Occupational Medicine at the University Hospital of Padova.
Carlos E. Baena-Cagnani
Carlos E. Baena-Cagnani, MD, is a specialist in Allergology, Immunology, and Respiratory Medicine. He is Director of CIMER (Research Center on Respiratory Medicine) and Professor of Pulmonology at the Faculty of Medicine, Catholic University of Córdoba, Argentina. In addition, he is Professor of the Faculty of Specialization–Respiratory Medicine and Allergy, DIMI, University of Genoa, Italy and Professor at the University of Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico.
At present Prof. Baena Cagnani is President of INTERASMA (Global Association of Asthma).
Professor Baena-Cagnani is a member of the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) assembly and Co-chair of Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma–World Health Organization (ARIA-WHO). He is also a member of the executive committee of the Global Alliance against Respiratory Diseases (GARD-WHO). He is a former President of the Latin American Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the Argentinean Association of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and the World Allergy Organization (WAO). He is a member of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology; American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology; American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; American Thoracic Society, Latin American Society of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, and European Respiratory Society.
Professor Baena-Cagnani has presented at more than 500 meetings and seminars throughout the world on topics including asthma, rhinitis, and immunotherapy. He was the Director of GINA educational programs in Argentina and other Latin American countries. He is an editorial board member and contributing editor of several international scientific journals and has published over 180 manuscripts in national and international journals, over 120 of them in peer-reviewed journals. He serves on many advisory boards including the Global Asthma Physician and Patient (GAPP) Survey advisory board.
His research interests focus on the epidemiology of asthma and allergy, with a particular emphasis on risk factors, including allergen exposure. He served as Argentinean national coordinator for the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Children (ISAAC) phase III study. He has also been principal investigator in many clinical trials.
Professor Baena-Cagnani trained in allergy and respiratory medicine at the University Clinic at the University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, and completed his specialty training in clinical research at Allergy Division, South Florida University in Tampa, Florida, USA.
Professor Baena-Cagnani was the President of the organizing committee of the World Congress of Asthma (WCA 2014 Mexico City) to be held 29 March–1 April 2014.
Leonard B. Bacharier
Dr Bacharier is Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, USA and Clinical Director of the Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine, and Unit co-Leader for the Pediatric Patient Orientated Research Unit. He received his undergraduate degree in biophysics from The Johns Hopkins University, USA and his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine. Dr Bacharier was an intern and resident in pediatrics at St. Louis Children's Hospital and a fellow in pediatric allergy and immunology at Children's Hospital, Boston and Harvard Medical School, USA. He was a recipient of the 2005 Samuel R. Goldstein Leadership Award in Medical Student Education from Washington University School of Medicine and is a member of several organizations including the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American Thoracic Society. Dr Bacharier's research focuses on childhood asthma. Specifically, he is a Principal Investigator in the NHLBI-funded AsthmaNet, a multi-centered network examining therapeutic approaches to childhood asthma. He is an Investigator in the NHLBI's Severe Asthma Research Program (SARP) and the Inner City Asthma Consortium's URECA study examining the influence of urban environments on the development of asthma and allergic disorders. He is also an Investigator in the American Lung Association's Asthma Clinical Research Center Network. Dr Bacharier is also currently investigating the role of early infection with Respiratory Syncytial Virus upon the subsequent development of asthma. These research projects have been published in numerous journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Pediatrics, and The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Dr Bacharier serves on the Editorial Boards of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, and has been a guest Editor for Immunology and Allergy Clinics of North America.