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 12 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.
Piero Maestrelli, MD
Dr. Maestrelli completed his medical degree at University of Padova, Italy, and then specialised in Occupational Medicine and in Pulmonology. He completed a 2-year post doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Occupational Medicine, University of Padova, and then a 2-year research fellowship at the Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology of Cardiothoracic Institute, London, UK.
Dr. Maestrelli has written over 100 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 3 years.
He is currently associate professor of occupational medicine at University of Padova, Italy, and director of the Laboratory of Lung Pathophysioly of the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the University Hospital of Padova.
Carlos E. Baena-Cagnani
Dr. Baena-Cagnani was born in Unquillo, Cordoba, Argentina in 1951. He graduated as medical doctor from the Cordoba National University, Argentina in 1975 and did his internship at the Italian Hospital in Córdoba. Dr. Baena-Cagnani trained in Allergy and Respiratory in the University Clinic of the University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain 1977-1980 under the supervision of his mentor and friend Alberto Oehling. In 1981-1985 when he returned to Argentina, he was working with the Division of Allergy and Immunology of the Cordoba University National Clinic Hospital. Since 1985, Dr. Baena-Cagnani has been Head of the Division of Immunology and Respiratory at Infantile Hospital. He has been scholarship in allergy research in the South Florida University in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Baena-Cagnani is currently professor at the Postgraduate Department of the Faculty of Medicine at the Catholic University of Cordoba.
Dr. Baena-Cagnani was President of the Latin American Society of Allergy and Immunology (1993-1996) and also of the Argentinean Association of Allergy and Immunology (1996-1999). This year he took over the chair as President of the World Allergy Organization-International Association of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (WAO-IAACI). He served in the Executive Committee of GINA and is currently working in ARIA-WHO as member of the Executive Committee and Latin America Chairman. Dr. Baena-Cagnani is a member of the editorial board of several scientific journals. The major research interest in his group is epidemiology of asthma and allergy, but also on clinical trials for the treatment of asthma, rhinitis, and its co-morbidities, sublingual immunotherapy in children. He coordinated the ISAAC phase III in Argentina.
Michael S. Blaiss, MD
Dr. Michael S. Blaiss is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He has presented at more than 250 meetings and seminars throughout the world on such topics as allergic rhinitis, asthma, socioeconomic issues for allergists in the new millennium and issues in compliance and adherence. Dr. Blaiss has written for several peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Pediatrics, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and JAMA. In addition, he is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Asthma and the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Dr. Blaiss is a fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and was named to the list of Best Doctors in America for 1999-2004. He serves on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and is President of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Dr. Blaiss received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences. After completing his residency at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center, he completed a fellowship in allergy/immunology at Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans, Louisiana.