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 13 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.
For the past 18 years Dr Henry Milgrom has been on the staff of the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver. He currently holds the appointments of Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Clinical Science at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He treats both adult and pediatric patients who suffer from allergic disorders, asthma, chronic cough, and vocal cord dysfunction. His research interests are adherence with treatment regimens and the therapy of asthma and atopic dermatitis.
Our goals for the outcomes section of Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology are to present stimulating articles summarizing and assessing clinical investigation and health services research. We want to energize discussion to fill what we view as areas of exigency in health outcomes relating to clinical allergy and immunology. We need reliable diagnostic criteria to provide correct treatment for infants and toddlers with respiratory symptoms. We must find ways to convince more physicians to embrace controller therapy for more severe disease, and to identify those patients with less severe disease who also require ongoing controller therapy. We need to link research to healthcare delivery, close the gap between what we know and what we do in practice, and gain acceptance and support from the recipients of our interventions.
University Professor Ralph Mösges (MD, PhD, MSEE, degree in electrical engineering) is an otorhinolaryngologist and allergist. He resides in Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle) and Munich, Germany.
In 1996 he became Professor for Medical Informatics and the Deputy Chairman of the Institute of Medical Statistics, Informatics and Epidemiology at the University of Cologne in Germany. He has previously been a consultant for otorhinolaryngology and responsible for the ORL Allergy Clinic at the University Hospital, Medical Faculty of Aachen, where he is currently a lecturer in otorhinolaryngology.
His current major research fields are allergology, epidemiology, and clinical pharmacology of infectious diseases.
Ralph Mösges is the author and editor of six books and has published more than 100 articles.
Professor Mösges is a member of the German, the European and the American Academies of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, of the German Academy of Otorhinolaryngology, and also the author of German and European status papers on rhinosinusitis.
Dr Beyer graduated from the Free University in Berlin, Germany, in 1991. She went on to perform her pediatric residency and fellowship at the Humboldt University in Berlin. From 1996–1997 she was a visiting scientist at the Division of Allergy & Clinical Immunology at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. In 1997 Dr Beyer moved to New York to the Division of Pediatric Allergy & Immunology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she was appointed Assistant Professor of Pediatrics since 2001. In June 2003 she returned to Berlin to the Department of Pediatric Pneumonology and Immunology at the University Hospital Charité. Her research experience spans the spectrum of pediatric allergy with a focus on food allergy resulting in more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Her recent interest has focused on the identification, characterization and modification of allergenic food proteins, the objective being to develop improved diagnostic methods and a safe immunotherapy for food allergic children. Dr Beyer is a member of several national and international organizations, including both, the American and European Academy, AAAAI and EAACI.
Suzanne Teuber is the Training Program Director in Allergy and Immunology and Associate Professor at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and is a product of that university, having completed undergraduate work in plant science, medical school, internal medicine residency and fellowship training in allergy and immunology all at the University of California, Davis. Her research in food allergy is focused on characterization of tree nut allergens. She notes that she was prompted to return to her plant science roots by the multiple patients in the area with walnut and other tree nut food allergies and the presence of collaborators in pomology at the university. Some would say that the nutty atmosphere of California also inspires the study of tree nut food allergy. Another interest is the education of physicians to prescribe self-injectable epinephrine to those at risk for life-threatening food allergic reactions and refer such patients to allergists for further evaluation and counseling. Currently, she is the chair of the AAAAI Adverse Reactions to Foods Committee.