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Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology: February 2008 - Volume 8 - Issue 1 - p vii–x
doi: 10.1097/01.all.0000305972.51566.a8
Editorial introductions
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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 Editors and Section Editors for this issue.

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Editors

Mark Ballow

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Dr Mark Ballow received his MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. After a Pediatric residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, he completed an Immunology Fellowship at the University of Minnesota Hospitals. He was the Chief of Clinical and Experimental Immunology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He was then appointed as Chief of the Division of Clinical Immunology in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut from 1975 to 1988, and became Chief of the Division of Allergy/Clinical Immunology and Pediatric Rheumatology, and Program Director of the Allergy/Immunology Fellowship program at The Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, State University of New York at Buffalo in 1988. He is currently Acting Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr Ballow is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI), and in Clinical Laboratory Immunology. He was on the Board of Directors of the ABAI from 1992–1998. He has served on four Editorial boards including the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (1984–1989; 1995–2000), and is an Ad Hoc reviewer for a number of pediatric, allergy and immunology journals.

Dr Ballow has served as an Ad Hoc member of several NIH study sections, and was a member of the committee that published the first Allergy and Immunology Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Program (MK-SAP), and was a member of the new 3rd edition AI-MK-SAP. Dr Ballow is a Fellow of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Academy (1996–1999), and Chairs of the A/I Training Program Directors, Basic Clinical Immunology Interest Section, and the Postgraduate Education Program. Dr Ballow is a member of the Clinical Immunology Society (Secretary/Treasurer), the Buffalo Allergy Society, the Society for Pediatric Research, and the American Pediatric Society.

Dr Ballow's major clinical interests include inner city asthma, chronic sinusitis, clinical immunology, and the uses and mechanisms of action of Intravenous Immune Globulin (IVIG). His research interests include the immunology of the newborn infant and the immunoregulatory effects of Vitamin A and retinoic acid.

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Giorgio Walter Canonica

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Professor Giorgio Walter Canonica is Director of the Specialty School of Pulmonary Diseases and Director of the Allergy and Respiratory Diseases Clinic, Genoa University Italy. Professor Canonica first specialised in pulmonary diseases after having received his medical degree from the University of Genoa, he then specialised in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Florence University. He subsequently conducted clinical immunology and allergology research in several European universities and institutes, in addition to two years at the Medical University of South Carolina, USA. Since returning to the University of Genoa in 1995, Professor Canonica has held a number of academic positions including Director of the Speciality School of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and Chairman of the Allergy and Respiratory Diseases Clinic.

Professor Canonica's research interests include examination of the molecular events and interactions between immunocompetent cells, inflammatory cells and epithelial cells in allergic inflammation and airway remodelling. He is particularly involved in new strategies in the treatment of allergic disease, including biological response modifiers, such as specific immunotherapy. Professor Canonica has published extensively in international journals and acts as a referee of many immunology journals. He is also Editor in Chief of Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology. In addition, Professor Canonica is a member of a number of societies having been President of the Italian Society of Respiratory Medicine - SIMER, the Italian Society Union for Pulmonology – UIP and recently served 6 years as Secretary General of the World Allergy Organisation (WAO), he will be WAO President Elect in the next 2 years. He is also Vice President of Interasma – International Association of Asthmology.

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Section Editors

Ruby Pawankar

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Prof Ruby Pawankar works at the Division of Rhinology & Allergy, Dept of Otolaryngology, Nippon Medical School, Tokyo, Japan, is a Guest Professor at Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea and has been Guest Professor at the Dept of Pediatrics, Showa University School of Medicine, Tokyo. Having graduated in medicine from the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, India, specialized in ENT from BJ Medical College, India, she did her fellowship and training in Allergy & Immunology and her doctorate at the Nippon Medical School and Juntendo University School of Medicine in Tokyo.

She is a Member of the Board of Directors of the World Allergy Organization, an Executive Committee Member of the ARIA Initiative and Chair of its Asia-Pacific Affiliate. She is a Council / committee member/ Honorary Fellow of several initiatives and national and international societies in allergy. She is a Founder President of the International Symposium on Allergy ISBAAR, Director of the Asian Allergy Asthma Foundation and has served as President of the 4th ISBAAR in Tokyo, the 10th Congress of the Trans Pacific Allergy & Immunology Society and the 9th Asian Rhinology Congress.

Dr Pawankar is a co-author of International Consensus documents, has more than 300 publications, and is an Associate Editor/ Editorial Board Member of many international journals like Current Opinion in Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Clinical Experimental Allergy, WAO Journal, Int Archives Allergy & Immunology, Am J Rhinology. She is a member of several prestigious academic organizations like the “Collegium International Allergolicum” and is a recipient of several prestigious national and international academic awards and orations worldwide including the International Distinguished Fellow Award of the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

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David P. Skoner

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Dr David P. Skoner is currently the Director of the Division of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and Vice Chairman of Clinical Research in the Department of Pediatrics of Allegheny General Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is also Professor of Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine. Previously, he was Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has served as the Chief of the Section of Allergy/Immunology and Director of the Allergy and Immunology Training Program at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. His current research interests include the relationships between respiratory viruses, asthma, immunity, and stress; the relationship between viral and allergen-induced nasal inflammation and middle ear disease; and the efficacy and safety (HPA axis function and growth in children) of inhaled and intranasal steroids. Currently, he serves as the principal investigator of an NIH RO1 grant studying the impact of cytokine genotypes on the development of virus-induced otitis media and as the mentor for a K-23 award recipient studying the ontogeny of immune responses in infants. Dr Skoner has written over 100 articles and given over 200 presentations on respiratory disease. His articles and abstracts have been published in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Pediatric Research, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, JAMA, and American Review of Respiratory Disease. Dr Skoner serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the journals “Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews”, “Pediatric Asthma, Allergy, & Immunology”, and “Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology”, served on the editorial board of American Journal of Rhinology, and is a reviewer for Annals of Allergy, Journal of Pediatrics, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine, and Journal of Infectious Diseases, among others. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Society of Pediatric Research, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and the Association for Research in Otolaryngology. Dr Skoner has been recognized as one of America's Top Doctors (Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.) for six consecutive years (2001–2006) and as one of Pittsburgh's Top Doctors for 2005 (Pittsburgh Magazine, May 2005). Dr Skoner received his BS degree from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, and his MD degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He served his residency in general pediatrics at Children's Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, and he completed his fellowship in allergy/immunology at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Stephen Holgate

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Applying basic science to the clinical interface in allergy and asthma has been the guiding principle of Stephen Holgate's career. This has involved him in environmental and genetic epidemiology, physiology, cell and molecular biology of disease processes as they occur in humans. An AAAAI member since 1986 and Fellow form 2001, Professor Holgate has been active in the field of allergy and immunology both in the United Kingdom and overseas as well as contributing to the Academy. He was President of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) from 1990–1993 and the Robert Cooks Memorial Lecturer in 1995 and 2000. He has been an active contributor to the CIA since 1990. He has published in excess of 860 peer reviewed papers as well as many book chapters on asthma and allergic diseases. He is coeditor of Clinical and Experimental Allergy and is one of the editors of Middleton's Allergy: Principles and Practice. The 3rd edition of his book Allergy was awarded Book of the Year Award by the British Medical Association and Honorary mention by the UK Guild of Writers.

Professor Holgate is a member of the Infection, Inflammation and Repair Division in the School of Medicine, University of Southampton at Southampton General Hospital, UK and since 1987 has held a Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinical Professorship. He received his undergraduate medical training at Charing Cross Hospital, London and specialised in respiratory medicine and allergy. He holds Fellowships from the Royal Colleges of Physicians, Pathologists, Institute of Biology and Academy of Medical Sciences. He is a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution and has been a censor of the Royal College of Physicians, Foundation Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences as well as holding Fellowships of the Royal College of Pathologists and Institute of Biology. He has served on a number of Government Committees including the Subcommittee for Efficacy and Adverse Drug Reactions of the CSM (SEAR), MRC Project Grant Committee, Systems Board and Cross Board Group. He has been Chairman of the UK Department of health Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutions, Chairman of the UK Government (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards (EPAQS) and for 10 years was Chairman of the UK Department of Health Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants. He remains a member of COMEAP as Chairman of its EPAQS Panel. He is currently President of the British Thoracic Society, Chairman of the MRC Physiological Systems and Clinical Sciences Board, member of the MRC Strategy Group and member of the newly established UK Government Translation Medicine Board. In 2007 Stephen was elected to the Board of the World Allergy Organization.

Professor Holgate is co-editor of Clinical and Experimental Allergy and has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He has edited several textbooks on allergy including Asthma and Rhinitis and Allergy, with release of 2nd editions in 2000 and is one of the co-editors of Allergy: Principles and Practice. He has published over 800 papers in peer reviewed journals. His work has been recognised with a Scientific Achievement Award of the IAACI in 1994, the Rhône-Poulenc Rorer World Health Award in 1995, the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine in 1999 and Doctorates Hon Causa at University of Ferrara, Italy and Jagellonian University, Kraków, Poland in 1997 and 1999 respectively.

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J. Andrew Grant

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Dr Grant is a native of Florida and received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in biochemical sciences. After attending Duke Medical School, he did a residency in internal medicine at New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center in New York City. He did a fellowship in immunology with Leroy Hood at the National Institutes of Health and an allergy-immunology clinical fellowship at Johns Hopkins University with Phillip Norman and Lawrence Lichtenstein. In 1973, he established the first basic and clinical research program in allergy in Texas at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Presently he is Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology-Immunology and training program director in allergy-immunology at that institution. He has served as division director and Vice Chair for Research within the Department of Internal Medicine.

Dr Grant has been an active member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology for over three decades. His contributions to this organization include chairing the Training Program Directors' Committee, Mechanisms of Allergy Interest Section, Postgraduate Education Committee, Scientific Workshops and Exhibits Committee, and Immunotherapy Committee. He served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Currently he chairs the In-training Examination Committee.

Dr Grant served as president of the Texas Allergy Asthma and Immunology Society and a director of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He chaired the Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee of the Food and Drugs Administration. Currently he is on the Residency Review Committee for Allergy and Immunology.

Dr Grant's research interests have included mechanisms of cellular activation especially the role of chemokines and novel therapies for allergic disorders. He was a visiting professor at the National Heart and Lung Institute with Professor Barry Kay in 1994. He has authored over 180 publications and chapters and 150 presentations at national and international meetings.

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