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.
Dr Thong graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1994. He subsequently went on to do his residency in rheumatology and clinical immunology/allergy at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore from 1999 to 2002 followed by a clinical fellowship in paediatric and adult clinical immunology/allergy at the University of Southampton and Southampton General Hospital, United Kingdom from 2002 to 2003. He is Head and Senior Consultant at the Department of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and is author or co-author of over 20 peer-reviewed publications. He is a member of the institutional review board for Clinical Immunology/Allergy and Rheumatology of the National Healthcare Group, Singapore; member of the Rheumatology Specialist Training Committee; President of the Singapore Society of Rheumatology and Secretary of the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Society (Singapore). He is also a member of the Adverse Reactions to Drugs and Biologicals Committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; and member of the Web Editorial Board, and Drug Allergy and Anaphylaxis Special Committees of the World Allergy Organization.
Dr Miguel Blanca graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Granada, Spain, in 1975. He undertook specialist training in allergy from 1976 to 1979 at Carlos Haya Hospital, Malaga, in the Department of Internal Medicine. Between 1980 and 1982 he undertook further training in allergy and immunology at the Middlesex Hospital, London, UK in the department of Professor Ivan Roit. He was a staff member of the Allergy Unit at Carlos Haya Hospital from 1983 to 1999, and from 1997 to 1999 he was director of the research unit of Carlos Haya Hospital. Between 2000 and 2003 he was chief of the Allergy Service at La Paz Hospital, Madrid, Spain. Currently, he is Head of the Allergy Service at Carlos Haya Hospital. Dr Blanca has published more than 140 original manuscripts in peer review journals and is a member of the American Academy for Allergy and Immunology, the European Academy of Allergy, the Colegium Allergologicum Internationale and several Spanish national societies and research institutes.
Dr Freeman graduated from the University of South Florida College of Medicine, USA and did his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine (IM) at Jacksonville, Florida and Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center, Biloxi Mississippi. He did his adult and pediatric allergy and immunology (AI) training at Wilford Hall Medical Center. He did a year of clinical lab immunology (CLI) at Massachusettes General Hospital in Boston. He was the training program director of allergy/immunology fellowship at Wilford Hall from 1989 to 2004. He retired from the United States Air Force in 2001 with the rank of Colonel.
Dr Freeman is board certified in IM, A/I and CLI. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Asthma Allergy and Immunology and the American College of Asthma Allergy and Immunology. He has served on the Residency Review Committee for Allergy/Immunology (part of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) and the Advisory Council for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (part of NIH). He has also served on the Board of Governors of the Texas Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society, and on the Board of Governors of the San Antonio Region of the American Lung Association. He has served as president of both the Society of Air Force Physicians and the Association of Uniformed Services Allergists and Immunologists. He is currently the region 5 Governor for the Federation of Regional State and Local Allergy Asthma and Immunology Societies. He is currently in the private practice of allergy and immunology in San Antonio, Texas.
Professor Gideon Lack is Head of the Children's Allergy Service at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, and Professor of Paediatric Allergy at King's College London, UK. He is Clinical Lead in Adult and Paediatric Allergy. He read medicine at Oxford University before training as a Paediatrician in New York, and then specialising in Paediatric and Adult Allergy in Denver, Colorado, USA.
He led the Department of Paediatric Allergy and Immunology at St Mary's Hospital, London for 12 years and became Professor of Paediatric Allergy and Immunology at Imperial College London in 2005. He moved to King's College London at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in May 2006.
His research has focused on the prevalence of food allergies in children, and the relationship between food allergies, eczema, and asthma. He is currently working on novel immunomodulatory treatments for food allergies and on developing new strategies to prevent the development of allergies and asthma in children and adults.