Current Opinion in Allergy & 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.
Dr Milgrom has been on the staff of the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver for the past 20 years. He presently holds the appointments of Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Clinical Science at the University of Colorado, USA. He treats both adult and pediatric patients who suffer from allergic disorders, asthma, chronic cough, vocal cord dysfunction and atopic dermatitis. His long-standing interests are adherence with treatment regimens and the therapy of asthma. Most recently he has participated in the Atopic Dermatitis Vaccinia Network headed by Dr Donald Leung. His goal is to provide high quality clinical care to patients, scrutinize the quality of that care and refine and pioneer better diagnostic and treatment methods. He holds the views that basic science helps us to understand the biology of disease, and that clinical problems help us to identify new areas for investigation.
University professor Ralph Mösges, FAAAAI (MD, PhD) is an otorhinolaryngologist and allergist. He resides in Cologne, Germany. Ralph Mösges is a Professor of Medical Informatics at 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, Germany. His current major research fields are allergology, epidemiology, and clinical pharmacology of infectious diseases. Ralph Mösges is the author and editor of seven books and has published more than 150 articles. Professor Mösges is a member of the German, the European and the American Academies of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and of the German Academy of Otorhinolaryngology, for which he serves on the guidelines committee.
Alessandro Fiocchi MD is the Director of Paediatrics at the Fatebenefratelli-Melloni University Hospital in Milan, Italy and is an expert in the field of food allergy. After post-graduate degrees and professional qualification in paediatrics, allergology, pulmonology, and neonatology, he dedicated his research and clinical work to the care of children with asthma and allergic disease. Currently, he leads a research group focusing on food, cow's milk and beef allergies, asthma, and specific immunotherapy. This group is based in the Maternal and Child Medicine Department of a University Hospital in Milan which includes an emergency pediatric department. Since 2001, he has organized international meetings in Milan, Italy, and other countries. He has founded and presides over the Italian Research Foundation for Allergy and Asthma in Childhood – Allegria ONLUS, a charity dedicated to clinical and research studies. As Chair of the Adverse Reactions to Foods Committee of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, he co-chaired with Sami Bahna the XI International Food Allergy Symposium, New Orleans, LA, USA, in 2003. During the World Allergy Congress 2007 of Bangkok he and Hugh Sampson were co-chairs of the Food Allergy Symposium. Since January 2008, Dr Fiocchi has been the Chair of the Special Committee on Food Allergy of the World Allergy Organization. His publications cover the fields of food allergy diagnosis, follow-up, epidemiology, specific immunotherapy and childhood asthma.
Dr Anna Nowak-Węgrzyn is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, USA. She graduated from N. Copernicus Academy of Medicine in Cracow, Poland. She completed pediatric residency training at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, USA and an allergy and immunology fellowship training at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr Nowak-Węgrzyn is a member of American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the President of the New York Allergy and Asthma Society.
Dr Nowak-Węgrzyn's research interests focus on egg and milk allergy, pollen-food allergy syndrome, food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome, novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to food allergy and oral tolerance induction with extensively heated dietary milk and egg proteins. She received 2004 Junior Faculty Development Award from American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology / Schering-Plough. Subsequently she was awarded a 5-year National Institutes of Health grant to study egg allergy in children. She has published over 44 articles in peer-reviewed journals, nine book chapters, and has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences.