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(SS02) Cross-reactivity of pollen allergy

Organizers: Terumi Midoro-Horiuti,Yasuto Kondo & Reiko Kishikawa

Contact email address: tmidoro@utmb.edu

Purpose: Plants from related species have cross-reactive allergens. Some of the pollen allergens induce oral allergy syndrome (OAS) among pollen allergen sensitized subjects when ingesting food which contain cross-reactive allergens. We will discuss recent findings on cross-reactivities among pollen allergens including OAS.

(SS15) Impact on Climate Change and Aeroallergens, Asthma and Clinical Immunology  (the title was  changed)

Organizers: Anand Bahadur Singh & Jae-Won Oh

Contact email address: singha49@hotmail.com

Purpose: It is now well established that green house gases such as Co2, ozone and also global temperature is increasing all over the world. Records from long term data on pollen monitoring from several countries particularly Europe and USA reveal that the concentration and duration of airborne pollen in the air are increasing and this could be due to early and prolonged flowering season of allergenic pollen. The greater increase in concentration and duration leads to increased exposure of patients with respiratory problems with acute and severe respiratory problems. The increased incidence of respiratory allergic diseases all over the world including developing countries is also partially suspected to be due to global warming.

(SS27) Recent airborne allergenic pollen and spore research: phenological trends in different locations

Organizers: Norio Sahashi, Jae-Won Oh, Reiko Kishikawa & Teiji Kondo

Contact email address: sahashi@phar.toho-u.ac.jp

Purpose: 1. Clarify correlation with annual change and the seasonal variation of the allergenic pollen and spore, and the climate factors.

2. Compare the latest scattering tendency in the different location, and the characteristic scattering pattern by the area exists or not.

3. Explore the compatibility from comparison of the scattering pattern by the gravitational method and the volumetric one.

4. Verify correlation by hourly scattering pattern by automatic monitoring device and climate factor

(SS28) Recent methodology for pollen dispersal forecast

Organizers: Motoo Suzuki, Kyu Rang KIM & Hidetoyo Teranishi

Contact email address: moto@jmbsc.or.jp

Purpose: Currently, pollen allergy has become a worldwide problem. It is important to improve pollen dispersion forecast accuracy in order to avoid pollen exposure. This symposium purposes summarize the recent and advanced forecasting method of the pollen dispersion in the world and discuss both these advantages and disadvantages for the information accuracy and handling simplicity. And then we hope that these results will be induced to be useful in the treatment of symptoms of the pollinosis and the control in the patients increase.

(SS43) New trends of the diagnosis and therapy of pollinosis (Invitation only, in Japanese)

Organizers: Toru Imai & Reiko Kishikawa

Contact email address: imaitoru@tky.3web.ne.jp

Purpose: Pollinosis is a common disease in almost of all countries. Many patients are suffered from pollinosis having severe rhinoconjunctivitis symptoms and lower quality of life (QOL). This session introduce some guidelines which indicate standard therapy, and new method to treat pollinosis.