TEAM

 

Leadership

Claus Bachert

Claus Bachert

Belgium

Jean Bousquet

Jean Bousquet

France

Wytske Fokkens

Wytske Fokkens

The Netherlands

Peter Hellings

Peter Hellings

Belgium

Scientific Advisory Board

Asthma

Prof. G. Joos, Belgium

Prof. F. de Blay, France

Prof. C. Virchow, Germany

Prof. W. Canonica, Italia

Prof. M. Jutel, Poland

Prof. I. Agache, Romania

Prof. S. Quirce, Spain

Prof. C. Akdis, Switzerland

Prof. D. Price, UK

Rhinitis

Prof. P. Gevaert, Belgium

Prof. E. Valovirta, Finland

Prof. S. Toppila-Salmi, Finland

Prof. T. Zuberbier, Germany

Prof. O. Pfaar, Germany

Prof. A. Valiulis, Lithuania

Prof. M. Wickman, Sweden

Prof. M. Akdis, Switzerland

Prof. J. Bousquet, France

Rhinosinusitis

Prof. H. Rhiechelmann, Austria

Prof. M. Jorissen, Belgium

Prof. T. Hummel, Germany

Prof. J. Mullol, Spain

Prof. L-O. Cardel, Sweden

Prof. W. Fokkens, The Netherlands

Prof. C. Bachert, Belgium

Prof. V. Lund, UK

Prof. P. Hellings, Belgium

Dr. B. Landis, Switzerland

Nose & Sinus Surgery

Prof. W. Hosemann, Germany

Prof. A. Leunig, Germany

Prof. I. Constantinidis, Greece

Prof. P. Castelnuovo, Italy

Prof. M. Bernal, Spain

Prof. C. Hopkins, UK

Prof. M. Onerci, Turkey

Prof. W. Gubisch, Germany

Prof. D. à Wengen, Switzerland

Prof. P. Palma, Italy

Management Team

Gert Marien

Gert Marien

Managing Director

Belgium

Chris Coppije

Chris Coppije

Director special projects

Belgium

Benoit Pugin

Benoit Pugin

Scientific manager

Switzerland

Sven Seys

Sven Seys

Scientific manager

Belgium

Belgin Topkaya

Belgin Topkaya

Event Manager

Belgium

Carine Decorte

Carine Decorte

Event Manager

Belgium

Amy Quinn

Amy Quinn

Event Manager

UK

Grégoire Tolstoï

Grégoire Tolstoï

Event Manager

Belgium

Björn Crul

Björn Crul

Audiovisual team

Belgium

Gauthier Fabri

Gauthier Fabri

Audiovisual team

Belgium

Online educational team

Dr. Marjolein Cornet, The Netherlands

Dr. Maria Doulaptsi, Greece

Dr. Valérie Hox, Belgium

Dr. Andreas Steinsvik, Norway

Dr. Pavol Surda, UK

Dr. Peter-Valentin Tomazic, Austria

Dr. Laura Van Gerven, Belgium

Claus Bachert

Claus Bachert currently serves as Professor and Head of Clinics of the Department of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, and received a long-term scientific mandate to chair the Upper Airway Research Laboratory at the University of Ghent, Belgium. Prof. Bachert also holds the position of Vice President of the German Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and serves on the Board of Directors for the World Allergy Organization. He is a member of the World Health Organization Initiative on Allergy Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma (ARIA), the European Position Paper on Polyps and Sinusitis (EPOS), and is currently participating in two scientific projects (Predicta and MedALL) for the European Research Program.

Prof. Bachert is a specialist in ENT and Allergy. Professor Bachert's research interests include understanding the pathomechanisms of airway inflammation; including allergic rhinitis, nasal polyposis and chronic rhinosinusitis. He has published more than 240 international papers and 50 book chapters; with a focus on Staphylococcus aureus superantigens, interleukin-5, T-cell regulation, tissue remodeling and disease phenotypes. His clinical expertise in rhinology includes endoscopic sinus surgery, tumor and scull base surgery. He also organizes an International Yearly Course on Endoscopic Sinus Surgery.

Jean Bousquet

Jean Bousquet is a Professor of Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Montpellier in France. For 13 years, Dr. Bousquet was Director of the INSERM Laboratory for the Immunopathology of Asthma and also held the position of President of the Societé Française d’Allergologie et d’Immunologie Clinique. He is recognized as past chairman of the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) and as  founder and Chairman of ARIA (Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma), in collaboration with the World Health Organization.

In addition to a teaching position in Allergy and Pulmonary Medicine at the Montpellier University, Dr. Bousquet is Chairman of the WHO Global Alliance Against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD), Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Asthma and Rhinitis in Montpellier, and Vice-President of the European Union-funded Network of Excellence GA2LEN (Global Allergy and Asthma European Network).  For many years, Professor Bousquet’s research was focused on Mediterranean allergens and allergen-specific immunotherapy. Subsequently, he became interested in asthma research, particularly in demonstrating the role of inflammation as related to disease severity.   He proposed the concept of airways remodeling in asthma, which became a focus for research. He also studies the relationship between asthma and rhinitis as co-morbidities, particularly in severely affected patients. He now focuses on severe asthma.

Professor Bousquet has edited and authored numerous publications, including 10 books and over 525 peer-reviewed papers. He served as editor of The European Respiratory Review from 1998 to 2002 and is presently serving as Editor-in-Chief of Allergy. He is or has been a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Clinical Experimental Allergy, Allergy Clinical Immunology International, Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, International Archives of Allergy and Applied Immunology, and International Allergology.

Wytske Fokkens

Wytske J. Fokkens is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. Her main field of interest is sinus surgery and mucosal pathology of the upper and lower airways. She is the current President of the European Rhinologic Society (ERS) and the International Society of Infection and Allergy of the Nose (ISIAN). She is also the Chairman of the European Position Paper on Rhinosinusitis and Nasal Polyps (EPOS). Professor Fokkens is a member of the executive committees of ARIA and ERS, and work package and centre leader of GA2LEN, the EU network of excellence. She is the author of more than 300 papers on allergy and rhinology published in peer-reviewed journals. She has written a textbook on rhinology: Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery: From the Lab to the Operating Room – An Evidence Based Approach (Thieme). She serves as Editor-in-Chief of Rhinology and is Associate Editor of the Allergy and Clinical Respiratory Journals.

Peter Hellings

Peter Hellings has held various posts at the University Hospital Leuven (UZ Leuven) since 2004, where he has been professor since 2012. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Hellings is also a researcher at the Clinical Immunology Laboratory. He is a member of the Flemish Agency for Care and Health, and has served as the Belgian representative in the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery and coordinator of the Excellence in Rhinoplasty course at KU Leuven since 2008.

Peter Hellings conducts research into the mechanisms of chronic upper respiratory tract conditions, with a particular focus on allergic rhinitis such as hay fever and the non-allergic form that causes similar symptoms of stuffy nose and sneezing. A further area of interest is chronic rhinosinusitis – an inflammation of the mucous membrane in the nasal passage and sinuses – and in functional and aesthetic nasal problems. His research spans the entire spectrum from animal research to in vitro and clinical studies. He has received various research grants and international awards for his scientific work. Hellings has also authored many articles in leading scientific journals including Nature, Lancet, Allergy, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Journal of Clinical Investigation and Journal of Immunology.

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