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World leader to speak at Allergy New Zealand AGM

Professor Innes Asher will be the keynote speaker at Allergy New Zealand’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday 14 August.

Professor Asher, from the University of Auckland’s Department of Paediatrics, was recently awarded the Liley Medal for her research into the prevalence of asthma and allergic disease in children worldwide.

Professor Asher’s presentation will be from 7.30pm – 8.30pm, at the Jubilee Hall, 545 Parnell Road, Newmarket, Auckland and is open to the public for a gold coin donation, as well as to members. It will be followed by a light supper, and the Annual General Meeting.

Professor Asher leads the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC), a major worldwide research programme, with key coordination from New Zealand, studying asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and atopic eczema.

Her research has studied almost half a million school children in 56 countries to determine whether the prevalence of asthma, rhinitis and eczema had changed.

In addition to providing new evidence that environmental factors determine prevalence of asthma and allergic disease, the study has produced an effective research model which can monitor public health internationally and engage researchers worldwide.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Allergy New Zealand on 09 623 3912 or email allergy@allergy.org.nz