XVII WORLD ASTHMA CONGRESS
SAINT-PETERSBURG, RUSSIA JULY 5-8,2003
This volume of "Asthma: From Genes to Clinical
Management" contains basic reports delivered at the XVII World Asthma
Congress that was held in St.-Petersburg, Russia, on July 5-8, 2003.
Asthma is a problem of global character. Its prevalence
around the world as well as its severity and mortality rate have made
bronchial asthma one of the most socially significant diseases of today
and the nearest future. Asthma as no other pathology demands consolidation
of various specialists – allergologists, immunologists, pulmonologists,
pediatricians etc. INTERASMA is a Society that includes various medical
specialty areas joining together all those who care patients, regardless
of their medical field of origin. Only their concerted efforts can warrant
successful solution of many problems, which cannot be solved by individual
specialists when working separately.
The world’s leading experts in the field of asthma
accepted our invitation to join us in St.-Petersburg and attend the XVII
World Asthma Congress. They represented the International Association of
Asthmology (INTERASMA), World Allergy Organization – International
Association of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (WAO-IAACI), European
Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), European
Respiratory Society (ERS), American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and
Immunology (AAAAI), American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI),
American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), American Thoracic Society
(ATS), Asia Pacific Association of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (APAACI),
The Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR), Latin American Society of
Allergy and Immunology, Latin American Thoracic Association (ALAT), some
other international organizations and international programs GINA (Global
Initiative for Asthma), ARIA (Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma),
GLORIA (Global Resources in Allergy).
Their reports were included into the Congress Final
Program. Besides, within the framework of the XVII World Asthma Congress a
special plenary session on the GLORIA Program was held together with the
Most of the reports presented at the Congress are
published in this volume.
I sincerely hope that papers presented in this volume
will allow you to obtain new information on the recent advances in the
basic knowledge and clinical management of asthma.
Professor Revaz Sepiashvili, MD, PhD
Tissue Specific Factors in the
Origins and Progression of AsthmaS.T. Holgate, D.M. Davies, S. Puddicombe, R.
Powell and J. Holloway
Update on Genetics of AsthmaM.N. Blumenthal
WHO’s Strategy. Prevention and Control of Chronic
Respiratory DiseasesN. Khaltaev
Evolution in Therapy of Bronchial Asthma R. Sepiashvili and D. Macharadze
Lung Function in Asthma: Relation to Clinics, Challenge
Tests and ImmunotherapyA.G. Palma-Carlos and M.L. Palma-Carlos
Advances in Asthma ManagementA.S. Nayak
Benefits and Risks of Inhaled CorticosteroidsD.F. Graft
The Clinical Efficacy of Inhaled Corticosteroid Therapy
in Adult AsthmaM. Masoli, S. Holt, M. Weatherall and R.
The Global Burden of AsthmaM. Masoli, D. Fabian, S. Holt and R. Beasley
Changes in Monocyte Phenotype and Function During
Allergen Specific ImmunotherapyK. Kowal, L.M. Du Buske and A.
Overview of Antihistamines Including Anti-inflammatory
Effects and Potential Benefits in AsthmaL.M. Du Buske
Allergy Vaccines Based on Allergen-derived B-cell
Therapeutic Approaches Targeting IgE and
mIgE-Expressing B CellsT.W. Chang, H.Y. Chen, J. Huang and B.H. Chen
Pharmacological Treatment of Asthma in the ElderlyE. Melillo
Management of Acute Asthma Attacks in Children with
Inhaled TherapyB. Volovitz and M. Nussinovitch
Outdoor Air Pollution and AsthmaY.-Y. Kim
Respiratory and Other Hypersensitivity Reactions to
The Increase in the Prevalence of Asthma, Bronchial
Hyperreactivity and Atopy in AfricansP.C. Potter
Pharmacoeconomics of AsthmaM.S. Blaiss
Exercise-induced Asthma and Immune System. Impact on
Allergic DisordersS.G. Del Giacco, A. Concu and S.R. Del Giacco
Ethics in Allergy. Many Questions – Few AnswersK. Nekam
Asthma As a Paradigm for Autoimmune DiseaseM. Rottem and Y. Shoenfeld
Urban Air Pollution and the Increasing Trend of
Allergic Respiratory DiseasesG. D’Amato
Airway Remodelling in Asthma A. Chetta, E. Marangio and D. Olivieri
Outdoor and Indoor PollutionG. Viegi, S. Baldacci, A. Scognamiglio and M.
Respirable Allergenic Aerosols Produced from Pollen and
MoldsM.M. Glovsky, P.E. Taylor, R. Esch, A.G.
Miguel, J. House, L. Tran and R.C. Flagan
Fine Structure of Peripheral Blood Lymphocytes of
Patients with AsthmaE. Platkov, Y. Glick, S. Khalemsky, T.
Gerasimova and A. Rubenchik
Slope and PD20 Do Not Have the Same MeaningG. Valerio, P. Bracciale, E. Carpagnano and
Relation Between Occurrence of Type I Diabetes Mellitus
and Atopy in a Paediatric PopulationC. Pedrosa, F. Teixeira, C. Gonçalves, H.
Costa, J. Marques, R.A. Campos, A.P. Cruz, A. Lira, J. Romariz and F.
Surgical Treatment of Patients with Thyroid Pathology
and Concomitant Arterial Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus and Bronchial
AsthmaO.M. Shahsuvarov, F.M. Mirsalimov and F.Kh.
Intrinsic Bronchial Asthma A. Akhunova
Predictable Factors for Clinical Efficacy of
Immunotherapy in Bronchial AsthmaR. Stosovic
Usage of Interferon (IFN-a) and Complex Cytokine
Preparation – Leukinferon (LF) - in Cases of Pediatric Bronchial Asthma
(BA) and Estimation of Their Therapeutic EfficacyE.N. Dolgina, O.I. Yaroshevskaya, D.L.
Belyaev and O.E. Gurevich
Withdrawal of Inhaled Corticosteroids Under Cover of
the Combination of Leucotriene Receptor Antagonists Plus Cromoglycate in
Mild to Moderate AsthmaA. Christopoulos, L. Panteli, P. Goudas, E.
Feggu and E. Iconomopoulou
Common Errors in the Use of Inhaler Devices in ChildrenR. Almeida, C. Pedrosa, H. Costa, J. Romariz
and F. Praça
Clinic Peculiarities of Bronchitis in
Chromiumsensitizated ChildrenM.A. Mamyrbaeva
Pulmonary Blood Circulation and Diastolic Function of
the Right Ventricle of the Heart in the Pregnant with Chronic Obstructive
Pulmonary DiseaseS. Landyshev Yr., S.A. Goryacheva, I.O.
Maslova and E.A. Nedorez
Longitudinal Study of Work Related Respiratory Symptoms
in Workers at Risk of Occupational AsthmaY. Coppieters and D. Piette
Study of Serum Level of Selenium, IL4 IL10 and
Interferon Gamma in Patients with Allergic Asthmatic, Allergic Rhinitis
and Healthy ControlsR. Farid, A. Ranjbar and F. Jabbari Azad
Epidemiology of Atopic Diseases in Saudi ArabiaA. Al Frayh
Recognizing the Most Important Risk Factors in
Diagnosing Pediatric Asthma with Decision TreesM.S. Kavalar, P. Povalej, M. Homšak, P. Kokol
and M.M. Stiglic
Bronchial Asthma in the Zone of Radioisotopes PollutionE.A. Rudnitsky, A.V. Sobolev and V.N.
Prevalence of Allergic Diseases Symptoms in Children in
TransbaikaliaI.N. Gaimolenko and I.R. Akhmetgaleeva