From 1 to 5 June 2019 the EAACI Congress greeted once again with a "Welcome to Lisbon"! This year's event centered primarily on precision medicine; with many innovative concepts and ideas on the future of allergology throughout the congress' numerous sessions.
"Portugal and in particular its capital Lisbon embody the long tradition of discovery and progress in Europe. There is, therefore, no better place to start than Lisbon to plan the future of allergology and start shaping it right away," said this year's conference president Ioana Agache.
The curiosity and the thirst for research of past epochs can still be felt and experienced at every corner in Lisbon today. During the "Age of Discovery", Portuguese sailors not only reached new, previously unknown regions of the world but researchers and physicians simultaneously made great progress in understanding human anatomy and physiology.
In the 21st century, allergology is faced with the same challenges. For example, new digital technologies need to be researched and implemented in a meaningful way in everyday practice. Moreover, hardly any other medical discipline requires so much individuality and interdisciplinarity in order to be able to offer patients tailor-made therapies. "We are at the beginning of the age of precision medicine", the conference president outlines the challenges of the near future.
In the spirit of the early Portuguese discoverers, the path to more individual treatment means first and foremost more research and above all a complete documentation of the advantages of new therapeutic approaches for individual patients. This wave of optimism in allergology and the inspirational drive of innovations in the field were at the core of this year's EAACI Congress in Lisbon. Participants from around the globe, shared the enthusiasm to add their contribution in helping shape the "new atlas of allergy care" from the very beginning of the event.