The Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Association of Thailand (AAIAT)

Society Profile

In 1977, the Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Association of Thailand (AAIAT) was founded as a club of allergists and immunologists to meet as a social group with common interests in the field of allergy and immunology in Thailand. Then it became a society and on April 4, 1984, it was legally registered as “The Allergy and Immunology Society of Thailand” (AIST). Since then, we have been publishing “Asian Pacific Journal of Allergy and Immunology”, our society’s official journal.

Our association, along with other Asian national societies, founded the first Asia regional society, the "Asian Pacific Federation of Allergology and Immunology Society," in 1989, and conducted its first meeting on October 26-29, 1989 in Bali, Indonesia.

Prof. Montri Tuchinda, AIST president, proposed that the federation be expanded to include more members from Southeast Asia and South Asia countries, and that the federation's name be changed to "Asia Pacific Association of Allergology and Clinical Immunology" (APAACI) for the first time in 1992, with Prof. Montri Tuchinda elected as the first president of APAACI. The first congress was place in Bangkok from November 22 to November 26, 1992.

In 1991, AIST collaborated with other immunology societies in Asia to form the “Federation of the Immunological Societies of Asia-Oceania” (FIMSA), with Prof. Dr. Stitaya Sirisinha of Thailand serving as the founding committee and executive committee of FIMSA from 1991 to 1994. FIMSA is also a member of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS). Later in the year, on January 23-27, 2000, AIST convened the second FIMSA Congress in Bangkok, where Prof. Stitaya Sirisinha of Thailand was elected President of FIMSA Councils.

Since then, AIST has expanded its membership to include allergists, immunologists, clinical immunologists, and other medical professionals with an interest in allergy and immunology.

AIST was renamed “The Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Association of Thailand” (AAIAT) in 2010 to reflect its expanded scope of interests, which included allergy, asthma, and immunology at the time.

Vision:

The Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Association of Thailand will be the nation's most trusted professional and public resource.

Mission:

The Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Association of Thailand will be the National Center for disseminating knowledge, stimulating research and providing standard cares for people and society in the areas of allergy, asthma, and immunology.

AAIAT has a national academic meeting twice a year: in the early spring for the annual meeting and in the early fall for the semi-annual meeting.

AAIAT has hosted several international immunology conferences, including

-FIMSA Congresses in 2000 (the 2nd) and 2018 (the most recent) (the 7th)

-The 6th FIMSA Advanced Training Course: Molecular Mechanisms of Infection and Immunity in Phra Nakorn Si Ayutthaya, Thailand, in 2002

-The 12th FIMSA Advanced Immunology Training Course: Innate Immunity in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in 2013

Since 2002, AAIAT has organized numerous activities to raise public awareness about primary immunodeficiency diseases, including Global Day of Immunology, as well as assisting in the formation of the Thai Patient Organization of Primary Immunodeficiency (ThaiPOPI), which was founded in 2014.


Other Details

Country: Thailand

Regional Federation: Federation of Immunological Societies of Asia-Oceania (FIMSA)

Society Website: allergy.or.th/


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