The Alliance of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology invites Fellows-in-Training to submit Research Abstracts (note: Medically Challenging Case abstract submissions are not eligible for the von Pirqet Awards) for consideration for the Clemens von Pirquet Awards to be presented at the ACAAI 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting, Nov 4 - 8 in New Orleans.
Recipients of the Clemens von Pirquet Awards will:
Three awards will be given for the best Research Abstract on any aspect of allergy/immunology or related fields submitted by Fellows-in-Training in allergy/immunology. In addition to travel scholarships to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting, winners will receive:
Applicants for the Clemens von Pirquet Awards must be Fellows-in-Training in an approved allergy and immunology training program in North America and either be a FIT member of ACAAI or have a membership application on file. Applicants must submit an abstract of original research to which he/she has made a substantive contribution and for which he/she will be the first author and presenter. Case reports may be submitted, however, a strong component of science should be reflected in the case report.
In addition, applicants must submit the following materials to Maureen Knight no later than Monday, July 12, 2021 (5:00 pm Central). (No extensions can be granted.)
Clemens von Pirquet was born into an Austrian aristocratic family. He studied medicine successively in Vienna, Königsberg (today Kaliningrad, Russia), and Graz. During his studies, he developed a strong interest in childhood medicine. In 1902, he began his training in pediatrics in Vienna with another former university classmate, Bela Schick. Their common work allowed them to recognize adverse reactions to antitoxins for which they coined the term allergy. Clemens von Pirquet provided major contributions to the specialty, and was continuously working on both aspects, laboratory research and patient care. In 1908, Dr. von Pirquet was appointed as the first Professor of the newly created Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore. One year later, he decided to return to Europe, first to Breslau (today Wroclaw, Poland) and then to Vienna.
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