Named Lectures




Named Lectures

Each year, the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology presents several named lectures during the Annual Scientific Meeting. The Bela Schick, John P. McGovern, Bernard Berman and Edward J. O'Connell lectures are presented annually. The Luisa Businco Lecture is presented during the International Food Allergy Symposium.

The allergists selected to present named lectures embody the high standards and achievements of the physicians for whom the lectures are named. The College is proud to present the following named lectures at its 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting. All lectures will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center.


Luisa Businco Lecture

Harmonization, Differences in Guidelines, Unmet Needs and Implementation Barriers
Jonathan Hourihane, MD

International Food Allergy Symposium
Thursday, Nov. 7, 8:05 – 8:35 am

The Businco Lecture is named in honor of Professor Luisa Businco of Rome, Italy. Her hard work in providing excellent patient care, effective teaching and quality research led to significant advances in understanding several aspects of pediatric food allergy. Her clinical and laboratory research was focused on the development, prediction and prevention of allergy in children. Dr. Businco worked with dedication to promote the specialty of pediatric allergy, and her work continues in the careers of the many physicians taught and trained by her. This lecture is presented during the International Food Allergy Symposium.


Edward J. O'Connell Memorial Lecture

GRADEing Eosinophilic Esophagitis: What Is the Role of the Allergist?
Matthew Rank, MD, FACAAI

Saturday, Nov. 9, 8:05 – 8:30 am

This annual lectureship was established to honor the legacy of Dr. O'Connell, a past president of the College and past editor-in-chief of Annals, who was a caring, compassionate physician with a life-long passion for serving children. He was an adept educator and authored nearly 100 original articles, along with many book chapters related to allergy and immunology.


John P. McGovern Lecture

Rewilding the Microbiome: The Importance of Ecological Approaches to Immune Health
Susan Prescott, MD, MBBS, PhD

Sunday, Nov. 10, 8:45 – 9:05 am

This annual lectureship is supported by a grant from the John P. McGovern Foundation. The Foundation sought to establish a lectureship that would recognize eminent physicians and scientists, both clinicians and researchers, who have contributed meritoriously to the advancement of knowledge in the specialty of allergy-immunology. Dr. McGovern was a past president of the College and a strong leader in the field of patient care.


Bernard Berman Memorial Lecture

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Bryan L. Martin, DO, FACAAI

Monday, Nov. 11, 8:05 – 8:25 am

The annual Bernard Berman Memorial Lecture recognizes a kind, caring clinician-allergist with interests in the various aspects of allergy and a passion for teaching. The Memorial Lecture is a testament to Dr. Berman’s caring nature, unique skills as a gifted teacher and unselfish compassion for his patients. He was a past president of the College and one of the founders of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.


Bela Schick Lecture

Something Special, Is It the Specialty or the Practitioner?
Michael R. Nelson, MD, PhD, FACAAI

Monday, Nov. 11, 8:45 – 9:05 am

The annual Bela Schick Lecture is named in honor of one of medicine’s most respected scientists. Bela Schick was born in Hungary and attended medical school in Austria. After serving as Extraordinary Professor of Children’s Diseases at the University of Vienna, he immigrated to the United States in 1923. He was a pediatrician at Mt. Sinai in New York for many years, loved by his patients and respected by his fellows. Dr. Schick is best known for his work with Clemens von Pirquet on anaphylaxis and for the test he developed to assess immunity in diphtheria.

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