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The International Society of Inflammation and Allergy of the Nose (ISIAN)

David W. Kennedy

David W. Kennedy, M.D, FACS, FRCSI
General Secretary,
Rhinology Professor, Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

I would like to welcome you to the International Society of Inflammation and Allergy of the Nose. ISIAN was originally founded in 1976 as the International Symposium on Infection and Allergy of the Nose. The founder, Professor Ryo Takahashi, was an international leader within the field of treatment of sinus disease with a strong desire to both further knowledge about rhinology and sinus disease, and to disseminate research about these disorders. After thriving through 32 international meetings as an informal organization, the ISIAN officially became incorporated as The International Society of Inflammation and Allergy of the Nose in 2014.

With the epidemic of allergic and inflammatory airway disease throughout the world, the importance of ISIAN cannot be underestimated. Clinical research has created markedly increased recognition of the enormous impact that nasal and sinus disease has on quality of life. This impact includes nasal and sinus symptoms, a major impact on overall quality of life, absenteeism from work, as well as sleep disturbance, reduced daytime wakefulness and ability to concentrate, as well major health care costs and associated socioeconomic impact.

Because of the enormous impact of airway disorders and their international prevalence, very successful annual meetings have been held in many countries since the ISIAN's original founding and have had a major impact on physician practice. ISIAN ensures that researchers within the field are brought together to discuss their work, and to disseminate their knowledge with practitioners in the field, thereby providing maximal benefit to both patients and to the general public. In addition to its regular meetings, ISIAN members disseminate their knowledge through the official journal of the Society, the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology and other scientific publications.

ISIAN membership is open to physicians and surgeons who include disorders of the airways in their practice and to researchers with an interest in this field, and membership application is made online. Annual meetings provide both an opportunity to disseminate knowledge and to interact with others performing basic research or clinical work within this rapidly evolving field. Every other year, the ISIAN meeting has traditionally been held in conjunction with the European Rhinologic Society. However, ISIAN also has a special commitment to education in the Far East, as well as in developing countries. Bringing together both allergists and surgeons, as well as basic scientists who work in the fields of upper airway diseases, ISIAN provides a truly unique opportunity for education and for the interchange of research within the field. Through this route we have been able to bring cutting edge concepts to deal with this burgeoning problem to people as far apart as Manilla, London, Amsterdam, Yaroslavl, Kuala Lumpur and Philadelphia.

Members who are truly pre-eminent and internationally recognized within their field can also apply to the ISIAN board to be considered as a potential host of a future ISIAN meeting within their country. Papers from meetings are usually published either in the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology or in one of the leading medical or research journals. It is our hope that all otolaryngologists and allergists will join ISIAN and have the opportunity to participate in one of our meetings at some point in the future.

Sincerely,

David W. Kennedy, M.D, FACS, FRCSI

General Secretary,

Rhinology Professor, Perelman School of Medicine

University of Pennsylvania

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