AAAAI-NAIA/JACI: In Practice Virtual Journal Club: March 27, 2024

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This live webinar will occur on March 27, 2024
A recording will be published shortly afterwards. This recording will be available until February 28, 2025

Evaluation of possible mast cell activation syndrome and food allergy are common reasons for referrals to allergist/immunologists, and both require careful evaluation to identify their presence or absence. Research regarding prevalence and diagnosis of both conditions is thus very relevant to the practice of our specialty. The first research article to be discussed showed that idiopathic mast cell activation syndrome is an uncommon condition among patients suspected of having mast cell disorders, but it is more common in patients with a history of unprovoked anaphylaxis. The article provides guidance regarding how to confirm a diagnosis of mast cell activation syndrome in patients suspected of having the diagnosis. The second article showed that 40% of fish-allergic individuals were tolerant to selected fish species and provided guidance for identifying tolerated fish species in fish-allergic patients. The thorough discussion of the strengths, limitations, and clinical applicability of these articles by experts in the field that is provided in the Virtual Journal Club format should allow the listener to use the information in these studies most appropriately in their clinical practice.

The March 27, 2024 webinar will focus on two journal articles:


Moderator: Clinton Dunn, MD

NAIA Speaker: Jacqueline Squire, MD
Mentor Speaker: Cem Akin, MD PhD FAAAAI


NAIA Speaker: Joel Brooks, DO MPH FAAAAI            
Mentor Speaker: Punita Ponda, MD FAAAAI


Target Audience

  • Allergist/Immunologists
  • Fellows-in-Training

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the appropriate diagnostic approach in patients with suspected idiopathic mast cell activation syndrome (Title: Low Prevalence of Idiopathic Mast Cell Activation Syndrome Among 703 Patients With Suspected Mast Cell Disorders)
  • Explain the optimal approach to identifying tolerated specific fish species in patients who are allergic to some fish species (Title: Real-World Sensitization and Tolerance Pattern to Seafood in Fish-Allergic Individuals)
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Attendance
    Attendance credit.
  • 1.00 CME
    CME credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Member cost:

The information disclosed by the speakers and planning committee was reviewed in accordance with the AAAAI Disclosure Policy. All potential conflicts of interest were mitigated by the planners, faculty and reviewers prior to their participation in the development of this activity.

Planning Committee

Canting Guo, MD
FDA, Silver Spring, MD
Relevant relationships: None

Carolyn Baloh, MD
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Relevant relationships: None

Christina Kwong, MD FAAAAI
Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, AZ
Relevant relationships: None

Michael Schatz
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Diego, CA
Relevant relationships: None

Christine Panganiban, MD MS
Hoag Medical Group, Foothill Ranch, CA
Relevant relationships: None



Clinton Dunn, MD
Children's Specialty Group/Children's Hospital of the King's Daughter, Norfolk, VA
Relevant relationships: None


Jacqueline Squire, MD
Duke University, Durham, NC
Relevant relationships: TBD

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Relevant relationships: TBD

Joel Brooks, DO MPH FAAAAI
 Columbia University, New York, NY
Relevant relationships: TBD

Punita Ponda, MD FAAAAI
Northwell Health System, Bayside, NY
Relevant relationships: TBD


Content Reviewer



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Designation Statement

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology designates this other activity (live webinar & video recording) for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Credit Claiming Period

Credit claiming for this activity will expire at 11:59 pm on February 28, 2025. Requests to claim credit on or after March 1, 2025 will be subject to an administrative fee.


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    Attendance credit.
  • 1.00 CME
    CME credit.


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