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2018 TAAIS Annual Meeting

Cedar Creek, TX US
April 6, 2018 to April 8, 2018

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The 2018 TAAIS Annual Meeting, spanning three half-days, will offer state-of-the-art advances in allergic, asthmatic and immunologic diseases. Nationally renowned experts from across the U.S. will engage the practicing allergist/immunologist and discuss the most challenging problems in patients with allergies, asthma and immunodeficiencies. In addition, Allergy fellows-in-training will provide a first-hand snapshot of the exciting allergy/immunology research going on in the State of Texas.

Target Audience

  • Allergist/immunologists
  • Allied health practitioners
  • PhDs/PharmDs
  • Allergy fellows-in-training

Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain phenotypes and therapeutic options for chronic rhinosinusitis
  • Describe current topics and concerns for allergists in compliant coding
  • Recognize key findings on endoscopy or CT scans that suggest sinusitis or other disease
  • Discuss the appropriate evaluations prior to IgG therapy, recognize alternative routes of
    administration and identify & manage adverse events related to IgG therapy
  • Describe the various treatment strategies currently available for food allergies, those that
    should be available in the near future, and those treatments in the early pipeline
  • Explain both the general principles and practical details of performing an oral food challenge
    safely and most effectively
  • Identify some differentiating features of eczematous rashes seen in the allergy office but that
    aren’t allergic
  • Recognize disorders that may mimic the presentation of asthma, and utilize appropriate
    testing to differentiate
  • Discuss the most recent treatment advances for eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Explain the evolving landscape of acute and prophylactic therapy for HAE
Available credit: 
  • 11.00 Attendance
    Attendance credit.
  • 11.00 CME
    CME credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/06/2018 - 6:00am CDT
Event ends: 
04/08/2018 - 10:00am CDT
DateStart TimeEnd TimePresentation TopicFaculty
April 67:15AM8:00AMBreakfast & Registration 
 8:00AM9:00AMRecent Advances in Management of Chronic RhinosinusitisPete S. Batra, MD
 9:00AM10:00AMCoding Issues for the Allergist in 2018Teresa Thompson
 10:00AM10:30AMBreak with the Exhibitors 
 10:30AM11:30AMEndoscopy and CT Imaging of the Sinuses: All that Sniffles is not AllergyPete S. Batra, MD
 11:30AM12:30PMWilliam T. Shearer, MD, PhD Honorary Lecture: Practical Tips for Gammaglobulin TherapyMaite de la Morena, MD
 12:30PM Adjourn 
April 77:15AM8:00AMBreakfast 
 8:00AM9:00AMAndrew Grant, MD Honorary Lecture: Emerging Treatments for Food AllergyHugh Sampson, MD
 9:00AM10:00AM15-Minute Presentations by Allergy Fellows-in-Training 
 9:00AM9:15AMDoes Inpatient Penicillin Skin Testing Lead to Improved Health Outcomes?Shyam Joshi, MD
 9:15AM9:30AMSafety and Efficacy of a 12-week Maintenance Interval in Patients Treated with Imported Fire Ant Immunotherapy: An Interim UpdateRebecca Schapira, DO
 9:30AM9:45AMELISpot Predicts Drug Sensitivity in an In Vivo ModelZachary Marshall, MD
 9:45AM10:00AMRSV Bronchiolitis is a Major Cause of Morbidity and Illness among ChildrenJeffrey Chambliss, MD
 10:00AM10:30AMBreak with the Exhibitors 
 10:30AM11:30AMConducting an Oral Food ChallengeHugh Sampson, MD
 11:30AM12:30PMEczematous Rashes seen in the Allergist's OfficeLuz Fonacier, MD
 12:30PM Adjourn 
April 87:00AM7:30AMBreakfast 
 7:30AM8:30AMAsthma Mimics: Differential Diagnosis & TestingWilliam Calhoun, MD
 8:30AM9:30AMRecent Treatment Updates for Eosinophilic EsophagitisCarla Davis, MD
 9:30AM10:00AMBreak with the Exhibitors 
 10:00AM11:00AMHereditary Angioedema: Where are We going from Here?William Lumry, MD
 11:00AM Adjourn 
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa
575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd.
Cedar Creek, TX 78612
United States

Planning Committee
Louise Bethea, MD FAAAAI
Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Care Center, The Woodlands, TX
Relevant relationships: None

J. Andrew Bird, MD FAAAAI
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Relevant relationships: DBV Technologies (speaker, advisory board, researcher), Aimmune (speaker, advisory board, researcher)

Theodore Freeman, MD FAAAAI
San Antonio Asthma and Allergy Clinic, Helotes, TX
Relevant relationships: None

David Khan, MD FAAAAI
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Relevant relationships: Aimmune (advisory board)

Connie Mawer
Texas Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society, Austin, TX
Relevant relationships: None

Vivek Rao, MD
Advanced Allergy and Asthma Care, Odessa, TX
Relevant relationships: None

Pete Batra, MD
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL 
Relevant relationships: Optinose (advisory board), Medtronic (researcher), Springer (royalties)

M. Teresa De La Morena, MD
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Relevant relationships: None

Shyam Joshi, MD
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Relevant relationships: None

Hugh Sampson, MD FAAAAI
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
Relevant relationships: DBV Technologies (CSO), N-Fold (consultant)

Rebecca Schapira, DO
San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, Lackland AFB, TX
Relevant relationships: None

Teresa Thompson, CPC CMSCS CCC
T M Consulting, Inc., Carlsborg, WA
Relevant relationships: None

Content Reviewers
Becky Buelow, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Relevant relationships: None

Kevin Parks, MD FAAAAI
AAC/CRI of Southern Oregon, Medford, OR
Relevant relationships: None

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

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of AAAAI and the Texas Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society. The AAAAI is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology designates this enduring material for a maximum of 11.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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    Attendance credit.
  • 11.00 CME
    CME credit.


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