Diagnostics in Allergy
Editor: Enrico Scala, MD
Experimental Allergy Unit
Instituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata (IDI)
Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Healthcare (IRCCS)
The Diagnostics in Allergy section will inform you on latest developments in the most important aspects of allergy diagnostics from the perspective of precision medicine. In fact, in the last 15 years the diagnostic approaches in allergology have been totally revolutionized by the development of molecular approaches for the evaluation of IgE sensitization in our patients. Nowadays, it is unthinkable to approach daily clinical practice without evaluating the molecular profile of the patient's reactivity. Totally different clinical pictures can be identified on the basis of the type of molecules recognized, some of which may reveal more severe pictures and others can be associated with milder clinical conditions. The identification of increasingly complex, specific, and reliable diagnostic systems represents a real challenge for the allergology of the new millennium, and this section intends to give its active contribution in this direction. Therefore, we invite our colleagues to send their original works, reviews, and meta-analysis to our section.
About Enrico Scala
Enrico Scala, MD, is currently Head of the Clinical and Laboratory Molecular Allergy unit at the Instituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata (IDI), Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Healthcare (IRCCS) in Rome, Italy. In 2017 he achieved the habilitation as Associate Professor in Internal Medicine. He is a certified specialist in Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
As a clinician and biological researcher, Prof. Dr Enrico Scala has particular interests in the topics of Molecular Allergology (proteomic microarrays in allergology), Respiratory Allergies (rhinitis, asthma diagnosis and treatment), Food Allergy, Allergies to Hymenoptera, Drug allergies, Latex Allergy, Contact Allergies, Atopic dermatitis, Urticaria-Angioedema Syndrome, and Anaphylaxis as well as immunology with a proven ability in the field of Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma (CTCL) where he has distinguished himself by setting up immunological methods to diagnose clonal malignant T-cells by fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) analysis.
Prof. Dr Enrico Scala has authored over 300 publications in these research areas in several international journals. He served as Board Member of the international society, European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) where he is currently a member, along with the national society, Italian Association of Territorial and Hospital Allergists (AAIITO). He is a section editor in the World Allergy Organization Journal.