The Swiss Society for Allergology and Immunology (SSAI) consists of members across Switzerland, bringing together basic scientists, medical specialists and clinicians. A major aim of SSAI is to encourage collaboration between these interdisciplinary fields. The SSAI is also actively involved in different aspects of national health politics providing support and help in formulating regulations governing practical aspects of the work of physicians specialising in allergy and immunology.
The society also organizes an annual congress, a research meeting for PhD students, continuous medical education courses as well as the specialist examination. In addition, the SSAI provides fellowships to encourage young colleagues to attend international meetings and present their research.
The annual scientific meeting of the SSAI brings together clinical, translational and basic science in allergy and immunology and provides an important forum for practitioners. Because of the society’s relatively small size (presently approx. 500 members), these meetings are combined with those of other Swiss societies linked to allergy and immunology, such as those representing the disciplines of dermatology, pneumology or infectious diseases.
In the year 2017 the SSAI and the Swiss Society of Paediatrics (SSP) are hosting a Joint SSP/SSAI Annual Congress 2017, entitled “Crossroads of Interdisciplinary Medicine”.
This congress is jointly organized with the 4th Lymphoid Tissue Meeting (LTM4) with a special focus on stromal cells.