Pediatric allergy and immunology in China

Gary W.K. Wong, Jing Li, Yi Xiao Bao, Jiu Yao Wang, Ting Fan Leung, Luan Luan Li, Jie Shao, Xin Yuan Huang, En Mei Liu, Kun Ling Shen, Yu Zhi Chen

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Over the past 30 years, China has enjoyed rapid economic development along with urbanization at a massive scale that the world has not experienced before. Such development has also been associated with a rapid rise in the prevalence of allergic disorders. Because of the large childhood population in the country, the burden of childhood allergic disorders has become one of the major challenges in the healthcare system. Among the Chinese centers participating in the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood, the data clearly showed a continuing rise in the prevalence of asthma, allergic rhinitis, and atopic eczema. However, the discipline of pediatric allergy in mainland China is still in its infancy due to the lack of formal training program and subspecialty certification. Clinicians and researchers are increasingly interested in providing better care for patients with allergies by establishing pediatric allergy centers in different regions of the country. Many of them have also participated in national or international collaborative projects hoping to answer the various research questions related to the discipline of pediatric allergy and immunology. It is our hope that the research findings from China will not only improve the quality of care of affected children within this country but also the millions of patients with allergies worldwide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-132
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric Allergy and Immunology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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