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Welcome!

The Alliance of the ACAAI invites all meeting attendees to bring their spouse or life partner to the 2013 ACAAI Annual Scientific Meeting, this November 7-11 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Who We Are and What We Do:
The Alliance is a component organization of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology whose members are spouses of College members. We foster friendships, support College awards and grants and assist in the success of the annual meeting. We are composed of men and women dedicated to bringing its members into a more active affiliation with the educational and cultural mission of the College by establishing scholarships and travel grants for young ACAAI investigators, providing a program of educational and social activities in the convention city and cultivating and strengthening a family atmosphere among its members.

Since its inception in 1954, the Alliance has supported and augmented the activities of the College and its mission of education by encouraging the growth of the specialty of allergy and clinical immunology. Through its dues, the Alliance provides three Clemens von Pirquet Awards and travel grants to fellows-in-training for their outstanding abstracts in the field of allergy, asthma and immunology. For the youth, the Alliance offers “ACAAI KIDS” programs with adult accompaniment. We offer social and educational programs during the annual meeting for members and guests.

Interested in becoming a member? Click here for more information!

Registration:
2013 ACAAI Annual Meeting attendees are requested to please register their spouses, guests and families, either online or by using the registration forms that can be found at www.acaai.org.

Registration fees include admittance to the Hospitality Suite, Exhibit Hall, any open session and the social events:

  • Alliance Members (in good-standing) - $40
  • Spouses/Guests/Children over 12 - $95
  • FIT Spouses - Complimentary
  • Hospitality Suite:
    The Hospitality Suite offers complimentary coffee and continental breakfast for registered Alliance Members as well as for the guests and families of 2013 Annual Meeting attendees. Located in the Hilton Baltimore Hotel, the Hospitality Suite will be open from 8:00 to 10:30 am, Friday, November 8th through Monday, November 11th.

    Activities in Baltimore:
    The following presentations and events are complimentary:

    Friday, November 8th:
    8:30 – 9:30 am
    Hospitality Suite, Hilton Baltimore Hotel
    The History of Baltimore
    A tour guide’s overview of the history of Baltimore and the must-see attractions while you’re here - founded in 1608 by Captain John Smith, Baltimore’s rich history includes everything from pirates to Duchesses, tycoons and sports legends!

    Saturday, November 9th:
    8:30 – 9:30 am
    Hospitality Suite, Hilton Baltimore Hotel
    Baltimore Beer: A Satisfying History of Charm City Brewing>
    Since Mary Pickersgill sewed Old Glory on the floor of a local brewery, Baltimore has been a beer-drinking town. At the turn of the nineteenth century, German immigrants erected elaborate breweries and leafy beer gardens, and the thirteen awful years of Prohibition only whetted the city’s thirst for frosty pints. By the 1950s, Gunther and National Bohemian had joined advertising forces with the Orioles and the Colts in a spirited battle with American, Free State and Arrow for the palates and wallets of the Chesapeake Bay’s burgeoning beer-drinking population.
    Since Mary Pickersgill sewed Old Glory on the floor of a local brewery, Baltimore has been a beer-drinking town. At the turn of the nineteenth century, German immigrants erected elaborate breweries and leafy beer gardens, and the thirteen awful years of Prohibition only whetted the city’s thirst for frosty pints. By the 1950s, Gunther and National Bohemian had joined advertising forces with the Orioles and the Colts in a spirited battle with American, Free State and Arrow for the palates and wallets of the Chesapeake Bay’s burgeoning beer-drinking population.

    Baltimore beer scholar and journalist Rob Kasper traces the sudsy story from the days when alehouses lined the Jones Falls to the tales behind the current crop of local brewers who are fermenting a craft brew revival. Join Kasper as he uses interviews, stunning vintage images and a few recipes to pop the cap on Charm City’s brewing history.

    9:30 – 10:30 am
    Hospitality Suite, Hilton Baltimore Hotel
    ACAAI KIDS: “Fur, Feathers & Scales” - A visit from the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
    An Animal Educator from the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore will discuss the major characteristics of the four animal classes (mammals, birds, reptile and fish). Four live animals will be featured, typically one from each category so the kids can learn what these animals eat, what their habitats are and what special adaptations they have for what they do best.

    6:00 - 7:00 pm
    Alliance International Reception
    International attendees are cordially invited to attend the Alliance International Reception on Saturday, November 9 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel.

    Sunday, November 11th:
    8:30 – 9:30 am
    Hospitality Suite, Hilton Baltimore Hotel
    “Seafood of the Chesapeake” with Chef Jerry Pellegrino
    Executive Chef Jerry Pellegrino is fascinated by food and wine, and the way they work in harmony on the palate. His understanding of the two goes all the way to the molecular level, drawing on his advanced education in molecular biology. His cuisine is simple and surprising, pairing unexpected ingredients together to work with wines from the United States.

    Learn some tricks of the trade as Chef Pellegrino whips up local specialties featuring seafood recipes traditional to Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay region.

    ACAAI KIDS: Clown School - For the Young and Young at Heart
    9:30 – 10:30 am
    Hospitality Suite, Hilton Baltimore Hotel
    A clown professor leads a hilarious educational program filled with clown antics loved by kids and their parents. Learn juggling, plate spinning and balloon animal artistry.

    Annual Business Meeting & Luncheon:

    The 2013 Annual Business Meeting & Luncheon will take place Sunday, November 10th from 12:30 – 3:00 pm at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel.

    There is limited seating for this event, so please make sure to register beforehand. If you are already registered for the Annual Meeting and would like to sign up for the Business Meeting, please email us

    Volunteer Opportunities:

    The Alliance is currently looking for volunteers to serve as hostesses in the Hospitality Suite and during ACAAI KIDS programming. Click here to volunteer your time

    Things to do in Baltimore:

    Below you will find information for just some of the fantastic sites to visit in the city, please take advantage of them to plan your trip!

  • Visitor’s Guide to the City
    http://baltimore.org/visitors/tour-baltimore/
    1-877-Baltimore
    Visit Baltimore’s website has loads of information on the sights and sounds of the city!

  • Baltimore Trolley Tours
    With so much to do and see on your visit, why not sit back, relax and take a trolley tour of the city? Visit http://www.baltimoretrolleytour.com/ for more details.

  • Maryland Science Center
    http://www.mdsci.org/
    Located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the Maryland Science Center is a great place to let your senses and mind wander as you experience amazing sights and hands-on activities. Featuring an IMAX theater and a planetarium, it's sure to please everyone.

  • National Aquarium
    http://www.aqua.org/
    The National Aquarium in Baltimore houses sharks, dolphins, rays and tropical fish among the more than 16,000 creatures in naturalistic exhibits, including a walk-through rain forest, an exciting live-action dolphin show and a new Australian exhibit.

  • Harborplace and the Gallery
    http://www.harborplace.com/
    Located in the heart of the Inner Harbor on Pratt Street, Harborplace and The Gallery offer unique shopping, diverse dining and a variety of entertainment right on the picturesque waterfront. With over 100 shops, restaurants and unique eateries and live seasonal entertainment, Harborplace and The Gallery are a great place to spend an afternoon!

  • Port Discovery Children's Museum
    http://www.portdiscovery.org/
    Port Discovery Children's Museum provides experiences that ignite imagination, inspire learning and nurture growth through play. The Museum offers 3 floors of educational, interactive and hands-on/minds-on experiences designed for children ages 2-10 years of age. Port Discovery has served over 2.5 million visitors and continues to grow as one of the leading non-traditional educational resources in the Mid-Atlantic region.

  • Mount Vernon Place Guided Walking Tour
    http://www.portdiscovery.org/
    Location: Mount Vernon
    Company name: Mount Vernon Cultural District
    Contact name: Ed
    Reservations: 410-385-0424. Reservations necessary: Yes
    Length of tour: 90 minutes
    Time: 10 a.m. (Saturdays)
    Days: Saturdays, April - November
    Departure location: Peabody Court Hotel, 612 Cathedral Street
    Individual price: $10 per person
    http://www.mvcd.org/ Take a stroll through history with this guided tour of Mount Vernon Place. See the 19th century architecture and hear the stories of the fashionable and wealthy residents who called Mount Vernon their home.
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