PawankarPresident of World Allergy Organization
Professor of Allergy, Department of Pediatrics Nippon Medical School, Tokyo, Japan.
Guest Professor, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea
Guest Professor, Showa University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

M.D. Degree: Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, India
Post Graduation: BJ Medical College, Pune, India.
Doctorate in Allergy and Immunology: Nippon Medical School, Tokyo, Japan

Research Interests:

  • Airway inflammation and remodeling
  • Mast cells and their role in allergic airway inflammation and airway remodeling
  • T cell subsets especially: gamma delta T cells and their functional role in fundamental and clinical research
  • Epithelial cells in allergic inflammation and airways remodeling
  • Cytokine and chemokine network, in allergic inflammation
  • Molecular and immunological mechanisms of allergic rhinitis, OME Rhinosinusitis, Nasal Polyps, Asthma
  • Risk factors of allergic diseases and asthma
  • Current and Novel treatment strategies for allergic diseases including immunotherapy

Ruby Pawankar is President of the World Allergy Organization (WAO). She is Professor of Allergy, Department of Pediatrics at Nippon Medical School in Tokyo, Japan, and Guest Professor at the Kyung Hee University School of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea, and Showa University School of Medicine in Tokyo, Japan. After graduating in medicine from the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, India, Prof. Pawankar did her residency and post graduation from BJ Medical College, Pune. Thereafter, she trained in Allergy & Clinical Immunology at Nippon Medical School and Juntendo University School of Medicine in Tokyo, Japan where she earned her doctorate. Prof. Pawankar serves on numerous committees of several academic organizations and grant reviews, is a Member/Fellow of many academic organizations, including the Collegium International Allergolicum, and has served as President of some of these organizations. She has delivered numerous orations/named lectures nationally and internationally. She is a recipient of several academic awards including the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award from the President of India for excellence and achievements in medicine. Prof. Pawankar’s research has focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of allergy, in particular characterizing mast cells and T cells, epithelial cell-immune cell interactions, novel roles of IgE, mast cell-IgE cascade, environmental pollution, immunotherapy and new therapies for respiratory allergies. This has resulted in 382 publications including peer-reviewed original articles, invited reviews and book chapters. She is Editor/ Associate Editor of peer-reviewed journals and books including the WAO White Book on Allergy and Allergy Frontiers and is a co-author of consensus documents.

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