The HKIA plays a significant role in training physicians and allied health professionals in the discipline of Allergy in Hong Kong


Allergy is one of the most common chronic illnesses, and includes allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy), ocular allergy, atopic dermatitis, asthma, food allergy and insect allergy.


Do you sneeze, have itchy and runny nose when the season changes? Do you suffer symptoms of itching after eating certain foods? These might be signs of allergy.


8 - 9 October 2016
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

What's New

HKIA Awards

HKIA Council is pleased to announce that awards 2016 have been awarded to the below members:

President’s Medal 2016
Awardee: Dr. Sami Bahna

HKIA Research Excellence in Allergic Diseases Award
Awardee: Dr. Tak-hong Lee

HKIA Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Allergy Award
Awardee: Dr. Helen Chan

HKIA Outstanding Contributions as an Allied Health Professional in Allergic Diseases Award
Awardee: Ms. June Chan

HKIA Scholarship

HKIA welcomes submission of scholarship application for training / study / research programmes overseas. First round of application is closed. Next round of application will be starting from 1 July until 30 September 2017.
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HKIA Education Fund for Local and Overseas Conference

HKIA welcomes submission of education fund for local and overseas conference. Applicants should submit applications at least 8 weeks before the educational event to allow time for processing.
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HKIA Research Grant

We are glad to announce that we have received a few applications for the first call of research grant application. Successful candidates have been informed about the result. Congratulations !

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HKIA e-Newsletter (May 2016 issue)

The HKIA 3rd e-newsletter is launched on 9 May 2016. Click here to read the newsletter.

HKIA New Guidelines are Approved

Guidelines on Allergy Diagnosis
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HKIA Council Member and Advisor Honoured

We are pleased to announce that Professor Yu-lung Lau (HKIA Advisor) is elected as the President of Hong Kong College of Paediatricians (2015 - 2018) and Professor Gary Wong (HKIA Council Member) is elected as the President of Asia Pacific Association of Paediatric Allergy Respirology and Immunology (starting from 2013).

New Patron of HKIA

HKIA is pleased to announce that Dr. Ko Wing-man, Secretary for Food and Health in The Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, has accepted the invitation to be the Patron of HKIA from 13 April 2015. The previous Patron, the late Sir QW Lee served with great distinction and HKIA will be working under Dr. Ko's leadership to drive forward its ambitious agenda in the coming years to improve allergy service provision, training and research.

Latest Activities

Support Breastfeeding at the 24th International Baby/ Children Products Expo at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center in Aug 2016
Pediatric Allergy Prevention Workshop on 12, 19, 26 July 2016

2nd Asia Pacific Paediatric Summit on Allergy Prevention held on 11 – 12 May 2016 in Bangkok

"What's new in Allergy?" Symposium on 16 March 2016

First HKIA Nursing and Allied Health Symposium held on 12 January 2016

Social Activities

News Corner

Letter to Members and Brief Strategy

Useful Links

About HKIA

The Hong Kong Institute of Allergy was founded in 1995, by a group of Allergists, Chest Physicians, Paediatricians and Dermatologists, to promote the discipline of allergy. Founding members included Dr. Donald Yu, the late Dr. William Yip, Dr. Helen Chan, Dr. Patrick Yuen, Dr. John Leung, Dr. Christopher Lai and the late Dr. Avery Chan.

Hong Kong Allergy Convention 2016 was successfully held on 8 – 9 October 2016. Almost 500 delegates attended the Convention and were updated on recent discoveries and new strategies in prevention and treatment of allergies. Professor Sally Wenzel gave the Sir QW Lee Lecture on "Molecular Phenotypes of Asthma: Moving towards Endotypes and Precision Medicine". To view Professor Sally Wenzel's biography, please <click here>.

The HKIA Best Poster Awards were also announced:

Best Non-clinical Poster Award of HKAC 2016
Awardee: Ms Jing Zhu
Paper titled: The Role of Anti-inflammatory Cytokine IL-37b in Ameliorating Allergic Asthma

Best Clinical Poster Award of HKAC 2016
Awardee: Professor Ting-fan Leung
Paper titled: Lung Function Trajectory as Measured by Spirometry in Chinese Children with Asthma

To view the photos of the Convention, please click to the below links:

  1. Opening Ceremony on 8 Oct 2016
  2. HKIA Awards Presentation on 9 Oct 2016
  3. Media Briefing on 9 Oct 2016
  4. HKIA 20th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at Dynasty Club on 9 Oct 2016 (1441)
  5. Convention on 8 – 9 Oct 2016 (1355, 1364 & 1392)
  6. Social gatherings

HKIA 20th Anniversary Books

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of HKIA, the council has published 2 anniversary books, one on institute’s development and the other one for public education on allergy. Please click the below to download the books.
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World Energy Outlook Special Report on Energy and Air Pollution 2016

"World Energy Outlook Special Report on Energy and Air Pollution 2016" by the International Energy Agency has been published.
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"Clean Air and You" – Environmental Protection Department

Please be advised that Environmental Protection Department will launch a video series entitled "Clean Air and You" which are available in three languages, including Cantonese, English and Putonghua. You can download the episodes from their website at: