Founded in 2012, the HAExpert Meeting has welcomed delegates from around the world over the last eight years, facilitating the exchange of knowledge between experts in the field of hereditary angioedema and the HAE community. With a highly distinguished faculty representing HAE treatment centres from across Europe and beyond, the HAExpert Meeting has provided an annual forum, allowing delegates to engage in cutting-edge educational lectures and workshops which also provide the opportunity for interaction.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in postponement of the 2020 event. However, the HAExpert programme will continue to educate and share best practice through virtual events and a face-to-face meeting will be reinstated as soon as it is safe to do so. For a snapshot of what happened last year, please see the report below.
HAExpert Annual Meeting 2019
The 6th HAExpert Meeting was held in Berlin, Germany on 21–22 March 2019. The meeting was chaired by Prof Marcus Maurer and Prof Markus Magerl of the Department of Dermatology and Allergy, Charité – Universitätsmedizin, Berlin. There were 17 faculty including Kathrin Schön, a patient with HAE who was invited by Prof Maurer to share her valuable experience.
The objectives of the meeting were:
- To increase knowledge in the diagnosis and management of HAE
- To create an opportunity to exchange experience with practitioners from different countries
- To provide the opportunity to meet experts with a long experience in treating HAE
- To explore the patient experience of HAE
In total, 108 participants attended from 18 countries. As well as those from Europe and Russia, participants from South America were invited for the first time. In addition, world-renowned authority Professor Allen Kaplan from the USA delivered a guest lecture, describing his experience of 50 years working in the field of HAE.
Day one of the meeting focused on the pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of HAE, including tailored treatment and measurement of disease activity/control.
Day two consisted of presentations in the morning focused on special patient populations, followed by interactive workshops in the afternoon. Three workshops were conducted in parallel covering three topics; concomitant diseases, medication and HAE; lifestyle choices and HAE; talking with patients – tips and tricks. The attendees were divided into three groups to participate in each workshop on a rotational basis.
Understanding HAE: Pathophysiology and
Prof Anette Bygum
HAE and the complement system
Prof Hilary Longhurst
Diagnosing HAE: Challenges and solutions
Dr Avner Reshef
Understanding HAE: Measuring the burden
Ass Prof Karsten Weller
Tailored treatment: Current options
Prof Werner Aberer
Optimising treatment: The role of self-administration
Dr Andrea Zanichelli
Management of HAE in women
Dr Teresa Caballero
HAE patients with normal C1-INH
Prof Konrad Bork
The paediatric HAE patient
Dr Christina Weber
Concomitant diseases, medication and HAE
Prof Henriette Farkas and Dr Kinga Köhalmi
Lifestyle choices and HAE
Prof Markus Magerl and Dr Vasiliki Zampeli
Talking with patients – tips and tricks
Prof Marcus Maurer and Dr Thomas Buttgereit
The format for each workshop was slightly different but designed to maximise interactivity and participant engagement. The facilitators used a variety of tools including videos, case reports, and group discussion to ensure lively and informative sessions for the participants.
Closing the meeting, the Chairs emphasised the importance of the HAExpert Meeting in bringing together physicians from across the world to share their knowledge of HAE, and sounded a call to action for the next generation of HAE experts.
“Activities and organisation of the workshops triggered discussion and provided fun. Great idea to include patients’ perspectives”
“Great introduction to the field of HAE, covering both pathophysiology and clinical aspects of the condition”
“Enlightening review and sharing of patient and physician experiences regarding HAE”
6th Meeting Kaiser-Friedrich Haus, Berlin, Germany – March 2019
5th Meeting Mövenpick Hotel, Berlin, Germany – March 2018
4th Meeting Fleming’s Hotel Wien-City, Vienna, Austria – June 2016
3rd Meeting Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona – June 2015
2nd Meeting Luigi Sacco Hospital, University of Milan, Italy – June 2013
1st Meeting University Hospital of Grenoble, France – June 2012