WHO/IUIS Allergen Nomenclature Sub-Committee

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WHO/IUIS Allergen Nomenclature Sub-Committee

Allergens to be considered for inclusion in the nomenclature are reviewed by the WHO/IUIS Allergen Nomenclature Sub-Committee, which is currently chaired by Dr. Joana Vitte (University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France) and Dr. Christian Radauer (Medical University of Vienna, Austria). The committee has 23 members from academia, government regulatory agencies and industry who are leading experts in allergen characterization, structure and function (see Table).

The committee meets annually or biannually at international allergy/immunology meetings and discusses any proposed changes or additions to the nomenclature. There is also a committee-at-large, which is open to any scientist with an interest in allergens, to whom decisions made by the Sub-Committee are circulated.

Science Co-Chair
Christian Radauer, Ph.D.

Medical University of Vienna

Center of Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology

Department of Pathophysiology and Allergy Research

Vienna, Austria

Liaison Co-Chair
Joana Vitte, M.D., Ph.D.

University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne

Faculty of Medicine

University Hospital of Reims

Immunology Laboratory

Reims, France

Geoffrey A. Mueller, Ph.D.

Associate Scientist

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

National Instutute of Health

Research Triangle Park, NC, USA

Active Founding Member
Thomas A. E. Platts-Mills, M.D., Ph.D.

University of Virginia

Medical Center

Department of Medicine

Division of Allergy and Immunology

Charlottesville, VA, USA

Sub-Committee Members
Heimo Breiteneder, Ph.D.

Medical University of Vienna

Center of Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology

Department of Pathophysiology and Allergy Research

Vienna, Austria

Sanny K. Chan, M.D., Ph.D.

Allergy and Clinical Immunology Medical Group

Santa Monica, CA, USA

Maksymilian Chruszcz, Ph.D.


Michigan State University

Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

East Lansing, MI, USA

Gabriele Gadermaier, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Paris Lodron University Salzburg

Biosciences and Medical Biology

Salzburg, Austria

Richard E. Goodman, Ph.D.

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Professor - Food Science & Technology

Food Allergy Research & Resource Program

Lincoln, NE, USA

Christiane Hilger, Ph.D.

Luxembourg Institute of Health

Department of Infection & Immunity

Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

Thomas Holzhauser, Ph.D.


Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedicines

Division of Allergology

Langen, Germany

Alain Jacquet, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Chulalongkorn University

Faculty of Medicine

Department of Biochemistry

Bangkok, Thailand

Uta Jappe, M.D., MSc.


Division of Clinical & Molecular Allergology

Research Center Borstel, Leibniz Lung Center

Borstel, Germany


Interdisciplinary Allergy Outpatient Clinic

Department of Pneumology

University of Lübeck

Lübeck, Germany

Jonas Lidholm, Ph.D.

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Uppsala, Sweden

Andreas Lopata, Ph.D.

Group Leader, Molecular Immunology

James Cook University

Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Vera Mahler, M.D.


Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedicines

Langen, Germany

Markus Ollert, M.D.


Department of Infection and Immunity

Centre de Recherche Public de la Santé (CRP-Santé)

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Anna Pomés, Ph.D.

Research Director


Charlottesville, VA, USA

Monika Raulf, Ph.D.

Institute of Prevention and Occupational Medicine of the German Social Accident Insurance (IPA)

Institute of the Ruhr-University Bochum

Department of Allergology/Immunology

Bochum, Germany

Alexandra Santos, M.D., Ph.D.

King's College London

Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine

London, United Kingdom

Edzard Spillner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Aarhus University, Immunological Biotechnology

Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering

Aarhus, Denmark

Josefina Zakzuk Sierra,Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

University of Cartagena

Institute of Immunological Research

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Yuzhu Zhang, Ph.D.

United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Western Regional Research Center

Albany, CA, USA

Members at Large
Martin D. Chapman, Ph.D.


Charlottesville, VA, USA

Jørgen N. Larsen, Ph.D.


Hørsholm, Denmark

Marianne van Hage, M.D., Ph.D.

Karolinska Institutet

Department of Medicine Solna

Division of Immunology and Allergy

Stockholm, Sweden

Ronald van Ree, Ph.D.

Academic Medical Center

Department of Experimental Immunology

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Stefan Vieths, Ph.D.

Vice President


Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedicines

Langen, Germany