UA’s Dr. Donata Vercelli Elected First Female Secretary General of International Allergy Collegium

Donata Vercelli, MD, associate director of the Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, has been elected the first female secretary general of the Collegium Internationale Allergologicum.

Founded in 1954, the Collegium is a group of distinguished international physicians and scientists who study the emerging field of allergy and clinical immunology.

Dr. Vercelli has been a member of the Collegium for more than 25 years. As the organization’s new secretary general, she eventually will advance to the position of president after serving as the organization’s vice president.

“Being elected to a leadership position in the Collegium is humbling. Most of the people who have served in such positions are giants in the allergy and asthma field,” said Dr. Vercelli. “I am even more humbled and honored to be the first woman elected to such a prestigious role.”

Dr. Vercelli officially was inducted into her leadership position in early October at the Collegium’s 32ndsymposium in Mallorca, Spain.

Dr. Vercelli also is a professor of cellular and molecular medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, director of the Arizona Center for the Biology of Complex Diseases and a member of the UA BIO5 Institute.

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11/06/2018 - 1:30am
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